Monday, September 30, 2013

Schedule, week of 9/30/2013

Algebra II

Monday: 1st hour - complete assessments
others - return assessments, Keys to Success in Algebra II

Tuesday: computer lab D109, project due at 5pm

Wednesday: Vectors

Thursday: Presentations, schedule TBA, 5 min’s max each.

Friday: Presentation, schedule TBA, 5 min’s max each.

The following assessments will be offered for retakes on the following dates:
Wednesday, 10/2:
HSN-VM.C.6. (+)
HSN-VM.C.7. (+)
HSN-VM.C.8. (+)
Wednesday, 10/7:
HSN-VM.C.6. (+)
HSN-VM.C.7. (+)
HSN-VM.C.8. (+)
HSN-VM.C.9. (+)
HSN-VM.C.10. (+)
HSA-REI.C.8. (+)
HSA-REI.C.9. (+)

Tuesday - Computer Lab D109 - projects and quizzes
Thursday - Computer Lab B112 - projects and quizzes
Friday - Survey Project due, upload to Moodle.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tough day in Algebra II - Assessments

Algebra II

It was a tough day in Algebra II today for many students.  It seems that some got "surprised" by the assessment and found that they weren't prepared for success.  I'd like to offer some suggestions, in no particular order:
  • The standards are posted days prior to the assessment. The standards tell you exactly what you need to know. 
    • If you don't understand what the standards mean, ask questions!
  • Other students tell you "It's hard!"  
    • Don't let them defeat you before you've even looked at the assessment yourself.
  • You are responsible for your learning!!
    • Use your class time wisely.
    • Get help before school, after school, during academic advising.
    • Use the Moodle resources.
    • Questions in the evening or on the weekend?
      • email me!
    • Start your projects immediately! 
      • The saying "The sooner I get behind, the more time I have to catch up" doesn't work!
 If there's any good news, it's that retakes are available for any and all assessments. Take heart, learn from your troubles, and move forward!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Algebra II Assessments on Friday (9/27)!!

  • Assessments on Friday (9/27) over the following standards:
    • HSN-VM.C.9. (+) Understand that, unlike multiplication of numbers, matrix multiplication for square matrices is not a commutative operation, but still satisfies the associative and distributive properties.
    • HSN-VM.C.10. (+) Understand that the zero and identity matrices play a role in matrix addition and multiplication similar to the role of 0 and 1 in the real numbers. The determinant of a square matrix is nonzero if and only if the matrix has a multiplicative inverse.
    • HSA-REI.C.8. (+) Represent a system of linear equations as a single matrix equation in a vector variable.
    • HSA-REI.C.9. (+) Find the inverse of a matrix if it exists and use it to solve systems of linear equations (using technology for matrices of dimension 3 × 3 or greater).

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Algebra II schedule for 9/16-20/2013

Sorry for the lack of blog posts towards the end of last week. Time got away from me. Here's the schedule for the week of 9/16-20:

  • Be prepared Monday
    • redo/correct/finish today’s problems
    • ...for another set of matrix multiplication story problems
  • Be prepared Tuesday
    • ...for a Summative Assessment on Matrix Basics
      • Data in Matrices
        • HSN-VM.C.6. (+) Use matrices to represent and manipulate data, e.g., to represent payoffs or incidence relationships in a network.
      • Multiply matrices by a scalar
        • HSN-VM.C.7. (+) Multiply matrices by scalars to produce new matrices, e.g., as when all of the payoffs in a game are doubled.
      • Adding, Subtracting, Rows, Columns, Elements, Dimensions, etc.
        • HSN-VM.C.8. (+) Add, subtract, and multiply matrices of appropriate dimensions.
  • Be prepared Wednesday
    • begin learning about Matrix Rotations and Reflections.
  • Be prepared Thursday
    • work in the Computer Lab
      • Use your computer time wisely by having your stick figure, storyline and some matrix transformation calculations ready!
  • Be prepared Friday...
    • ...for a Summative Assessment on Matrix Multiplication.
      • HSN-VM.C.8. (+) Add, subtract, and multiply matrices of appropriate dimensions.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Assignments for Friday, 9/6/2013

Algebra II:
We started today making posters to summarize all we know about Solving Systems of Equations.

Then we began studying for our first unit: Matrices and Vectors.

Group Activity - Solving Systems of Equations Review
  • (5 min) Intro to class and assign group activity for reviewing "Solving Systems of Equations"
  • (20 min) Students create a Summary Chart (ie - everything you know!), tape on the wall
  • (10 min) Students review each other's work and update their chart

  • Introduction to Matrices
    • HSN-VM.C.6. (+) Use matrices to represent and manipulate data, e.g., to represent payoffs or incidence relationships in a network.
  • Review: Solving Systems of Equations using Graphing, Substitution, Elimination

  • Intro to Matrices

Additional Practice - Solving Systems of Equations
  • Graphing
    • Textbook 3-1: 1-16 (give solution as an ordered pair), 16-21, 25, 27, 29, 37, 44-45
    • Textbook 3-2: 73-75
    • On-line practice quiz:, aga-0301
    • On-line tutor:, age-0301
  • Substitution
  • Elimination
    • Textbook 3-2: 18-40 evens, 45, 48, 51
    • On-line practice quiz:, aga-0302
    • On-line tutor:, age-0302
  • Which Method Should You Choose if You Have a Choice?
    • Textbook 3-2: 54-59

  • Read pg. 24-34
  • Do pg. 27: 1.25 - 1.27
  • Do pg. 33: 1.29 - 1.33
  • Check and Correct your assignment

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Assignments for Thursday, 9/5/2013

Algebra II:
We began class today with a Poll - "My first day of school was ..."
We used the remainder of the hour to review "Solving Systems of Equations"

Group Activity - Solving Systems of Equations Review
  • (5 min) Intro to class and assign group activity for reviewing "Solving Systems of Equations"
We postponed the "Know and Need-to-Know" charting till tomorrow to allow more time for review.

  • Enroll in Algebra II Moodle Class (enrollment key is “Staublin”).
  • If you are not 100% confident how to solve systems of equations by graphing, substitution and/or elimination, go to Moodle and watch the review video(s) you need prior to coming to class tomorrow. There will be opportunities for questions and more review tomorrow.

We continued our study of "how we get good data."

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Assignments for Wednesday, 9/4/2013

Algebra II:

Class Intro and Syllabus Review

Group Activity
  • Review Class Intro
  • Things that look good to me, that will help me be successful.
  • Concerns I have about Algebra II.
  • Questions about things I don’t understand or need more clarification about this class.

Click through to the Syllabus

Click through to the Introductory Presentation

Click through to the presentation: Where do data come from?

Read pg. 1-7
Do pg. 7: 1.1 - 1.4

Click through to the answers