Tuesday, August 14, 2007

August 14, 2007

I have my own toolkit in math. It is where I keep my supplies for math. There’s only three things in it right now. There’s my coins, my stencil thingies, and a clock. I use it for math to help me do my second grade math journal.

Math was about clocks today. Ms. Hanni did it on her clock and we did it on our clock. They are not real clocks, they are play clocks. We were practicing telling time. We had to try to figure out how to put the big hand and the little hand and if she nodded her head you got it right, and if she didn’t nod her head you got it wrong. Let’s say she says “eight-oh-five” and the kids have to do it on our clocks.


Durff said...

Do you write math journals too?

Grandma F. said...

Somehow I think my comment got sent to your blog with your Grandpa's name instead of mine.
Grandma F.

Barbara S. said...

Hi Abby,
I am a math teacher and I like that you have a toolkit in math. You said your clocks aren't real, so I was wondering if your coins are real? It is awesome that you are learning to tell time. Do you have a watch? I am also curious about your stencil thingies...

Y.Y.Y. said...

Hey, Ab--

In your response to my posting on
eight random things about myself, you asked what grade I taught in college.

That's not an easy question for me to answer because there aren't "grade" levels like in you school or in middle and high schools. In college, the levels are often called Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior--or sometimes just first year, second year, etc. And there is not just one level and room that students of a certain age are in; one student may take four or five courses and her roommate may take four or five completely different courses. You could think of the four college years as sort of equal to grades 13, 14, 15, and 16.

To complicate it further, some students go on to a university graduate or professional school for further study after they finish college--and then after that maybe even on to more study called residency or post-doctoral work. That's a lot of learning!

Teachers don't teach just a particular level. They teach "fields" like English, Spanish, history, zoology, music, medicine, engineering, and so forth--and usually at several levels of difficulty in their fields.

Now that you have that information, I can answer your question better. I taught in the field of mathematics, mostly at the freshman and sophomore college levels. I also taught graduate courses in dental education and college teaching. For three years, I was part of a team that taught a special "core" course in a school of public health. And I also participated in some non-clinical courses and externships in a college of dentistry. (Whew!)

I know that's a long and involved answer, but it's about the simplest that I can explain it. My teaching occurred at five colleges and universities in Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan.

I like shorter answers, don't you?

YeYe F.

Aunt Martha said...

I think Grandpa F. forgot one college.

What about the one in Florida Grandpa?

Abby F. said...

Barbara – Yes, my coins are real. Yes, I do have a watch but I don’t ever wear it usually. The stencil thingies are like pattern blocks because they have the same shapes only they’re in the stencil.

Grandpa – I like shorter answers, too.