Math = Love: June 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Student Made Algebra Foldables 2014-2015

On the day after the EOI, I gave my Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 students a project that I've used before: design your own interactive notebook page.  This time around, I made a few changes.  I asked them to think about something that would have been helpful to have in their notes to study for their EOI.  The test was fresh in their minds and so was whatever concepts they had struggled with.

They had to either choose something that wasn't include in our notebook pages or take a notebook page I had created for them and make it better in some substantial way.  This year's twist? Students had to have their rough draft approved by me before they could start on their final draft.  This led to (I think) a lot more thoughtful pages.  I was able to spot some student misconceptions along the way, too.  Plus, I was able to tell a lot of students that they needed more examples or remind them that they needed to include some sort of graphic organizer or foldable.  I sent several students back to the drawing board, and I felt okay with doing this because I knew that this was only a rough draft.

Some students were a little sneaky and didn't let me approve their rough drafts.  In the future, I would give them some sort of planning/signature page where I had to sign off on the project at various stages.  Remember - these are student created pages.  There are mistakes.  There are very vague and misleading directions.

I'm posting these as inspiration for you to use in your classroom.  Take a student idea and make it better.  There are a lot of these, so I'll post them over multiple days to avoid totally overloading you with photos.

Conic Sections Foldable - I'm not going to post the inside because it is barely legible.

Completing the Square Notes

Geometric Sequences and Series

Rationalizing the Denominator Foldable

Conic Sections: Circles

Calculator Steps Foldable

Stem and Leaf Plot Notes

Conic Section Foldable

Completing the Square Notes

Box and Whisker Plot Poster

Divide Polynomials Using the Box Method

Probability Notes

Quadratic Functions

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Algebra 2 Skills List 2015-2016

I've reorganized my Algebra 2 course for next year.  I'm going from having 3 units to 11 units which is kind of a crazy jump.  I've also increased my number of skills/quizzes, but each skill is much more focused than in the past.

For this year's tables of contents in our INBs, students will only have to fill in which page numbers correlate to which skill.  I'm hoping this helps keep my students more organized.  Last year, I had many students who did not do their tables of contents since I was not grading or checking the notebooks.

Sorry that the print is kind of small on some of these.  I still think it should give you some idea of how I'm structuring my course.  Now I need to get busy figuring out how I'm going to frame my Algebra 1 and statistics classes next year.