Thursday, October 30, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

In an Algebra state of Nirvana!

Nothing better than some algebra humor to kick start the week! :) This week we will continue with Factoring Polynomials!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Coming up: Operations with Polynomials!

This week in Algebra we will be focusing on operations with Polynomials & Factoring!
 First student to bring me the answer gets 10 extra points on their Algebra Six Weeks Exam! Ready, Set, Go!

Monday, October 13, 2014

National Principal Appreciation Month

A school is only as successful as its leader wants it to be. Ac2E Middle is so young in its history that a good leader was/is a crucial component that will determine how much it will thrive. Needless to say, our principal, Mrs. Gina Gonzalez, is the ideal principal for our school. Her enthusiasm and vision for our school is contagious to teachers and students alike. My homeroom, Princeton, decided to make Mrs. Gonzalez a few tokens of appreciation.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Making Algebra Fun! :)

While investing many hours digesting teacher blogs looking for ideas for my own classroom and teaching style, I came across the most amazing free software to create math puzzles! I decided to play with it and put it to use yesterday. My students LOVED it! Cant wait to use it again! The topic was Simplifying Algebraic Expressions.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ac2E Middle School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

Ac2E Middle school administration, staff, and Student Council officers will be hosting the ribbon cutting ceremony for our new "home" on Thursday, October 9, 2014. This will be a
 a milestone in our school history!
 Guests in attendance will be given a tour of our facilities by our student leaders. It is the perfect opportunity  for these young ladies and gentlemen to showcase hidden leadership skills, as well as the pride they have for their school!

Pictured below are Mrs. Gina Gonzalez (Principal), our student council officers and 8th grade representatives, and Mrs. Priscilla Garcia (Student Council advisor)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Direct Variation in Math & Life

What comes to mind when you hear the words direct variation? The analytical part of your brain is probably thinking something along the lines of a change that directly affects the end result, and you'd be right.
In math terms, direct variation is when the changes to our dear friend "y" are completely in the hands of our faithful "x". The better name for these "hands" is the constant of variation. So basically 'y' changes as 'x' changes, making 'y' dependent and 'x' independent.

Now let's think in broader, more "lifely" terms. What are some real life examples of direct variation in our daily lives?

How bout the amount of your allowance directly varies with how many A's appear on your report Card?

This week we will be exploring relationships within direct variation, and explore more ways that support the theory that direct variation is what drives people to succeed.

Think about that as we explore this mathematical concept.