"The student did very well on his last quiz. Today we went over sections 8.5-8.7 in Chapter 8, covering areas of parallelograms, rhombuses, trapezoids, and circles. I was happy to hear that he had read the material ahead of time. There was a lot of homework problems assigned for these 3 sections, roughly about 90 problems plus the 3 challenge problems.
We started with the challenge problems. There were some questions in Challenge Problems 8.6a (area of an isosceles trapezoid), and 8.6b (area of a trapezoid inside a triangle). Both problems required the use of previous material such as the Pythagorean Theorem, Proportionality of Similar Triangles, among others. I can see him sometimes struggling in these challenge problems, specifically in figuring out what missing information he needs. I asked him if I can give him some feedback and he was very open to it. I suggested to be detail specific and write the actual equation first, then substitute the segments and points specific to the problem. He can then replace the given segments with their respective values and be able to see which one he still needs in order to move forward. I also mentioned the additional benefit of remembering the equations for the test if he was to write them for each problem. For Challenge Problem 8.7, finding the area of a bullseye along with its 2 outer rings, he did very well, almost completing the whole problem on his own. I congratulated him on the initiative and positively redirected him to find the correct solution.
We had about 30 minutes left to work on the remaining problems and were able to get through the 32 exercises in section 8.5 which only had a few challenging ones. He is to complete the remainder of his homework on his own. Again, I was happy to see him put the effort and work through these problems."