- I can no longer walk in and wing it...effectively. To get everything out of a lesson (that the authors intend) one must study over the teacher's guide first. The guides are so much different than the typical teacher's edition!
**Later revision - this sounds bad, I know. I also know that "on the real" I am not the only teacher that hits "spells" where my life (at school and with my family) gets so crazy and busy that I can not put the planning time into my school lessons that I would like. This past week has been that way for me.
- I am not going to be able to get the "big picture" until I have taught through the book once.
- Grading is so strange. I haven't quite figured out how to grade effectively using this curriculum. I know I can still give "normal" quizzes but... it is harder to identify good places for quizzes...and they aren't really recommended...
- Since almost every activity has a context you can spend forever on them if you want to...
- It is easy to get frustrated when things are so unfamiliar.
- Referencing back to #3...because the way grading is done so differently I feel unsure about where my students stand. I ask them to explain a lot...I think I know where they stand...I think they are learning...look at the picture of an excerpt from a POW write-up
Things I know I'm doing better than before IMP...
- Addressing literacy standards
- Teaching how to solve word problems
- Stretching the students (especially with POWs)
- Questioning...there are always suggested questions in the teacher's guide.
- Making real-world applications
- Celebrating various approaches to problems...I find that since there really isn't a mathematical title to the lesson (i.e. Percent Increase or Systems of Equations, etc...) that students tend to take more varying approaches to problems. Also...I don't say to students as a form of a hint..."Hey guys. ..look at the title of the section!" (I really used to do that sometimes.)
**I love #6 because no problem we face in the real world comes with a title that gives you a hint on how to solve it:)