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Finding zeros & max/min of quadratic functions in context

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trish Dunn May 18, 2011. 6 Replies

There are several lessons below.  They have been adopted from the Discovering Algebra text published by Key Curriculum Press.  This is a great book full of rich problems.   Popped Up - this is a…Continue

Tags: zero, parabola, quadratic

A great quadratic formula video - student created

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claudia Heinrich Mar 26, 2011. 3 Replies

Take a look at the attached video.  I had my students create a project using the quadratic formula.  Other submitted work included:A scrapbook page of the formulaA rock which was painted using the…Continue

"The Way You Learned Math is So Old School"

Started this discussion. Last reply by KC Mowrey Mar 7, 2011. 1 Reply

An article provided by NPR...a good, quick read.  …Continue

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State of Michigan's Finances

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 4:30pm 5 Comments

I find myself very interested in politics, even talking about politics with friends and colleagues at times.  I try to keep up with the ever changing envirorenment in both Lansing and Washington.  With all of that being said, I found my jaw hitting the floor after I read Governor Snyders proposed budget (click here for official document).  


I did vote for Rick Snyder.  I also understood that…


NEWS FLASH! Adults pin blame on parents for schools' problems

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 1:50pm 1 Comment

I was reading the December 12 issue of The Macomb Daily and came across an Associated Press-Stanford University Poll on education. Below are some excerpts:

- 68% of adults believe parents deserve heavy blame for what's wrong with the U.S. education system

- 35% of adults believe teachers deserve a great deal or a lot of the blame

- Conservatives were more likely that moderates or liberals to blame parents

- 67% of adults believe the U.S. is… Continue

Tables, tables, & tables

Posted on November 19, 2010 at 12:14pm 2 Comments

I have been teaching for three years now. Prior to this year, tables have had no real importance in my class. The only need for a table was to obtain a set of values to help us graph some function. But this was all before I was "brain washed" by AFA!

Now I see the importance of tables. My classroom has been so table-intensive. We still use tables to help us graph, but now tables are also used to help us identify functions, write function rules, and so much more. For…

School Rankings according to the State - A MUST READ!

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 9:31am 1 Comment

Last week I sat through an inservice at our building that discussed where our building is ranked compared to others in the county and at the state level. And let me tell you what, it was definitely an eye-opener!

Now, how we are ranked is still somewhat of a mystery. All we do know is that they are using math and english standardized test scores from a period of four years. What else I know is that the state of Michigan is the only state that is publically releasing the scores…


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