Monday, February 23, 2015

Linear Equation Wrap Up

This week we are wrapping up our Linear Equations Unit. The kids are excellent at graphing, which usually is the confusing part. I couldn't be more excited! They are getting the hang of manipulating the different forms of equations to show that they are all equivalent. Tomorrow we will be working on a linear equation sort activity. This will be the final assessment to show whether they truly understand the concept. Stay tuned, pictures to come!

Update: The sorting activity was a hit! It was great seeing the kids feel confident about their pairings. Its these kinds of feelings and confidence that make me find the time to incorporate these hands on projects weekly. You just don't get the same outcome out of a plain jane homework assignment.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mock Testing

Today concludes our District's Benchmark Testing. I'm happy to say that my students are progressing and soaring! Even though there are still objectives that we have not covered, they were able to infer, and make educated conclusions which resulted in 100% results in Math and 97% in Algebra I. I am beyond proud, and I know that the time we have until state testing will be used effectively to polish up and ensure the Advanced Performance rating that I know my students deserve! :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pythagoras is the real MVP!

This week we explored the Pythagorean Theory. We started by experimenting with "Cheez-Its" how and why it work, what each variable stands for and how it all sums up so very nicely. It was a huge success. Hearing the kids say that they had learned the formula in years past but didnt know what it meant or how it worked until now, was a great "trophee" moment! Its moments like those that give teachers the boost to keep working hard and use time wisely to plan for effective hands on activities that will give your students those real-life connections. Needless to say, I was on cloud 9 for the rest of the week. :) Later on in the week, while still discussing the Pythagorean Theorem, we moved on to discussing how it can be used to find the distance between two points on a coordinate plane. At first, no one saw the relation, but as I continued explaining how a right triangle can be formed from two points, and you are basically solving for the hypotenuse of a right triangle using the formula that we had been working with for days, you could see the light bulbs slowly but surely burning bright! Again, another "ahaa" moment. After exploring several examples, and adding new entries in our interactive notebooks to serve as a review later on, we played a fun Distance MathLib. The kids were ecstatic. Controlled Chaos as I like to call it! Kids were moving around, having great discussions amongst each other defending their answers and explaining to others, why their method worked, it was simply amazing, and it brought them out of the monogamy of typical seat work which none of us are a fan of! Here are a few shots of the students working on their MathLib.