|Augusta High School Parking Lot|
I covered roughly the same material as in the other sessions this year. I started with an overview of test taking strategies. The book we are using, KAPLAN ACT 2011, is more precise on its test taking strategies, and I improved my talk accordingly. Then, the students work on problems for 20 minutes. I broke the work into two periods of 15 minutes and five minutes. The book suggests working through the test in two passes with the same proportion of time. Finally, I highlighted a few of the problems that illustrated the mindset that the ACT requires. I usually spend an hour on this part, but I only had 30 minutes due to the shorter time frame.
There was one teacher and a guidance counselor in the room with me. I am always a bit nervous teaching in front of high school teachers. They have had years of preparation and experience in teaching. My teacher training in graduate school consisted of one handout, a sample syllabus, and instructions not to date the students. At least one of the students said I was "cooler than the last woman."
I've only been to Augusta twice since moving to Kentucky. It is just a few miles closer to Cincinnati than Maysville along the Ohio River. Both Maysville and Augusta are similar in their histories and populations. Here is a picture I took of the river. It is the best I could do with my cell phone while illegally parked.
|A view of the Ohio River|