Sunday, April 19, 2015

Where did the old algebra I go?

Sf unified presented at nctm Boston. I screenshotted their slide that explains what I believe a sequence where students will succeed more in their 9th grade years and of course more in their 8th grade years with slope and scatter plots (they call it bivariate data or 2 variable data)

Also I heard Phil Daro speak at Mills about common core. In this photo the leader of SVMI, David Foster, shows the differences between old algebra I and common core algebra I. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

We out here trying to function. (CC 8)

I was out on Wednesday for professional development for CALL training, being aware of ELL students and creating authentic "HGO notes" that are usually used for a pre-read. I lead this on my document camera and my 1st period 8th grader Curtis produced this document from CPM's CC3 lesson 8.3.1.

Functions are simple if you understand the vertical line test and how to analyze a table by thinking about the definition of a function.

I only used 2 colors but Curtis used plenty of highlighter as you can see. Great effort and concentration.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Open House 2015

Activities for each class

Welcome parents and students.

Math 8 students completed notes today on identifying functions, and should show lesson 8.3.1 from our textbook CPM Core Connections Course 3. Math 7 students completed showing multiple methods to solve a proportion. Math 7 Accelerated students can show the lesson they completed in Course 3, 7.2.1 about y=mx+b.

There is also an activity for identifying similar shapes and finding the scale factor, corresponding to Chapter 6 in Course 3 for Math 8 or Math 7A students to show. Algebra tiles are also available to model solving an equation or showing the perimeter of any of the algebra tiles.

What can you do for the rest of the year for your child?

Monitor weekly lifelines. Homework is assigned almost daily except weekends. When you look on Parent Vue the date is when it is/was due. Look at test and quiz results.

What can your child do this summer? has many great exercises. I'm not a big fan of the videos, but it's a great way to practice a skill and feedback on it quickly. has the How To Learn Math Course for students and parents for free through Stanford University by Jo Boaler offers a free online summer class that I have not tried myself yet

UPDATE: Thanks for coming out. I was happy to see students complete the similar figures activity aftert I suggested it.