Author Archives: mbennage

Another one bites the dust

Dear readers (and I know you are few), Today was the last day of school with students. I still have three days of finals and 4 days of teacher wrap-up next week, but I am done…in more ways than one. … Continue reading

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Was I wrong?

Okay, so I had a math student come to me to help them understand a concept. The student showed me several examples of work they had done to try and understand it (which I require in order for them to … Continue reading

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Woe is me

I don’t know how many of you are able to blog so often. I am struggling to stay on top of things because I’ve changed so many things from last year and I am still trying to iron things out. … Continue reading

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Unfortunate Son

Just thought I’d share this since it made me realize how easy it is to do inquiry and how many teachers aren’t doing it. My apologies to anyone directly involved in this that I may offend if they happen to … Continue reading

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Indicative?

I hope my blog stats aren’t indicative of the end scores my students will get under my new grading system. I liked my “score” at week 3…not so much at week 10. But, thanks to all who have visited and … Continue reading

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Calculators

Can I just say I hate, hate, hate TI calculators? I dislike calculators in general because the students don’t know how to interpret the results it gives. Ex: Student – “Mr. Bennage, can you help me? I’ve done this problem … Continue reading

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advice?

For those of you out there who don’t have the ability to change previous quarter/semester grades, how do you handle grades if a student masters a topic after the grades have been submitted? i.e. I have 4 topics I introduce … Continue reading

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Semi-coherent ramblings (…I hope)

Ok, 2 weeks to go and I don’t feel any closer to being ready than I was at the end of last school year. I see so many bloggers with SBG topics, standards, and ideas and I’m still trying to … Continue reading

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The house on the rock stood firm.

This post is my thoughts on a post by Dan Meyer (and its comments – especially 3, 9, and 13) because I think it directly relates to my first post – “what constitutes Mastery?”. Dan was lamenting the fact that … Continue reading

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The journey towards the dark (light?) side.

Okay. My first blog and entry. Sorry if I try to cram too much into this… This journey started back in mid-May, 2010, due to an email I received from the NSTA  physics listserv: Hi, I need your input.  For … Continue reading

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