Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

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).

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).

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.

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

1. Complete the Quadratic Functions worksheet by Monday.

2. Begin preparing for the midterm (it will be on Tuesday, March 18th). Go back over all the assessments from this semester and make a list of topics/types of questions that will be on the midterm. (If you didn't keep all your assessments - which you should have - you can always go back through the portal to find links to all the assessments on the blog.)

3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Openers (common assessment so not posting it).

Lesson (pdf).

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. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).