tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post700753485328641402..comments2014-04-16T05:09:42.340-07:00Comments on Coffee and Graph Paper: Algebra 2 is amorphous and has multiple headsH.http://www.blogger.com/profile/00155248585975222332noreply@blogger.comBlogger9125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post-67300580231322553902008-08-07T22:30:00.000-07:002008-08-07T22:30:00.000-07:00Thanks for the files, Kate! And wow - your course ...Thanks for the files, Kate! And wow - your course really is structured very differently from ours. I rather like the thing of starting with multiplying and factoring polynomials - not too demanding conceptually while providing lots of practice and review on combining like terms, signed numbers, and prime factorization at the beginning of the year.<BR/><BR/>It seems even more clear now, though, that the very idea of coming up with some shared list of concepts through online collaboration wasn't realistic. It's educational to see others' lists - but the benefits are hardly in the areas of saving time or effort!H.https://www.blogger.com/profile/00155248585975222332noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post-32209884848816644272008-08-07T15:11:00.000-07:002008-08-07T15:11:00.000-07:00I looked through your site, and I'm having trouble...I looked through your site, and I'm having trouble matching up what you do with what we do. Looking back at what I did in June, I've only written questions for our first unit which is mostly multiplying, dividing, and factoring various polynomials. I couldn't find a category in the ones you have posted so far that seemed to correlate. But, I posted the questions I wrote so far and my concept list for the first quarter as an attachment on the front page. Maybe in later units you will find it useful - I'll keep looking at it periodically.Katehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14229054922453438248noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post-43463876980606554792008-08-05T17:50:00.000-07:002008-08-05T17:50:00.000-07:00Cool! My gmail user name is hrc.math - could you s...Cool! My gmail user name is hrc.math - could you send me your google user name to that address?H.https://www.blogger.com/profile/00155248585975222332noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post-44355642449582540892008-08-05T16:32:00.000-07:002008-08-05T16:32:00.000-07:00I would be happy to post what I have so far...basi...I would be happy to post what I have so far...basically just our first unit (maybe 2, I don't remember). You might have to poke me to get later units, but I'm a big fan of sharing materials far and wide.Katehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14229054922453438248noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post-58927953291097000312008-08-05T15:20:00.000-07:002008-08-05T15:20:00.000-07:00Oops - thanks for the correction, Sarah! I've ...Oops - thanks for the correction, Sarah! I've fixed it now. My school starts next week, so I'm afraid I'm rather more behind than you are. I'm leaving this for a day or two now to do other planning, though - have somehow had enough of this for a bit. <BR/><BR/>As for hijacking the thread - I'm still at the stage where comments of any kind, on topic or off, are exciting:) On the textbook question: we use Holt, Rinehart & Winston. I've mostly followed the same progression as the book, while using a good deal of external materials. I did switch the order in a few cases, for example in order to do a little on quadratic graphs before the functions chapter, since the textbook's going on and on about transformations of quadratics (chapter 2) before the chapter on quadratics (chapter 5) would make little sense otherwise. The chapter on functions (chapter 2) was pretty much inaccessible as it was, while Dan Greene's handouts were very effective. I don't think this textbook is written for my kind of students, and Dan Greene's placement of the functions unit rather later in the course would, for example, be better for students who need to learn graphing by hand from scratch ("how do we get the points?"). Jumping straight into transformations is just too fast.<BR/><BR/>On the other hand, I've gotten suggestions from both a few students and a colleague that it would be better to stick more closely to the book, because it's easier for parents and tutors to follow along then, and besides all the handouts raise issues of their own in terms of organization and paper consumption. I'm trying to provide a specific textbook reference for each target skill this time, and otherwise organizing more of the handouts online.<BR/><BR/>While the HRW textbook for Algebra 2 works okay with some supplementary materials, we're switching to McDougal Littell for Algebra 1. It's MUCH better. For example McD&L covers how to place numbers on the number line and omits closure of sets, while HRW does the reverse. For Algebra 1.<BR/><BR/>If anyone feels like being added as contributors to the site, and uploading their own sample assessments (within the same units or on separate pages) we could end up with quite a number of different ways of going about this. Mutual commenting on assessments would be much easier that way. On the other hand this could suck up far too much time...<BR/><BR/>Another thing is aesthetics of these assessments. Some of mine feel sort of cluttered/cramped, but I don't necessarily see how to fix it. But - that will need to wait too. Away from this!H.https://www.blogger.com/profile/00155248585975222332noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post-3290394644684763222008-08-04T22:01:00.000-07:002008-08-04T22:01:00.000-07:00I feel maybe we should start a new post somewhere ...I feel maybe we should start a new post somewhere instead of hijacking, but, we are using AMSCO Course III for one more year, then changing to Prentice Hall. It's my first year with this course, so I'm not planning on reinventing the wheel for one year, I'm going to rely heavily on colleagues notes, assignments, and other assorted materials.Katehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14229054922453438248noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post-88406156148618288362008-08-04T18:38:00.000-07:002008-08-04T18:38:00.000-07:00Different question for everyone. What textbook are...Different question for everyone. What textbook are you using? (Or are you not using one?) How much do your "topic areas" flow from chapters? How much do you pick and choose?<BR/><BR/>------<BR/><BR/>H, after poking around the site some more, I'm all the more impressed.<BR/><BR/>Still in early browsing stages. Minor suggestion for the Functions and Relations quiz. On the table question, have only one number repeat in the f(x) column. (Or change the direction to change at most one entry.)Sarahhttp://www.mathalogical.blogspot.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post-31212320436273051352008-08-04T16:27:00.000-07:002008-08-04T16:27:00.000-07:00And scaring me. I've made it through Algebra 1 and...And scaring me. I've made it through Algebra 1 and half-way through Geometry. Haven't tackled the Algebra 2 Beast yet this summer.<BR/><BR/>3 weeks left. Motivation indeed. And once I catch up, I'll try to contribute something useful.Sarahhttp://www.mathalogical.blogspot.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8748665016211866969.post-10964751463550746472008-08-04T14:05:00.000-07:002008-08-04T14:05:00.000-07:00You are way ahead of me, I haven't looked at Algeb...You are way ahead of me, I haven't looked at Algebra 2 since June. I became disgusted when I had reached 100 concepts before the end of the first marking period.Katehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14229054922453438248noreply@blogger.com