On Monday, August 7th, 2017 #geomchat will make its reappearance on Twitter. While this is a scheduled chat, we encourage those that are unable to attend to join in the conversation by following #geomchat. Questions will also posed throughout the week following the chat that are related to the week's focus. It is our hope that the scheduled chat accompanied by the slow chat option will make it possible for more geometry teachers, or those simply interested in the teaching of a geometry course, to participate. A geometry forum has also been established at mtbos.org/forum to allow us to share more detail than what 140 characters will allow and to share files. A thread related to first day activities has already started at that site.
The focus for our first chat will be the planning and pacing of a geometry course. As we are all aware, it can be difficult to teach all of the geometry skills and content in a school year's time. The CCSS set forth some guidelines dictating which topics will be assessed, but which of these topics do you feel are necessary to ensure a quality geometry course? Likewise, which topics can be skipped (and perhaps taught at the end of the year)? What role does vocabulary play in the course and what techniques can be used to help make it more meaningful and memorable to our students? Lastly, which manipulatives and resources (preferably free ones) should a geometry teacher have at their disposal?
If you have suggestions on topics for later chats, please comment below. We look forward to having you join us next week!