Things have been busy lately, and so it has been difficult to do any decent blogging.
This past Saturday, for example, I taught two hours of calculus and two hours of TAKS math. (An unusually light day, thank goodness! A break! Yay! I got to sleep till 10 AM!! I so needed that.)
But Sunday started at 8:20 AM and was not over until I made it back home after 10 PM. The day was comprised of two+ hours of algebra 2, an hour and a half of algebra 1, an hour of geometry, two other classes for two hours, then two hours of TAKS math.
And Monday was a long day spent tutoring math for ten hours: the day started at 8:15 AM and did not end until 10:20 PM, with some of this time spent on the road, and some spent at home tutoring on the Internet. First thing up was a math marathon at 9 AM, doing 5 hours of college algebra, all with one student; then two hours of TAKS math with another student; then an hour of algebra with a third; and finally two hours of AP calculus to finish my day. Monday, like Saturday and Sunday, was also spent teaching students reasoning and logic. We focused heavily on math, of course, but ranged from there to important, essential connections concerning (depending on the student and what time allowed) thinking skills, note taking skills, logic, Socratic questioning, ancient Greece, Aristotle, Plato, deduction, induction, science, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, and more. Students saw — in general terms and in particular detail — how not merely to do math but how to reason; they learned how math teaches reasoning; they saw how math applies to other areas of life; and they saw the importance of math and of ideas. They are getting a quality education like they will rarely or never find anywhere else. And I love it.