Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing Key  (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight 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. Do as many of the 12 problems we started in class as you feel you need to to understand solving systems of equations by substitution.

  3. Complete the Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.


  4. Due by Wednesday, November 6th: Complete the Stacking Cups Blog Post on your Algebra Reflective Blog.


  5. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on anything we've done so far.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing Assessment.

  2. Watch and complete the Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution 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.

  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 ready to ask them and/or figure them out with your classmates.

  4. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf). Again, sorry about the confusion today. I'll do better tomorrow. Promise.


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete the Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  2. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Parallel and Perpendicular Lines Key  (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight 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. We'll finish the toilet problem on Monday, but you might have a conversation with your parents about water needs in Colorado and ways you might be able to conserve.

  3. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Parallel and Perpendicular Lines Assessment on Friday.

  2. Spend a few minutes reading through On the Road Again (again) and reminding yourself of what that problem entailed.

  3. Watch and complete the Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing 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.

  4. 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.

  5. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Writing Linear Equations in Standard Form Key  (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight 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 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on anything we've done so far. Also, there were review problems on today's lesson we didn't get to - perhaps pick a few of those to try as well.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Writing Linear Equations in Standard Form assessment tomorrow.

  2. Watch and complete the Parallel and Perpendicular Lines 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.

  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 ready to ask them and/or figure them out with your classmates.

  4. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete the Writing Linear Equations in Standard Form Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  2. Play around with How Does the Graph Change on Desmos if you want.

  3. Relax.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today we took our Midterm. Check the portal to see how you did.

Your homework for tonight is:

  1. Watch and complete the Writing Linear Equations in Standard Form 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.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Writing and Graphing Linear Equations Key  (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight 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. Prepare for the Midterm tomorrow. Midterm Review (pdf) and the worked-out solutions (pdf). You could also look over today's lesson (pdf).


  3. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on anything we've done so far.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).



Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Writing and Graphing Linear Equations Assessment on Monday.


  2. Continue preparing for your Midterm by reviewing problems that you're not confident about on the  Midterm Review (pdf). Here is a link to the worked-out solutions (pdf) to check your work. STUDY! (please)


  3. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on anything we've done so far.


  4. Don't forget your parent-teacher conference reflection blog post due before you go to bed Sunday night.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Your GDA Is More Important Than Your GPA

My daughter is thirteen and each morning I send her off to school with some combination of the following advice.
Have a great day. Work hard. Do your best. Learn a lot. Have fun. Be happy. Be kind. Be curious.
If she achieves most of those on any given day then I think it was a good day. I was thinking about this earlier this week when I was invited in to some of our Government classes here at AHS to talk about education. The students were having a fishbowl discussion about education, and our school system, and what changes they might want to make to make it better. Mr. Escue and Mrs. Winn invited in some other teachers (including me) to participate in the fishbowl discussions and push their thinking a bit.

Several things struck me from the conversation, including how stressed many of these students appeared to be. They were mostly stressed by the pressure they perceived they were under to "perform well" and "get good grades." It was a real struggle to direct the conversation back to learning, and what they felt the purpose of high school should be, and away from grades, graduation requirements, and colleges.

As I was thinking about this last night I thought about what I tell my own daughter each day and wondered if she feels as stressed as these students do. It turns out she does feel many of the same pressures, even though she has heard her parents say many times what we feel is important (and can even repeat it back to us). That makes me think that we (as parents) and I (as a teacher) need to do a better job of stressing what I think is important to you (my students) as well as to my daughter. Even though what I say to my daughter each morning is pretty good and succinct, I tried to think of something that might sum it up a bit better in one sentence. This is what I came up with:
Your Good Day Average (or GDA) is more important than your Grade Point Average (GPA).
So I'm going to try to say that a bit more often to both my daughter and to you guys. Because I really do believe that if you work hard, do your best, learn a lot, have fun, be happy, be kind, and be curious - then you did have a good day.

This would be a great conversation to have with your parents as well to see what they think about all of this. What do they - and you - consider to be a good day?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).



Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete the Writing and Graphing Linear Equations Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  2. Continue preparing for your Midterm by starting working through the Midterm Review (pdf). It's up to you, but I would recommend completing it (which is problems #12-15 and #18-21) tonight. Here is a link to the worked-out solutions (pdf) to check your work.

  3. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on anything we've done so far.

  4. Due Sunday: Before you go to bed Sunday night please write a reflection for Parent/Teacher Conferences. You have two choices for where to post this. I would prefer that you post it on your personal Algebra Reflective blog. If, however, you have something you want to share in your reflection that you would rather not be public, you can also do this in a Google Doc and then share it with me. If you blog it, create a new post titled "Parent/Teacher Conference Fall 2013 Reflection". If you create a Google Doc, name it the same thing and make sure you share it with me when you're finished.

    Here's your prompt:

    Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up next week. Since these conferences are about you, I think you should be there. It makes very little sense to me that we should have a conference about you and you’re not there, so I’m encouraging your parents to come and to bring you with them. Please bring your Algebra notebook as well, so that we can look at your work if we need to.


    Whether you end up attending or not, I want you to spend some time thinking about what you want your parents to know about this class and how you are doing. Here are some questions for you to respond to:

    * Has class met your expectations? Why or why not?
    * What's going well for you?
    * What's challenging for you?
    * What could I do as your teacher that would help you be more successful?
    * What could you do as a student that would help you be more successful?
    * Is there anything your parents can do to help you be more successful?
    * Is there anything else you think your parents should know about this class or about how you are doing in this class?


    Please be thoughtful and specific in your responses, and please don't wait until the last minute, as I want you to put some real thought into this. The more you put into it, the more valuable it will be for you, me and your parents. Thanks.

  5. Prepare a note card (or equivalent, no larger than 4 by 6 - those are inches, people) for use on Tuesday's midterm.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).



Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Watch and complete the Writing Linear Equations in Point-Slope Form 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. Continue preparing for your Midterm by starting working through the Midterm Review (pdf). It's up to you, but I would recommend doing problems #7-11 and #16 tonight. Here is a link to the worked-out solutions (pdf) to check your work.


  4. Complete application problem #5 on this Google Doc.

  5. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on anything we've done so far.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Writing Linear Equations Using Slope-Intercept Form Key  (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).



Your homework for tonight 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 application problem #3 on this Google Doc.

  3. Start preparing for your Midterm by starting working through the Midterm Review (pdf). It's up to you, but I would recommend doing problems #1-6 and #17 tonight. Here is a link to the worked-out solutions (pdf) to check your work.

  4. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on anything we've done so far.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

Graphing Linear Equations Using Slope-Intercept Form Key  (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).



Your homework for tonight 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. Prepare for the Writing Linear Equations Using Slope-Intercept Form assessment on Monday.

  3. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on writing equations using slope-intercept.

  4. Have fun. Be safe. Wear your seat belts.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:


  1. Prepare for the Graphing Linear Equations Using Slope-Intercept Assessment. 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.

  2. Complete the Writing Linear Equations in Slope-Intercept Form Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Don't forget your Sloping Letters Puzzle Blog Post due on Friday.

  4. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on Graphing Using Slope-Intercept form.
Here's the video to help remind you about wearing your seat belt. Please.



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Slope/Rate of Change Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight 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 steps 6 and 7 of the How Long Does It Take to Sober Up activity.

  3. Watch and complete the Writing Linear Equations in Slope-Intercept Form 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Complete the Graphing Linear Equations Using Slope-Intercept Form Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  6. Don't forget your Sloping Letters Puzzle blog post due Friday.

  7. You can always head over to Braingenie for more practice on graphing using slope-intercept.