As my third year of teaching comes to an end (and I recover from Grey’s Anatomy involving George and Izzy), I realize that I have learned so much about myself over these last three years while educating the future of our society. I have not had any time to make a blog post because all of my energy and time has been funneled through spring sports season and my own end of the year anal retention behaviors.
Future Math Classes Happenings
I have been informed I will be teaching AP Calculus AB beginning with the 2009 – 2010 school year. I am very excited at the prospects of my Web 2.0 style in AP Calculus and look forward to stabilizing the math department at the top. This course will be a 1-1 tablet class where each student will have a tablet pc. I am already working on our Moodle installation for next year as I attempt to organize some AP examination material and provide the students with various links. It is going to be a fun and challenging year. I really would have never imagined that my fourth year schedule would give me such a great opportunity to teach the best and brightest students we have to offer in two disciplines.
My courses for next year are as follows:
- Honors Algebra II – 2 Classes
- Pre-Calculus – 2 Classes
- AP Computer Science – 1 Class
- AP Calculus AB – 1 Class
AP Computer Science Happenings
There are numerous post-AP examination activities in all of the AP courses; however, I found a great match this year in my AP Computer Science A course. We are “playing” with Lego Mindstorms and have flashed the NXT module to include the possiblity of Java. We are using a Lejos, which has a Java backbone and will allow the students to program the motors and sensors using our native programming language. Thus far, they have made the following robots before beginning a full exploration of the Lejos Java syntax.
Top Spinner & Spin Art
Car with Game Controller
Claw Car with Game Controller
I can’t wait to see what my students come up with for their java programs. I am making it their Final Exam Project!!!