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"Big Idea Math" Algebra 1 - A balanced approach

Started May 20, 2014 0 Replies

Hey everyone, I'm looking for some feedback about a textbook series "Big Idea Math - Algebra 1" authors Ron Larson and Laurie Boswell.  Our district is contemplating buying it and I must say it looks…Continue

What to focus on: ACT EXPLORE or Smarter Balance

Started this discussion. Last reply by EJResearch Sep 18, 2012. 1 Reply

There is an old farmer saying, "the cows don't get any fatter by weighing them!".  In that spirit, I would rather spend more time teaching students than measuring what they know.I'm trying to figure…Continue

Open Algebra 1... eBook... iBook... CHECK IT OUT!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arthur Weiss Mar 8, 2013. 18 Replies

Hello everyone,DOWNLOAD FREE OPEN ALGEBRA 1 eBOOK Well I am home from the hospital.  It has been a rough…Continue

Hospital Algebra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arthur Weiss May 27, 2012. 2 Replies

Recently,  I was in poor health and was rushed to the hospital for two emergency surgeries! The removal of my spleen and replacement of my heart valve! After (during recovery)  I needed a minor…Continue

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What is a teacher worth?

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 7:20pm 2 Comments

Below is a playful (yet passionate) interpretation of the perception that teachers are nothing more than "glorified babysitters".  The author, David Coffey from Spring Lake, hits a chord with me and some of the frustration I have felt (as of late) regarding the public's perception of teachers.


Enjoy and feel free to comment.


BTW... this article is starting to pop up in newspapers throughout the state.  I found it at at this…


"First look" analysis of the common core and ACT

Posted on January 1, 2011 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Welcome to 2011 everyone.


Attached below is a study published by ACT that reflects on and uses last year's ACT data from states like Michigan to predict how students would have preformed in relation to the Common core standards.


Not surprisingly, the study confirms the ideas and principals of mathematics instruction that we have been discussing at A4A for two years now!


Here is an exerpt from the article:

" More…


Sir Ken Robinson- Changing Paradigms in Education

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 7:06pm 0 Comments

Watch this video first then read on...

I am a big fan of the lecture series TedTalks ( I first heard about Dy/Dan (AKA: Meyer) from the Ted lecture. Intellectual cotton candy... indulge your sweet tooth every once and a while... check them out.

I find this particular video very interesting (which is an animated adaption… Continue

Common core documents

Posted on August 11, 2010 at 10:24am 4 Comments

I've attached three document that look at the common core:

The common core itself: CCSSI_Math Standards.pdf

A document that aligns the common core to HSCE:


A document that aligns the HSCE to… Continue

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At 10:55am on June 27, 2012, Jeff Sarbacker said…

Hey Art.  Thanks so much.  I look forward to using this resource quite a bit in my district (Elko County SD) in Nevada.  We are this next year implementing the Algebra I ccss.  We just finished the scope and sequence for the district and I think we are ready to go.  Take care, friend...Jeff

At 5:53pm on May 4, 2011, Sandra Norton said…

Hi there. I have been sharing information you posted a while back about the common core and HSCE connections with co-workers. Larry Wyn was very surprised when I mentioned your name. I told him that you are on the A4A site, but he has trouble getting on. His email is

He would like to hear from you.

Oh - and thanks for all the common core stuff - anything new would be great!

Thanks Sandy

At 9:34pm on October 17, 2010, Andrea B. Minor said…
Hello Arthur,
Thanks for the journal post on the importance of using graphing calculators. Even though I have questioned their benefits, I still use them regularly with my lessons. They are the next best thing to compete with my students' interest in their cell phones. I read from your page how NC is using cell phones in the teaching of Algebra. How interesting is that? Funny you should respond to my blog because I found your math book by topic the other day and I would like to use your lesson on recursive notation/functions with my students. I think using their family history to teach this concept is a great idea!

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