Sean Karsten
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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.http://nrich.maths.org/5457SeanContinue

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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Restricting domain

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 of various functions.  Our goal was to note basic restricted domains.  Depending on how you may approach the subject, this should be easily adaptable to your needs.  EnjoyF.B.5 Relate the domain of a function to its graph and, where…See More
Feb 5, 2013
Sean Karsten replied to Claudia Heinrich's discussion 'Polyomial Puzzlers'
"I like the idea of this.  Thanks for sharing.  We'll see if my students are as excited.  I especially like the idea of them creating their own."
Feb 5, 2013
Sean Karsten replied to Beverly George's discussion 'Barbie Bungee Jumping'
"I have been thinking about trying this lesson and came across this post.  Have other teachers had the same difficulties as expressed here? http://mathhombre.blogspot.sg/2013/01/intellectually-needy.html  "
Feb 2, 2013
Sean Karsten favorited Regina Szymczak's discussion Tick Tock Toothpick: Slope as a Rate of Change
Sep 25, 2012
Sean Karsten replied to Claudia Heinrich's discussion 'Using Algebraic Expressions to Describe Patterns'
"I used this on Friday for Algebra 1.  On Thursday I had attempted an activity to try and get them to see patterns and form an expression. http://map.mathshell.org/materials/tasks.php?taskid=279&subpage=expert  That task was too…"
Sep 23, 2012
Sean Karsten replied to Judy Wheeler's discussion 'Common Core LiveBinder Highlight: Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)'
"This site is fantastic!  I'm finding a number of good activities for middle school and algebra.  As I try these with my students I will hopefully remember to post the ones that worked the best.  My favorite part of the activities…"
Aug 20, 2012
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Updated post on information/links/discussion about implementing the CCSS in Algebra 1

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 math standards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnjbwJdcPjEList of all high school math standards - not broken up into classes - …See More
Aug 13, 2012
Sean Karsten replied to Judy Wheeler's discussion 'What are your favorite websites for Common Core resources?'
"This is a site with pacing guides complete with I Can statements.  It's always good to see what other states are thinking. http://www.hardin.k12.ky.us/isd/pacingguides20112012/"
Jul 20, 2012
Sean Karsten replied to Judy Wheeler's discussion 'What are your favorite websites for Common Core resources?'
"From Bill McCallum's site you can jump to http://illustrativemathematics.org/ which now has a larger selection of tasks aligned to the common…"
Jul 18, 2012
Sean Karsten replied to Lisa Henderson's discussion 'Dan Meyer's Take on Assessment'
"Good question.  Standards-based grading seems like it would work in a lot of ways.  I use the same system with my classes and I really like the idea.  The idea of a performance task is interesting, I think time management would be the…"
Jul 2, 2012
Sean Karsten replied to Claudia Heinrich's discussion 'Summer Plans'
" Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network Assessment Literacy Graduate Course July 16 - 20.  It will be held at the EUPISD in Sault Sainte Marie."
Jun 11, 2012
Sean Karsten replied to Jerome Krakowiak's discussion 'Reading/Viewing List'
""A rapidly moving wildfire is growing almost exponentially in Luce County, nearly doubling in size overnight and forcing evacuations and closing roads across the area." "You cannot get out in front of this fire," he said.…"
May 25, 2012
Sean Karsten replied to Arthur Weiss's discussion 'Hospital Algebra'
"I was saying to myself, "Aren't you lucky it was linear?"  Sounds like an interesting idea, but perhaps not that best process for coming up with math problems.  Hope you feel better and recover well."
May 20, 2012

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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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