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We Built This City

I know it has been a while since my last post.  I am teaching without textbooks this semester, and it is more work than I imagined.  In class, we don’t seem to have a problem.  I never assigned a lot of homework in the past and I very seldom referenced the book in class.  My real problem is the logistics of absent students and students who don’t pay attention in class and all of a sudden realize they want to master the past three weeks of Geometry at home on weekend, so of course they need resources.  I would send a book home, but our school has no extra books, thus the teaching without books this semester.  I have posted a ton of online resources on my class webpage, but I still have several students without internet access.  I’m learning being textfree is liberating for my classroom and limiting to students who need to work alone.

On another topic, my Geometry class completed their city projects.  Every semester, I let my students choose groups and design a city based upon the idea of parallel lines and transversals.  Several groups get very creative and develop 3D monstrosities.  Most groups of students stick to a drawing on poster board.  Either way, the ideas behind the cities are always fun.  I’ve had students design Candyland, Legoland, Classic Rock City, and even Afghanistan. 

This is not an orginal project and I need to give credit.  I use a rubric based upon this one I found on the internet.  The rubric and instructions do a great job of reinforcing the relationships of angles using parallel lines and transversals.  I normally give the students two class days (we are on a block schedule) to complete the project.  I am always pleased when they realize our city, Cleveland, is based upon parallel streets and they identify important buildings in town and their angle relationships.

Categories: General, Geometry
  1. March 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Hey Amber,

    You mean you don’t just tell the students who don’t pay attention for three weeks that they have to stay after school every day for extra help until they get caught up? (If only it were that easy.)

    I’ve found that some students who don’t have internet access at home do have an ipod or an mp3 player or a cellphone that they can download videos onto. Maybe during a study hall they can download tutorial videos from the school computers onto their devices for viewing at home, on the bus ride to their game, etc.

    Paul Hawking
    The Challenge of Teaching Math
    Latest post:
    My grad project on underachieving gifted students

  1. March 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

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