Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Exponent Properties Involving Quotients 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 Define and Use Zero and Negative Exponents Pre-Assessment on the Moodle. I would recommend perhaps doing this on the weekend before we come back so that you can refresh your memory after a week off.

  3. Look back at your Exponents Blog Post and revise it if you need to (got it wrong, didn't explain, etc.). Please email me after you've revised it so that I can grade it.

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

  5. Start studying for the final exam. Seriously.



    As I mentioned in class, an excellent way to study for the final is to watch one Algebra video a day starting tomorrow, then every day until just before finals week (yes, that includes next week when you're off, and includes weekends). Obviously you can double-up on some days if you miss a day, but if you're willing to spend 8-10 minutes a day over the next three plus weeks you'll be well-prepared for the final. You don't have to work the problems (unless you want to), just sit back, watch and listen to help you review (you will need to focus, don't try to multi-task while doing this.)

    I'll post one video a day on the blog, in the order we did them, starting tomorrow. Look for them. This is completely optional, but highly recommended. Or you can wait, try to cram a couple of hours the night before, and take your chances. 


    It's up to you.
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$33.14

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Exponent Properties Involving Products 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 Exponent Properties Involving Quotients Assessment on Friday.


  3. Watch and complete the Scientific Notation 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. Don't forget your Musical Notes Blog Post due Friday.


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

Current Kiva Totals
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$19.14

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Exponent Properties Involving Products Assessment tomorrow.

  2. Complete the Exponent Properties Involving Quotients Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Watch and complete the Define and Use Zero and Negative Exponents 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. Don't forget your Exponents Blog Post - due tomorrow.

  6. Read through the Musical Notes Blog Post - due Friday, November 22nd. Don't start on it yet (unless you want to) until we finish the caffeine problem tomorrow in class.

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

  8. Don't forget about bringing in change (if you want) for Kiva.

Current Kiva Totals
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$0.20$0.20
$0.40

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete the Exponent Properties Involving Products Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  2. Complete the Exponents Blog Post - due Wednesday, November 20th.

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

  4. Don't forget about bringing in change (if you want) for Kiva.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Priceless

Arapahoe, as you know, puts our collective might behind several causes throughout the year. Currently we are asking students and staff to bring in a toy for Toys for Tots. I encourage you to participate in that, not just by bringing in a toy, but also attending the wrapping party and going to Valverde Elementary on December 18th to help distribute the toys.

But I also want you to think more globally in this class. If you happen to read my blog, then you read about Kiva and Team Shift Happens. Here’s a brief description of Kiva:
Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.
And here’s part of what I wrote on my blog about Team Shift Happens:
I lend $25 to an entrepreneur ($25 is the minimum they accept). But I also purchase two $25 gift certificates that I then email to two members of my PLN. I’m asking those folks to then do two things.

First, they can choose which entrepreneur to loan the $25 to. Then I’m asking them to consider doing the same thing – purchasing two $25 gift certificates and emailing them to two members of their PLN (with the same request that those folks continue the cycle, sending two Kiva gift certificates to folks in their network - a Kiva Pay It Forward plan).
The last three years I've challenged my Algebra class to bring in $0.25 a day for each day class met between Thanksgiving break and the end of the semester. I'm going to challenge you guys with the same this year. Conveniently, our class meets ten times between Thanksgiving and the end of the semester, so that’s challenging you to donate a total of $2.50. (You can bring change in this week - before Thanksgiving - as well if you wish - I'll certainly take it!)

I want to be clear – this is not a requirement. This has no effect on your grade. There’s no extra credit, nor will I berate anyone who doesn’t participate. This isn’t about you. Or about me. This is about helping empower people who haven’t had the same opportunities that we enjoy. Some folks think teenagers won’t do this kind of thing if there’s not a payoff for them in it – we’ll see if they’re right.

I wrote a couple of years ago:
Poor people in impoverished communities often don’t have access to financial institutions and capital, and microfinancing addresses this problem. It is especially helpful to women, who often are the key to raising families – and communities – out of poverty. It’s also my opinion that this is one of the best ways to help achieve peace in the world.
So I challenge you to bring in what you can. If that’s a quarter a day (or $2.50 total), that’s great. If it’s less, or more, that’s great as well. You can bring money to class each day expressly to donate, or you can simply find me during the day when you perhaps have some change in your pocket (after lunch?) and donate (no amount is too small – or too large). You can choose to participate yourself, or you can cajole your family and friends to donate some change as well if you want – it’s up to you.

Then I’ll match whatever you donate (up to $100 – I’m not completely crazy). So I’ll take the total of whatever you guys bring in by the last day we meet (our final is on Tuesday, December 17th), and match it with an equal amount, then I’ll take the total and lend it out on Kiva. (If you’d like to help me pick which entrepreneur to lend to, start looking around Kiva and let me know who you think we should fund.)

So, if you occasionally visit Starbucks, consider skipping it once in the next couple of weeks. Or perhaps you could skip that overpriced, not-really-very-healthy-for-you “energy” drink I see some of you drink in the morning. Or if you go out for lunch, skip the soft drink a couple of times. Not only will you be doing your body a favor by skipping one or all of these, but a minor deprivation for you could turn into a possibly life-changing loan for someone else.  (You could even gently bug your parents - nicely - if you're out and about and they get change from a purchase.)

It might only be a fraction of a dollar to you, but to someone in the developing world – it’s priceless.

Kiva - loans that change lives

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Solving Systems of Inequalities 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. Watch and complete the Exponent Properties Involving Quotients 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 on anything we've done so far.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Solving Systems of Inequalities Assessment.

  2. Watch and complete the Exponent Properties Involving Products 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.

  5. Note: I will not be available for help or to re-assess periods 1 through 3 on Thursday this week.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables 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 Solving Systems of Inequalities Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.


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

  4. Note: I will not be available for help or to re-assess periods 1 through 3 on Thursday this week.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Watch and complete the Solving Systems of Inequalities 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. Prepare for your assessment on Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables.

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

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete the Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Solving Systems of Equations by Elimination 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. Watch and complete the Solving and Graphing Inequalities in Two Variables 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 on anything we've done so far.

  5. Note: I will not be available for help/re-assessment on Thursday after period 4 or any time on Friday. If you need help during any of these times, please stop by the Math Office and they will be glad to help you.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


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

  2. I highly recommend you complete the Error Analysis and Multiple Representations Google Doc.


  3. Don't forget about your blog post due tomorrow.


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


  5. Note: I will not be available for help/re-assessment on Thursday after period 4 or any time on Friday. If you need help during any of these times, please stop by the Math Office and they will be glad to help you.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution 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 Which Method Makes Sense problems as you need to to understand.

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

  4. Don't forget the Stacking Cups Blog Post on your Algebra Reflective Blog that's due by Wednesday.

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

  6. Note: I will not be available for help/re-assessment on Thursday after period 4 or any time on Friday. If you need help during any of these times, please stop by the Math Office and they will be glad to help you.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).


Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution assessment.


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


  5. Don't forget your Stacking Cups blog post due next Wednesday. Please don't wait until the last minute.