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Restricting domain

Started Feb 5, 2013 0 Replies

I've been trying to work with my Algebra 1 students and get them to have a better understanding of a basic function before we go into the families so I created a matching activity about the domains…Continue

Tags: restrict, domain, function, F.B.5

Updated post on information/links/discussion about implementing the CCSS in Algebra 1

Started Aug 13, 2012 0 Replies

If you are looking to switch your Algebra 1 class over to the Common Core State Standards, here is a compilation of information to help you.Basic information:Video on the creation of the common core…Continue

Tags: assessment, pacing, guide, lesson, 1

Transformation card game

Started Apr 30, 2012 0 Replies

This seems like a really cool game to play for either 8th grade students or geometry students.

Tags: game, transformations

What technology do you use that you couldn't live without?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jamie Smith Apr 26, 2012. 1 Reply

In this blog post, Kate Nowak poses an intriguing question:But when people talk to me…Continue

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Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 12

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SBG after 12 weeks

Posted on December 5, 2010 at 7:57pm 4 Comments

Besides wanting to change the overall culture in my classroom, the main reason I wanted to try standards-based grading was to increase the number of students passing my classes. Well, here we are after the 1st trimester, and I only had very minor improvement in that goal.

I have 18 Algebra 1 students, and 4 of them ended up with a C- or above, which is my cutoff for credit. That is an absolutely horrible percentage, and about par for the course ever since the new standards were put in… Continue

SBG year 1 continued

Posted on October 28, 2010 at 4:55pm 0 Comments

We have 4 weeks until the end of our first trimester. I am still having new experiences with standards-based grading and tweaking as I go.

1. Some of my classes need a concrete number of problems to do some days. They don't yet have the responsibility necessary to do what is in their best interest. This is not all classes or all days, but sometimes I need to tell them to do 12 problems or come in at lunch.

2. The frustration that my students had last year before, during, and… Continue

Standards-based grading and conferences

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 2:37pm 0 Comments

We had our first round of parent-teacher conferences this past Thursday. Let me tell you that once I was able to explain my new grading system it really simplified my conferences. The individual student reports we are able to print from Powerschool were simplified so parents could understand them. The best part of the system is that I was able to tell parents exactly what the students could do to improve their grades.

No matter how low the grade is at the halfway point, the grade the… Continue

Standards-based grading after 4 weeks

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 5:40pm 5 Comments

First off, I have found Math Illustrations to be very useful for me in creating problems for my skills assessments. It has made it much easier to create trig problems for the students.

After four weeks, my standards-based grading has gone ok. The main success for me is that I am not spending any time correcting homework, which is something I hated to do. The only things I correct right now the assessments. I give assessments every Wednesday and Friday. The assessments can be re-taken… Continue

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