Friday, February 22, 2013
Synthetic Division Scavenger Hunt
Synthetic Division Scavenger Hunt
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (2/22/13)

McSquared: New intro to trig functions
tags: PreCal trigonometry

What Teachers Want… from Administrators 
tags: Teachers administrators

Interactive Mathematics  Learn math while you play with it!
tags: Interactive mathematics website

tags: PreCal trigonometry

The Components of Number Sense: An Instructional Model for Teachers

Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education

How to evaluate students’ effort on outofclass work in a flipped class
tags: flipped learning evaluating student effort

Observations First: Practicing Struggle at Home and in Class
tags: practicing struggle

Studies of the Effects of Formative Assessment on Student Achievement: So Much More is Needed

A week without homework. Sort of.
tags: students blogging assessment

Algebra as Calculus’ Farm System
tags: algebra
Friday, February 15, 2013
Function Composition Relay
I printed this out and cut apart the functions.
Function Composition Relay
Each person in a group got a different function. Then I wrote on the board the definitions of composition (f (g(x)) and g(f(x))) and explained that it was like a relay, with the inside handing off to the outside. I started with an example of composition on a number: f(g(2)) and explained that this meant that g would take the 2 and do "its thing" to the 2, then hand off the result to f and then f would do "its thing" and get the final result. I posted several more examples of composition on a number on the board, one at a time, and had them calculate the results in their group. We even did composition of three and even four functions. Then I asked them "What if I want to know a formula for the relay so that I don't have to actually do the relay in order to figure out how it turns out? In other words, what if I want to find the composition on x?" We then did f(g(x)) together. They were able to do any combination of function composition I put on the board, including (with a little help) the f(g(h(j(x)) composition. It went great! I will definitely be teaching composition as a relay from now on.
I will say that my students still struggled to recognize the symbol for composition when it showed up on the test. If I reminded them that it was the "relay" operation, they would go "oh, yeah!", so I'm going to have to give them some more independent practice with the notation next year....
Math = Love (The Outcome)
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (2/15/13)

7 Myths about the flipped classroom, an interactive question series
tags: Flipped Classroom

Mathematics Assessment Project  Classroom Challenges
tags: activities

tags: math activity valentine's

tags: homework

Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions
tags: book

Children's Mathematics  Cognitively Guided Instruction
tags: book cognitive instruction

Top 10 Do's and Don't's When Flipping Your Classroom
tags: Flipped Classroom flipped learning

10 Ways to Help Students Ask Better Questions
tags: questions

Effective Teachers Who Use Technology
tags: technology

tags: SBG checklists
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Multiplicity
Math = Love
Math Valentines
Friday, February 8, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (2/8/13)

tags: quotes

Getting The Most Out Of Edublogging
tags: blog

tags: tech tips ipad app calculator

Collateral Damage: What's Behind the Rise in High School Graduation Rates

Program to overcome early U.S. math deficiencies could improve workforce
tags: math deficiency preschool

Failure is Mandatory: Creating a Culture of Innovation
tags: innovation failure

tags: homework

tags: Rigor

Mathematics Education: Being Outwitted by Stupidity
tags: mathematics education

tags: stupidity adolescence
Thursday, February 7, 2013
End Behavior of Polynomial Functions
End Behavior Of Polynomial Functions Sorting Activity
I'll start with a basic introduction to vocabulary (degree, leading coefficient), then I'm going to give each group a copy of the first page to cut out and sort based on the degree and leading coefficient. We'll then compare the end behavior of the graphs in each group to come up with the "rules" for polynomial end behavior.
To make sure everyone gets it, I'll have them stand up and use their arms to show me the end behavior of some of the equations shown on the second page.
I've also included the exit ticket I'll use to assess them for understanding. The last page is something they can cut out and put in their "Stuff You Must Know" folder (my current version of an INB that will be upgraded to a full on INB next year).
Update: I'm also including my End Behavior Foldable for my INB
KISD Math Vertical Alignment Presentation
Presented at Patterson Elementary on 2/6/13. Presenters  Jennifer Cook and Shaheen Matuni.
Find a copy of the presentation here.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Memes
Friday, February 1, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (2/1/13)

Five Reasons I Love Using QR Codes in My Classroom
tags: QRCodes classroom Technology

A Quick Mnemonic for Fractional Exponents
tags: mnemonic fractional exponents

tags: ExamView