One of my seniors had a breakthrough today. We were doing a compare and contrast between primes and composite numbers. He said a prime cannot be divided any smaller but it can be divided into other numbers which are composites. I felt like my students are really starting to develop the vocabulary to discuss mathematics. Hurray.

I had several classes try some practice problems using Exit Ticket. I discovered something that I hadn't realized. When I put input answers I need to list the multiple possibilities or it will mark something as wrong. For instance, one answer was x < 2 which is how I put it in. Several of my students put in x<2 without the spaces and the program did not recognize it as correct. On the other hand, I like the way it shows the different answers and tells me which student put in which answer. It gives the results in a variety of forms so that I can use it. None of my students in period 6 got any of the inequalities right so we'll go over the problems tomorrow.

Since many of my students are classified ELL, I think they were scared of making mistakes. I tried to get them to understand that I was not grading based on the percent results but on having done the practice. I will give them the practice again early next week after going over the problems to see if they improve at all.