Sunday, May 3, 2009

Principal Interview Questions

Questions thus far: (or at least one draft of them)
  1. Tell us a little bit about your self.
  2. What is your guiding vision for Holton High School?
  3. What are the most important characteristics of a building principal?
  4. What is your Leadership Style?
  5. Do you have a model for discipline
  6. What role do feel technology should play in the high school
  7. If you were offered this position, list your top five priorities for starting a new year with a new staff.
  8. What is your special ed philosophy?
  9. Explain how your would help a struggling teacher.
  10. What is your roll with extra curricular activities
  11. How do you deal with conflict resolution - We give them a scenario or two or let them give us two. Or What type of conflict situations have you been involved with and how did you handle it?
  12. How do you measure the success of a school?
  13. What is the role of career and tech ed at the high school level? Honors & AP classes.
  14. What is the role of extracurricular activities?
  15. What is the role of the school counselor?
  16. Describe what you consider to be a successful teacher and how do you make sure teachers are living up to your expectations?
  17. How will you identify the educational needs and values of the community?
  18. "When considering AYP (adequate yearly progress), how should curriculum and MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) be related?"

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Purpose of this blog...

I'm not a (frequent) blogger, but find me (mathercize) on Plurk / Twitter for brief, but much more frequent thoughts/updates.

This site is used for the occasional (and hopefully more frequent) thoughts on teaching.

Maybe when I get better at teaching, I'll post more...

Bouncing Ball Pattern

I too would like to join the Dan Meyer fan club, for his perspective and helpfulness, but this time for his "Will the ball hit the can" activity.

His post got me thinking about the bouncing ball pattern:

And I wondered how the parabolas were related, in particular, how are the equations of the quadratics related?

So, back to geogebra (using Dan Meyer's work as a template), and in short I was able to change:

  • On the construct:
  1. Neither the presentation of this problem, nor the geogebra file are student ready. This was just a question I had. [I'm still learning geogebra and this was a way for me to get more comfortable with the tool. I now know a way to *add a picture as a background and *create a slider.]
  2. The picture is not mine and therefore is a bit forced as an 'application' problem. I wanted to try the geogebra aspect and so just used a pre-existing pic this time.
  3. I feel that the whole set-up of the factored form is too helpful to be used as-is.
  • On the problem:
  1. In this set-up, the parabolas have very similar leading coefficients and I think its worth testing to see if that's always true. This observation was not my original assumption.
  2. The next question that came to my mind was what I'm calling the basketball fractal (forgive my touchpad-sketching capabilities). The question is, if basketball is shot, hits the rim and is continuously bounced back into the air (with no new force added), then, how will the 'nested parabolas' be related?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

leprachauns everywhere! Let's have lucky charms for dinner!
Educators: What did you not get taught in college? (ex. here's what a preacher wasn't taught: )

Monday, March 16, 2009

what's the rule in town on burning leaves... what about at midnight? I don't trust my neighbor.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Graham Crackers + homemade chocolate frosting = sunday supper
family > internet

Saturday, March 14, 2009 ... and goodnight
DEER! ... (that's plural)