Monday, May 19, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Review for the final.

    Recommendation: At a minimum, spend 45 minutes on Saturday and 45 minutes on Sunday reviewing. If you need to, spend more time.

    Then spend 10 minutes on Monday morning before the final (either at home or after you get to school if you get here early) looking over the review packets. This is not a time to "cram", just a time to remind yourself of the types of problems you're going to see and how to approach them. It will help make you more relaxed once you start the final.

    Remember: You can start at 7:15 if you want. Bring pencils, erasers and calculators. If you want, bring a note card, graph paper, ruler and extra paper.

  2. Don't forget the review for the final videos.

  3. Read through the Algebra 1 Second Semester Final Exam Topics.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete Review Worksheet 2 (Key, pdf)
  2. Don't forget the review for the final videos I posted last week.
  3. Read through the Algebra 1 Second Semester Final Exam Topics.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete Review Worksheet 1, #14-17, 19, 20, 24-28

  2. Don't forget the review for the final videos I posted last week.

  3. Read through the Algebra 1 Second Semester Final Exam Topics.

  4. Key for all of Review Worksheet 1 (pdf)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete Review Worksheet 1, #1-13, 18, 21-23

  2. Don't forget the review for the final videos I posted last week.

  3. Read through the Algebra 1 Second Semester Final Exam Topics.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Distance and Midpoint Formula Assessment 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. Finish the First Semester Review Worksheet we worked on in class.

  3. Don't forget the review for the final videos I posted last week.

  4. Read through the Algebra 1 Second Semester Final Exam Topics before Monday.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:

  1. Prepare for the Distance and Midpoint Formula Assessment on Friday.

  2. Don't forget the review for the final videos I posted last week.

  3. Hey, did you hear that Katie got her permit?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pythagorean Theorem Assessment 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 Distance and Midpoint Formula Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Don't forget the review for the final videos I posted last week.

  4. Tired of 2048 yet? Try this.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Pythagorean Theorem Assessment tomorrow.

  2. Don't forget the review for the final videos I posted last week.

  3. You might be interested in this video:

Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Solving Radical Equations Assessment 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 at least one problem (that we didn't do in class) from each of sections 1 through 4 in the Google Doc.

  3. Complete the Pythagorean Theorem Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  4. Check out the review videos I posted on the blog yesterday.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

What Does It Take to be an Elite Athlete?

Watch the video below to find out, but basically innovation, democratization and imagination. More specifically, math, science, technology and mindset.



Huh. Math. Science. Technology. Mindset. Kinda sounds familiar . . .

Review Videos for Second Semester Final Exam

While we didn't have a video for every topic this semester, we did have quite a few of them. Spending some time in the next few weeks watching these will help you prepare for your final exam.

  1. Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
  2. Standard Deviation
  3. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
  4. Multiplying Polynomials
  5. Factoring Polynomials Using GCF
  6. Factoring Polynomials by Grouping
  7. Factoring ax^2 + bx + c
  8. Special Products and Factors
  9. Graphing Quadratics Made Ridiculously Easy
  10. Solving Quadratic Equations Using the Quadratic Formula
  11. Solving Absolute Value Equations
  12. Solving and Graphing Absolute Value Inequalities
  13. Simplifying Radicals
  14. Solving Radical Equations
  15. Pythagorean Theorem
Our final exam is on Monday, May 19th. I would suggest trying to watch all fourteen of these by Monday, May 12th, so that as we review that week you know what you need to focus on. So if you watched one a day between now and then, you'd be in good shape. Up to you, of course.



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Solving Radical Equations Assessment on Friday.

  2. Watch and complete the Pythagorean Theorem Video.

  3. Fun GIF.

  4. If you want, watch this:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Simplifying Radical Expressions Assessment 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 Radical Equations Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Watch this video on Solving Radical Equations. Then go to the Moodle and submit your free response.

  2. Prepare for the Simplifying Radical Expressions Assessment tomorrow.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Graphing Square Root Functions Assessment 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 move the assessment over Simplifying Radical Expressions to Tuesday. So this weekend review what we went over today and do between 2 and 22 problems (as much as you think you need) to practice.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Graphing Square Root Functions Assessment.
  2. Complete the Simplify Radicals Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.
  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Piecewise Functions Assessment 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 Graphing Square Root Functions Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Watch and Complete the Simplifying Radical Expressions video.

  4. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for your Graphing Piecewise Functions Assessment tomorrow.
  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.
  3. Please bring registration cards to class on Friday for me to sign.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Spend some time reviewing piecewise functions and square root functions.
  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Will Your Verse Be?

I'm sometimes (okay, often) not very good at expressing myself. Thankfully, I have other folks I can turn to that can perhaps convey what I was trying to say better than I did today in class. Case in point: Walt Whitman.
O Me! O Life?
By Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, 1892)
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?  
Answer.  
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
This is what I was trying to get at today in class (albeit very poorly). My hope for you is that you may contribute a verse.

The following is a commercial for a product, and it pulls dialog from a movie, but I still think it's powerful.



From Dead Poets Society (1989) 
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, 'O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?' Answer. That you are here--that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be? 
Tom Schulman from "Dead Poets Society"

What will your verse be?

2014 U.S. Federal Income Tax Brackets

Per our discussion in class today, here are the tax brackets for the 2014 tax year. (Note that this is for the current year, not for the taxes that your parents just paid - that was the 2013 tax year.)





These are just the tax brackets. Notice that it refers to "taxable income" which is not the same thing as total income (there are lots of deductions and credits that get factored in), plus some types of income (for example, capital gains, which you might get from selling a stock) are taxed at a different rate than the brackets.

If you look at any one of these categories, you should be able to clearly see how these are examples of piecewise functions.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cubic Functions Assessment 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 Piecewise Functions Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Cubic Functions Assessment tomorrow. Study. Please.

  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Inverse Functions Assessment 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. Look back over today's lesson and think about it!

  3. Complete the Cubic Functions Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  4. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

  5. I will not be available after school on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Inverse Functions Assessment on Monday.
  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

We took the Transformations Common Assessment (not posting the key since it's a Common Assessment).

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 Inverse Functions Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Transformations Assessment tomorrow (remember, just focusing on Quadratics).

  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete the Transformations Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.
  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Solving and Graphing Absolute Value Inequalities Assessment 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. Spend 5 to 15 minutes thinking about stretching and reflecting transformations.
  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for Solving and Graphing Absolute Value Inequalities Assessment on Friday.

  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Solving Absolute Value Equations Assessment 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 Pre-Assessment over Solving and Graphing Absolute Value Inequalities on the Moodle.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. #finishstrong

  2. Prepare for the Solving Absolute Value Equations Assessment tomorrow.

  3. Watch and complete the Solving Absolute Value Inequalities video.

  4. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.


If you're 16 (or 14, or 17, or 11, or really any age), please watch this.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Sometime over spring break, watch and complete the Solving Absolute Value Equations video.

  2. Toward the end of spring break, take some time and review absolute value equations, then complete the Absolute Value Equations Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete these two problems.

  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

  3. Don't forget to charge your computer each night.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We took the Midterm.

Your homework for tonight is:

  1. Check the portal to see how you did.

  2. Make a plan for the remaining 31 days of Algebra.

  3. Please make sure you charge your computer each night so it has a full battery to start the school day.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

No openers today.

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Midterm.

  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

  3. Here's the key (pdf) to Review Worksheet #2.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

No openers today.

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Work on Midterm Review Worksheet #2.

  2. If you haven't yet, complete #4 Des-Man by Sunday Night.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

  4. Here's the key (pdf) to Review Worksheet #1 (the one due by today).

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

No openers today.

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Work on Midterm Review Worksheet #1 (due by Friday).

  2. Due by Friday#4: Des-Man

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

No Openers.

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Work on Midterm Review Worksheet #1 (due by Friday).

  2. Due by Friday#4: Des-Man

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Finish #3 and submit on the Moodle by 11:59 pm tonight.

  2. Due by Friday: #4: Des-Man

  3. Look over Midterm Review Worksheet #1 tonight (not due until Friday). See what you remember really well and what you are going to need to spend more time reviewing. We'll start reviewing in class tomorrow.

  4. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Full Potential

I'm not a fan of hockey, but I really enjoyed reading this story in the Atlantic yesterday about how Finnish goaltenders are suddenly dominating professional hockey. As I was reading this quote jumped out at me,
We’re not training kids to be their best when they’re 13. I’m looking at what you need to do as a 13-year-old so you can reach your full potential.
I ended up tweeting it later because I thought it did a pretty good job of summing up my philosophy as a teacher of high school students. While I always want my students (you guys) to do their best, I don't necessarily expect them (you) to be at their best. Yet.

I'm trying to help you develop into your full potential. I'm trying to help you learn, and grow, and be curious, and develop the habits of mind that will allow you to be successful in whatever area you choose. That's why I get so frustrated sometimes when it appears as though you are just sitting back passively and waiting for me to "deliver" the answer to you. That's not what learning is all about, and that's not what I want our classroom to be about.

I understand that not all of you are going to love math, but I want you to love learning. I want you to be curious about things. I want you - even if you don't love math - to be curious enough to want to figure out the answer to whatever we're talking about. Whether it's a "real-world" application or a more abstract mathematical topic, my hope is that you will strive to learn, strive to understand. I want you to strive; to be an active participant in your own learning.

So I want you to think. I want you to truly think when you get texts from me (or emails for those of you who didn't give me a cell phone number - although you can still add your cell number if you want) giving you problems to think about, or tips about your homework (like you've been getting the last two days about the Quadratic Functions worksheet). That doesn't mean I expect you to figure out everything on your own, but it does mean that I expect you to actually take a few minutes and try to figure it out; to think.

That's why I never give you 30 problems to do for homework. I give you two or three and ask you to spend a fairly limited amount of time actively engaged in thinking about them. And then I want you to care enough to ask questions if you get stumped. When we're in class I want you to truly think about whatever activity we are doing, and actually focus on trying to figure whatever it is out, instead of hoping that I'll just tell you the "answer" and move on.

I know many of you don't believe this, but Algebra class is not about getting the "answer." It's really not. It's really about learning, about striving, and about developing your full potential. I hope you'll consider joining me in doing all of those things.