November 2009 Blog Posts (19)



Added by joe dunn on November 30, 2009 at 9:45am — 1 Comment

Linear Function Stations of Algebra

WOW! What an amazing transformation I experienced in my classroom last week. I tried out the Stations of Algebra activity that we learned about in Day 2 on my junior high Algebra class. My students have been working with linear functions and getting used to seeing function notation. Before we even started talking about slope, I thought I'd let them construct some of their own knowledge through the use of these stations. We did this activity in the week before Thanksgiving break - the atmosphere… Continue

Added by Beverly George on November 29, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Wordle Fun is a great site to create FREE "word clouds". At Wordle you enter text into a screen and a java application picks words by how often they are used in the text. The more often a word is used... the bigger the word is in the word cloud. It also screens out words like "it", "and", "I", "to", etc... wordle keeps a list of these words they call "not" words... What is left is a really interesting looking frequency graph of what words are being… Continue

Added by Arthur Weiss on November 28, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

What I'm Thankful For...

So I have decided to borrow an idea from Jeff and discuss what it is that I am thankful for. Prior to the start of the A4A sessions, I was incredibly excited. I knew that these sessions were going to be packed full of information that was going to greatly help me in the classroom. I never knew that they would be this successful!

From the numerous activities and ideas from implementing technology to the awesome discourse with fellow A4A members, this has been a great opportunity. I… Continue

Added by John Pizzo on November 28, 2009 at 3:54pm — No Comments

A time to give thanks

Just a couple years ago the technology in my classroom included a desktop computer and an overhead projector. I’m a veteran teacher who felt that the current push for technology was overrated. In my opinion, student learning was impacted solely by the style and efforts of the classroom teacher. I still believe the teacher has the biggest impact on their students’ learning, but technology has had a huge impact in my classroom. Through district purchases and grant monies, I now have a classroom… Continue

Added by Jeff Willard on November 26, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Thinking Through a Lesson Assignment

I read the assignment and then created a lesson plan following the guidelines. I used this in an Algebra 2 class and the assignment was to solve systems of linear equations analytically. I completed this over two days. I covered Part 1 and Part 2 on the first day with the students grouped in pairs when working sample problems in class. On the second day I covered Part 3. We had both some small group (2-3 students) discussions and then a whole class discussion.

It was certainly a lot… Continue

Added by Bruce Beckman on November 25, 2009 at 11:40am — 1 Comment


Looking for the article for the Dec. 11th class. Can you tell me where to locate on this website.

Added by joe dunn on November 24, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

M4A - Moodle for Algebra

Moodle websites for Algebra

Moodle is an open source – online – platform that is very much like the “BlackBoard” platforms that most colleges use (however many are switching to moodle these days). I’ve used it with my ap classes in the past , but this year I’ve experimented using it with a freshman algebra class and they have taken to the program surprisingly well. You can enter mine as a guest and see what I have up (but please remember it is a work in progress).

Go to… Continue

Added by Arthur Weiss on November 22, 2009 at 6:32pm — 1 Comment

Blog(s) for Algebra 4 All

I teach 8th grade Algebra 1 and was looking forward to the Algebra 4 All sessions before they began. Not having graphing calculators readily available to my 8th graders other than my own, the TI 84 Scavenger Hunt as it was would not be appropriate because most of my 8th graders had never had a graphing calculator in their hands before. I know this is all the more reason to try to attain that goal. I have the TI 84 emulator program on my computer and I often use that so that when the students… Continue

Added by Joel Flint on November 22, 2009 at 5:33pm — No Comments

A Variation of Marching in Place

Through our Connected Math Program, I have 7th graders do a Jumping Jack problem that is very similar to the Marching in Place activitiy that was introduced in the second session. The original Marching in Place activity was designed to show a linear function, while the Jumping Jack problem shows more of an exponential decay function. Just like Marching in Place, students are given one of four "jobs" listed as the jumper, the timer, the counter, and the recorder. The jumper does as many jumping… Continue

Added by Beverly George on November 21, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Your own presence on the web

If you have not put up a website. You might want to consider using Haiku it is easy to work with and it is free.

Mine is available at

Thank you -- thank you-- Chris Host
our resident web-master

Added by KC Mowrey on November 21, 2009 at 3:08pm — 5 Comments

Your own presence on the web

If you have not put up a website. You might want to consider using Haiku it is easy to work with and it is free.

Mine is available at

Thank you -- thank you-- Chris Host
our resident web-master

Added by KC Mowrey on November 21, 2009 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Algebra for All (August, September, October, November)

Our first session in August began with a view into the future with the new TI NSpire. I was reluctant to work with it at first, but eventually tried it out. I look forward to getting our own to use. The shapes of Algebra looks like it will be very beneficial to my students. I can already envision how they will enjoy using the large graph paper in groups. I will have them present their work to the class the day after the activity.

I really liked the TI scavenger Hunt Activity. It looks like… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lynn Howard on November 20, 2009 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Math Interactive Applets for Functions

Here is a site where you can get some great interactives to use offline (once downloaded) to use with your class to study functions and transformations.

Added by Hank McClure on November 20, 2009 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

Stations of Algebra - Exponential

Moving onto exponential functions in my classroom, I wanted to try one of the activities we did in Algebra for All, so I re-wrote the Stations of Algebra for exponential functions. I kept the main part of the activity the same, giving students 4 stations to complete. For the base function I used 2x. Each station either changed the starting point of the function, or the base of the exponent. To hurry along the process, I had each group (2 or 3 students) graph one station. After they were all… Continue

Added by Sean Karsten on November 18, 2009 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

Steps of Algebra

The next activity from A4A that I brought into my classroom was the ‘Steps of Algebra’ activity that we performed. I grouped my students by fours and allowed them to choose their roles. My largest group only had 3 groups in one room, so I didn’t have problems with all groups going at one time. Each group took their data, graphed it on large pieces of butcher paper and put it into their calculators to find a regression equation. One of the interesting happenings was one group who made a mistake… Continue

Added by Sean Karsten on November 11, 2009 at 6:07pm — 1 Comment

From Their Desks to Ours... Common Core Standards

The Council of Chief State School Officers and The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Common Core Standards Memorandum of Agreement

Purpose. This document commits states to a state-led process that will draw on evidence and lead to development and adoption of a common core of state standards (common core) in English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. These standards will be aligned with college and work expectations, include rigorous content… Continue

Added by EJResearch on November 10, 2009 at 6:34am — No Comments

Hands On - cut and paste - yet something else to do

Having used a variety of textbooks and being an avid internet surfer I have been able to accumulate a variety of hands on activities that I bring out for different topics.

I have found that any activitiy that is outside the norm...that gets the kids up and out of their seats ... or working in groups cutting and pasting..... anything that makes the numbers come alive .... makes the math not only palpable but memorable and fun. One site I am fond of is from the uk ... the… Continue

Added by KC Mowrey on November 3, 2009 at 8:20pm — 1 Comment

Shapes of Algebra - Linear

During the first meeting for Algebra for All we took part in the activity called “Shapes of Algebra.” First off I want to say how glad I am that we go through the activities that we are given so we get the chance to see how they work. Also important is the chance to talk about modifications and extensions that we might want to try in our classrooms. Again this is where having a room full of math teachers comes in handy.

I also want to say that I enjoy the presenters saying to us that… Continue

Added by Sean Karsten on November 2, 2009 at 5:59pm — No Comments

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