Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf). (Shoe Size link)

Your homework for Tuesday (Monday is Labor Day) is:

  1. Check the portal for the results of your assessment and make a plan for retake (if necessary), including making an appointment online. You have to score at least a 4.5 out of 5 to be considered proficient. If you score less than a 4.5, then you'll need to come in and re-assess. (If you score a 4.5, you can also choose to come in and re-assess to try to get the 5 - I highly encourage that, but don't require it). If you score below a 3.5, then it will show in the grade book as "missing" (which counts like a 0) until you come in and re-assess at least one time. (It's really important to master these skills as we go along, which is why I put it as missing to make sure you come in and re-assess.)

  2. Complete the Solving Proportions and Percents Pre-Assessment on the Moodle. If you don't get them correct the first time, review a bit, then try them again.

  3. Put at least 10 sheets of graph paper in your math notebook. If you don't have any yet, please try to get some this weekend.


  4. Braingenie if you want more practice on anything we've done so far (just choose the appropriate goal and work as many problems as you'd like.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for Friday is:
  1. Prepare for the Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides Assessment on Friday. There are a variety of ways to do that including, but not limited to: review the online pre-assessment; review your notebook and/or the openers and lessons posted on the blog; review the video, work some practice problems on Braingenie.

    You can, of course, also get help from me, another math teacher, a teacher in the Study Center, a peer tutor in the Study Center, or a parent, sibling or friend. Do whatever works best for you, but make sure you're prepared. The expectation is that you should all be able to do very well on this assessment on Friday.

  2. Don't forget your blog post due by Friday.

  3. Remind your parents that Back to School Night is tonight starting at 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Watch and complete the Solving Proportions and Percents video. As you watch it, please make sure you follow the directions/recommendations for how to watch and complete it. This should probably take about 20 minutes total, so plan accordingly.


  2. After you've completed watching the video, including working out the self-check problems in your notebook, then make sure you login to the Moodle and complete the free-response summary (sample) and submit your self-check answers (just the answers, you only need to show the work in your notebook). Please make a note of any questions you may still have and come to class on Monday ready to ask them and/or figure them out with your classmates.


  3. Also on the Moodle, please complete the Pre-Assessment over Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides. It's just two questions, so it should hopefully only take you 5 or 6 minutes. Make sure you write all of your work down in your notebook (you just need to submit the answers on the Moodle). If you miss one or both of them, spend some time reviewing and then try them again.


  4. Don't forget your blog post that's due Friday.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:

  1. Watch and complete the Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides video. As you watch it, please make sure you follow the directions/recommendations for how to watch and complete it. This should probably take about 20 minutes total, so plan accordingly.

  2. After you've completed watching the video, including working out the self-check problems in your notebook, then make sure you login to the Moodle and complete the free-response summary (sample) and submit your self-check answers (just the answers, you only need to show the work in your notebook). Please make a note of any questions you may still have and come to class ready to ask them and/or figure them out with your classmates.

  3. Your first blog post for Algebra is due on Friday (but don't wait until the last minute). Please title the post: Reflective Blog Post #1 and respond to the following prompt:

    Looking back at your first week plus in Algebra (and your first week plus at AHS), how are you feeling? What's going well or you're excited about? What's challenging or are you concerned about?

    Then I want you to set three goals for yourself for this semester. One goal specifically related to Algebra, one goal related to AHS in general (can be related to classwork, sports, activities, or something else at AHS), and one goal outside of AHS. Make these goals fairly specific, not just "I want to get a good grade." I'll be asking you to revisit these goals toward the end of the semester and evaluate how well you're doing on them, so make them be worthwhile and achievable.

  4. Optional: If you'd like some more practice problems with 2-step equations or solving equations with variables on both sides, head over to Braingenie. (Remember: login with your google apps login and password, then click on Goals, then on the appropriate goal for what you want to practice.) You can also work on those Row Review problems we got started on in class.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for this weekend is:
  1. Please carefully read through How to Watch the Videos. These videos are a very important part of our course, and it's critical that you watch them in an effective manner. If you read this carefully now and follow the recommendations, you're going to do great.

  2. Watch and complete the Solving Two-Step Equations Video. As you watch it, please make sure you follow the directions/recommendations for how to watch and complete it (what you just read in #1 above). This should probably take about 20 minutes total, so plan accordingly.

  3. After you've completed watching the video, including working out the self-check problems in your notebook, then make sure you login to the Moodle and complete the free-response summary (sample) and submit your self-check answers (just the answers, you only need to show the work in your notebook). Please make a note of any questions you may still have and come to class on Monday ready to ask them and/or figure them out with your classmates.

  4. If you want more practice on solving equations with variables on both sides (completely optional), do as many of the problems at Braingenie as you wish (login with your google apps login and password). On the left side click on "Goals", then Click on the goal "Solving Two-Step Equations" and pick and choose from the categories.

  5. If you didn't get a chance to in class, please add my number to your contacts in your cell phone (only if you have a cell phone, obviously) so that you know it's me if I text/call you. That also allows you to easily text/call me if you need to. (Scary, I know, but hopefully helpful.)

  6. Please create your Algebra Reflective Blog following these directions. You don't need to create a post yet, that will come next week, but just get the blog created. If you have trouble, don't worry, I can help you next week (but I think you'll be able to figure it out). If you do get it created, then please email me the URL (again, that URL should be fischalg13firstnamelastinitial.blogspot.com if you followed the directions).
Thanks for a great first week!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Opener (pdf) reviewing the topics on the Math Skills Assessment.

Then we actually took the math skills assessment and talked about checking the results and making appointments to re-assess if necessary (see below).

Then we talked about re-assessing and how important it was to stay on top of things. We added Mr. Fisch's cell phone number to our contacts (if we had our cell phone with us) and signed up for Remind 101. We also talked about commenting on our class blog (see below).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for Friday (remember, no class tomorrow) is:
  1. Check the portal for the results of your assessment and make a plan for retake (if necessary), including making an appointment online. You have to score at least a 3 out of 4 on each area of the math skills assessment to be considered proficient. If you score less than a 3, then you'll need to come in and re-assess.

    Many of you have unscheduled hours on Thursday (tomorrow) - please make an appointment and come in tomorrow if you need to re-assess (or get help). You can also come in during part of your lunch if necessary as the re-assessment over each skill should take 5 minutes or less (still leaving you time to eat). Remember, my office is not in the math office. Instead, it is in the north hall just east of the media center. You can't miss it, it has tons of computer junk in it and pictures of my daughter on the wall.

  2. Go to yesterday's post and take a look at the pictures of the explanations you guys developed on the whiteboards. After looking at the pictures and reflecting on the explanations that went along with them, please leave a comment on that post about at least one way you think we could improve next time we're trying to create a visual explanation for our classmates. Be specific, refer to individual pictures if appropriate, be respectful, and try not to repeat what others have already said (that's an incentive to comment early!). (As a reminder, login with your Google Apps account - if you have any trouble, please let me know.)

  3. If you didn't have your cell phone in class, please add me to your contacts (720.863.4724) and sign up for Remind 101 (text @fischalg13 to 720.463.2064).
If you have any questions about any of this - or class in general - please contact me. Really. I'm here to help, but please advocate for yourself.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Today we began with this opener (pdf) - which was really just a sample so we could all learn the procedure we'll follow at the beginning of class. Trust me, beginning tomorrow the openers will be at a more appropriate mathematical level :-).



We then spent some time reviewing the first four topics on the Math Skills Assessment and each group presented on a particular skill. Please take a look at the following images and critique them (nicely, thoughtfully, helpfully). (Click on each image to view it larger.)

Group 1: Adding and Subtracting Fractions


Group 2: Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers


Group 3: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions


Group 4: Multiplying and Dividing Mixed Numbers


Group 5: Adding and Subtracting Integers


Group 6: Multiplying and Dividing Integers


Group 7: Order of Operations



What could we do better next time to make a better visual explanation of a math topic? Feel free to leave a comment on this post (use your lpsk12.org login please). You don't have to leave a comment tonight, but I will ask you to leave one as part of tomorrow night's homework, so you might just want to go ahead and do that.

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Review for the first four topics on the Math Skills Assessment. You'll be assessed over these skills tomorrow. Don't spend too much time on it, but review any of them you're a little fuzzy on.

  2. If you haven't completed the assignments from last night, please do so, as they are due by first period tomorrow. Make sure you try all your logins (computer at school if you have time, definitely google apps, LPS Campus Portal, and the Moodle). Let me know if you have any difficulties - we'll get them figured out.

  3. Not due until Friday, but leave a comment on this post (using your lpsk12.org login) giving some constructive feedback to one or more of the groups.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Today was a little unusual since you had your freshmen class meeting during our class. Here's your homework (it would be great if you could do it tonight, but it's not due until Wednesday):
  1. Bookmark this blog on your laptop and/or any other computer you use at home. You may want to considering subscribing via email. You may also want to subscribe to the class calendar.

  2. Review for the Math Skills Assessment. We'll review in class tomorrow as well, but you'll be assessed over the first four of these topics (adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing fractions, mixed numbers and integers, as well as order of operations) on Wednesday. You don't need to spend a lot of time on this, but perhaps ten or so minutes reviewing those skills so they're fresh in your mind.

  3. If you haven't already done this, complete the student cell phone information form for me. It takes less than a minute, I promise.

  4. If you haven't already done this, read through our Class Expectations and then fill out the form to indicate you've completed this. Please make sure you have the class supplies listed on that page with you by Wednesday.

  5. If you haven't already done this, please write your About Me and get it to me as soon as you can, and no later than first period on Wednesday. (I'd love to have it sometime tonight.) Please write it in Google Docs and share it with me.

  6. If they haven't already done so, Please remind your parents to fill out this parent/guardian contact information form.
  7. If you haven't already done this, you may want to look through these laptop setup recommendations to get your laptop ready for AHS.
 See you tomorrow!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

August 3rd Email to Parents and Students

Parents,

Summer is about over so it’s time to begin gearing up for school. I shared some information with you earlier, but now I’d like to share some more information with both you and your student. First, two things just for you.

  1. You may want to consider bookmarking or subscribing to our class blog. This will be a great way to know everything that’s going on in class, including homework. You can either bookmark it in your browser, or subscribe to it via RSS or email.
  2. You may want to make a note of my contact information.

Please share the following with your student, and you will probably be interested in reading through it as well. (This is being sent to their LPS gmail account as well - more information on how to access that in a separate email.) Please note that at the end of the information is a request to reply to this email with some information so that I know that you/they got this.



Students,

Welcome to our Algebra class. I’d like to share some information with you now that will help you get off to a good start. Some of the following is just informational and some of it suggest things you can do to get ready.

  1. Math Skills Assessment You hopefully have already been working on the Math Skills Assessment that all incoming AHS freshmen need to complete in order to prepare them to be successful in mathematics at AHS. So, if you haven’t done this yet, or if you did it awhile back and need to review, please take some time to work through it. Our first formal assessment (grade) will be over the first four of these skills on Wednesday, August 21st, so you want to be ready.
  2. Class Expectations Please read through our class expectations (parents, too). It’s important that you read through and understand these expectations, and then fill out the online form to indicate you’ve completed this. Please also note the supplies list on that page and have those with you on the first day of school.
  3. About Me Writing Assignment Your first assignment is going to be to tell me a little bit about yourself. While you don’t have to do this until school begins, I highly encourage you to do it now because that first week of school is kind of crazy. If you do it now you’ll have more time to complete it (and less homework that first week), and I’ll get a chance to know a little bit about you before school starts.
    Please visit my
    About Me page to see your writing prompt and my response to the prompt. If you choose to write this now (and I encourage you to do so), please create it as a Google Doc using your district Google Account (more on that login in a minute) and share it with me (kfisch@lps.k12.co.us).
  4. Bookmark Our Class Blog It’s probably going to come in handy to have our class blog bookmarked on your laptop. Go to our class blog and bookmark it. While you’re there, you might look around a little.
  5. What Do You Like to be Called? Do you go by your given name or by a nickname? Please let me know.
  6. Laptop Setup If you’re bringing your own laptop, you might want to look through these laptop setup recommendations and get it ready for AHS.

Please email me back to confirm you received this email, and let me know what you like to be called. If you choose to do the About Me Writing Assignment now, please share that via Google Drive when it’s complete. I’ll be sending your login information in a separate email (for those of you coming from an LPS school, your google login remains the same as it was last year).

Thanks for your time and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

Karl Fisch
Arapahoe High School