September 2010 Blog Posts (10)

What is the optimum number of problems to assign?

Just how many problems do we need to assign to understand where the learning needs of our classes fall? While looking at the Survivor Algebra site, I found this:

“So... have you noticed that I…


Added by Sandra Norton on September 26, 2010 at 11:05am — 4 Comments

Outsourcing and More...

I find myself reading the paper quite often. Today was no different as I skimmed the C & G Journal. I came across an article discussing Chippewa Valley Community Schools interest in following Utica Community Schools direction and eliminate all crossing guard positions. However, this then places the burden of approximately $50,000 onto the local government. I imagine the CVS will eventually follow suit. This begs the question: what is there left to eliminate and or… Continue

Added by John Pizzo on September 21, 2010 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

First Two Weeks Shapes of Algebra

Since theory and reality are not always the same I thought I would comment on how the Shapes of Algebra is going in my classes the first two weeks. I have had to make adjustments to the calendar that I set up in the summer sessions because I am finding that it takes a lot of time.

\uap>In my Algebra 1 class I took the Shapes of Algebra activity and broke it down into smaller components. My first objective was to have the students learn to use the Y= graphing screen and think about… Continue

Added by Claudia Heinrich on September 20, 2010 at 8:13pm — 2 Comments

Potential Struggles for the Year

Well, all positive talk put aside, I think the honeymoon of the new year is officially over. We just need to throw a full moon on top of things, and the year will have come to its REAL beginning. As I look to the year ahead, I see some potential challenges and struggles along the way.

I've got a student in my class this year that is mostly home bound due to an illness. I've been printing out class notes and assessments (we're mostly reviewing right now), but I fear when it…


Added by Beverly George on September 19, 2010 at 8:56am — 2 Comments

How to prepare kids for the ACT

I have been moved into Algebra II this year in our school. Our test scores over the years have been very deficient in the area where trigonometry questions are located. I had planned to give them the shapes of algebra at the beginning of the year, but have been persuaded to hold off on that to begin the year teaching a trigonometry unit.

Since most of our Algebra II students are juniors, they don't get much exposure to trigonometry. They usually get a small taste of it towards the end… Continue

Added by Jamie Tuch on September 15, 2010 at 10:36pm — 3 Comments

Great news from students...

So, I stopped by the Academic Support class this morning to find wonderful things happening. I modified some of the lessons learned in Algebra for All for my 7th grade class last year. It wasn't so much specific lessons that I used, but just a different way of teaching.

Anyway, our Academic Support is for students that struggle to have an opportunity to have some additional class time to complete assignments. I stopped by to see how my students from last year were doing in…

Added by Beverly George on September 13, 2010 at 10:28pm — 3 Comments

marble drop that replicates a parabola and solves a real murder

One of the locals here was convicted of throwing his wife off pictured rocks in the UP

There were NO witnesses

The body did not drop or fall as an expected parabola would indicate.

The body fell too far away from the cliff to be "a naturally occuring " fall even if she had leapt

The husband was convicted by math.

That and he had recently taken out a $200,000 life insurance policy

and he had karate skills to have kicked her to…


Added by KC Mowrey on September 12, 2010 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Launch of Shapes of Algebra

Last year when I tried the SOA activity at the start of the year, it was an extremely frustrating experience. The students were unable to complete the tasks without me standing over their shoulders asking questions to bring the knowledge from middle school back into action. This is okay if you are dealing with one or two groups, but near impossible when every group in the room is demanding the same help. I was exhausted and disheartened by the end of the first day of the…


Added by Barbara Assenmacher on September 10, 2010 at 5:22pm — 2 Comments

A4A in low performing Algebra I

Well, today I tried our modified "Shapes of Algebra" in my only Algebra I class. I never knew we had so many coming in unprepared. My class of 27 understood as I went through y=x as an example, or so I thought. They are good at copying what I say or write, but when they had to do their own on y = -2x + 2, they couldn't even produce an accurate table of values. Then, the graphing was another issue as they were picking random points or inverting the x and y axis.or making everything into a line.… Continue

Added by Keith Klann on September 8, 2010 at 6:46pm — 7 Comments

Standardized test for placement in Middle School Advanced Math class

I need suggestions for placing Middle School students in Advanced Math classes. We are looking for a standardized test we can administer, then use the results to place the top performers on the fast track to 8th grade Algebra class.

Added by Stacey Coville on September 8, 2010 at 6:31pm — No Comments

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