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Digital story of nativity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHNNPM7pJA

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YouTube  TWITTER FOR MATH NERDS
Twitter For Math Nerds! http://youtu.be/51AhdTjirQ #edtech #mathchat via @briankotts
Saturday, December 25, 2010
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
The way he thinks. . .
me: What's 5 + 7?
him: 12
me: What's 7 + 5?
him: 12
me: What's 12  7?
him: 5
me: What's 12  5?
him: 7
Good practice, right?
Then I gave him 9 + 6. There was a pause, so I assumed that he was counting 6 fingers up from 9. But then I heard him saying "19, 18, 17, 16" before he gave an answer of "15".
So I asked him how he'd gotten to that answer. I was amazed (and pretty happy) with his response.
He told me he started at 20. (Because he knew 10 + 10.) Then he counted back 5. Why? I asked. Because he knew that 9 was 1 away from 10 and 6 was 4 away from 10. That made 5.
Isn't that awesome?
Now, keep in mind that I'm a high school teacher, so I don't know how 6year old are supposed to think through these problems. But I doubt that many go about it that way. I don't think many of my high schoolers would think through it like that!
I can't wait to see what he'll do in the coming years!
Now back to wrapping presents. I'm almost done (finally).
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Bah humbug!
It's the last day of school before Christmas (ahem, Winter) break. Typically this day is a crazy one and I feel like I'm babysitting. This year, though, things have worked out pretty well so that the kids actually have stuff to do. It's so hard to deal with a short (2day) week when you're not going to be back for almost 2 weeks.
Anyway, right now my precalculus kids are taking a quiz. It was supposed to be on Friday, but we had a snow day on Thursday so I pushed the quiz to yesterday. However, yesterday we didn't have this class because of a holiday assembly, so on Friday I told them if they weren't going to be here today they needed to see me to take the quiz early. (Get that? Quiz was moved from Friday to Monday to Tuesday in this class.)
Two senior boys were out on Friday. Guess who I saw standing at my desk just as the bell rang to start class! Those two boys! And guess what they were saying! "Do we have to take this quiz?"
I'm tired, I'm grumpy, I'm sick of dealing with kids who won't do what they're supposed to be doing.
You were at school yesterday even though I didn't see you. If you had questions you could've stopped by. Yes, you're taking the quiz. Sit down. Start working.
(I was a bit grumpy yesterday, too, so I gave my Algebra 1 kids some nonplanned homework when they couldn't control themselves after finishing a quiz. I'm guessing the completion percentage of the assignment  5 slope problems  will be in the teens.)
Did I mention that it's Grandparents Day? So 5 of the kids in class just left to meet their grandparents.
Bah humbug.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
An adventure!
Me?
He mentioned Dan Meyer in the email, so I checked with Dan on twitter and discovered that this was a legit (and amazing) offer. I called Tom, we discussed a little more of what he was thinking of, and I told him I'd love to be there.
The meeting's been set for the first weekend in February in Sacramento, California. (I've never been to California before!) Tom emailed me the draft agenda so I could see what all was going to happen and also asked me to bring some student work to present.
I'll give you all some of the topics later so you can tell me the right answers, but for now, here's what I threw together to show my student work.
Any thoughts? Good or bad, please.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Diigo Updates (weekly)

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Wolfram Alpha Demonstrations Project « Maximizing Learning
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YouTube  Triangle Congruents (Ms. McKenna)
Just discovered a video of me rapping about triangle congruence on Youtube. Low quality and embarrassing! http://bit.ly/aT8ouu

YouTube  Partnerships for Powerful Learning
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Sharing: Multiple Representations of Systems  Continuities
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Reflections of a High School Math Teacher: Using Flip Videos in High School Math Class

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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Snow unit circle
From twitter this morning:
I just got this in an email.
The accompanying email said this:
I wrote in the coordinates and radian values, because once I started walking through them to get a good picture, my snow writing became illegible.
You gotta love these kids! I really need to remember to give them opportunities to be creative.
Happy snow day!
There's nothing better than a snow day!
I told my classes yesterday that if we did indeed get today off they should check their class blogs for any extra opportunities to learn. ("You're going to give us an assignment?" some whined... while some other good listeners caught the word "extra" in there.) I've read a few articles lately about schools requiring some online activities on what would otherwise be a snow day so that it doesn't count as a snow day... wouldn't that be nice? But I can see the issues with the students who don't have internet access (although they're very few now).
Anyway, I posted a couple of assignments around 10 AM (after my kids dragged me out of bed close to 9). Right now it's 1:27; there have been 28 visits to the Algebra 2 blog (out of 49 students) and 30 to the Precalc blog (out of 57 students). Basically, over half of the kids have checked out what I posted. I think that's pretty cool.
I've already had one girl email me her answers for the Algebra 2 assignment. She's a bit of an overachiever.
If you're interested to see what I posted for them, here are links to the Precalc and the Algebra 2 blogs.
Photo from Flickr user musicmuse_ca.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Diigo Updates (weekly)

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DUDEfree.com :: Unit Circle Practice
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Have you seen this?
I was watching thinking, "Great! But what about the test when they have to compute? And what about when they get to AP Calc but they can't do the computation they need to solve the problems that they'll have to do on the AP Test?" Wolfram addressed this near the end of his talk, but even he doesn't have a good solution. He's basically saying that we need a complete overhaul of the whole system. Everything needs to change. I can't imagine that'll happen any time soon!
Thoughts?
Friday, December 10, 2010
Flashback to Elementary School
I remember playing Around the World while reviewing the multiplication tables. I always did really well on the hard ones (like 7 x 8 and 9 x 6) but would blank on the easy ones (like 1 x 5 or 0 x 3). But it was always fun.
Last year when working on the unit circle values in precalc I was trying to think of some fun ways to review. What's better than playing a game? I used Microsoft Ink to make some flash cards with all of the unit circle angles and trig values. The program is great  I was able to flag the cards I wanted to use in the game (like just the first quadrant angles or just the sines or whatever) and it will play them in a random order.
If you don't have a tablet (because I was able to write mine, which was wonderful), there are several different options in making flashcards. Check out FlashcardExchange and Flashcard Machine!
We played Around the World today in 3rd period (which is always a little wild and crazy) and had a lot of fun. We'll see how it goes with 1st period on Monday (if they decide to speak out loud!).
A sidenote  A few of my kids in my 3rd period class told me that they haven't "done stuff" in math class since elementary school. I guess they've just become accustomed to sitting and listening to the teacher and are enjoying actually being active and learning different ways. Kinda sad, don't you think?
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Links Updated!
Nothing's organized, but there's some good stuff there!
Algebra 2 links
Algebra 1 links
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Home again!
Normally that's not a problem. My inlaws live close and are retired and jump at the chance to stay with the kids. Unfortunately this week they're 2 hours away with my sisterinlaw, who just had a baby.
Now what?
I'm trying to get some activities together for staying home a second day in a row from school. Today was easy  everything was prepped and ready (I was actually feeling proud of myself at school yesterday for having stuff planned out for a few days! Assuming I'd be there, of course.). But now? Hmm.
I've been doing some searching  I checked out ILoveMath.org, Sam Shah's virtual filing cabinet, and NCTM's illuminations site. These are a couple of things I tagged to use in the future.
1. Another virtual filing cabinet from the blog Take it to the Limit. I've never seen this one before and added it to my reader!
2. An idea for introducing the unit circle from Riley Lark. We just did this in precalc, but I'm trying to make the unit circle more of a discovery thing for the kids (as opposed to the idea of I show, they learn).
3. Some resources for teaching Algebra 2 kids to graph parabolas on Math Stories. Again, we just finished these (the plan was to quiz on Friday) but they could be nice little reinforcement ideas as long as he fixes the links. (Edited to add: It's fixed! Just click on the image.)
So here's what I'm thinking for tomorrow.
1. In Precalc, the kids did a review sheet today for a quiz that was supposed to be tomorrow (and I said in my sub notes that we'd postpone until Thursday). I'm thinking that I'll write up the answers to the review sheets, ask one of my wonderful colleagues to make copies for me, and then have the kids do a trig cut up in class.
2. In Algebra 2... still undecided. Maybe a review of graphing parabolas and factoring to solve? Basically, probably just a boring worksheet. Boo. I'll keep looking.
3. In Algebra 1, the kids took a test today on solving equations. In our next chapter we'll be graphing equations of lines, talking slope, ordered pairs, etc. I'm going to use one of Dan Meyer's activities for creating a picture from plotting points (they should all know how to plot points, right?) that I found on his Algebra 1 resources (week 10). Then I'll provide some graph paper and they can make their own design.
Right now, I'm watching an episode of Hoarders. I've never seen it before, and I just have one thing to say. Eww. (But you have to love the instant streaming from Netflix!)
Saturday, December 4, 2010
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving!
I bought a Nike+ watch this summer that helps me to keep track of my mileage/time/pace. Once I got it calibrated it's been pretty spoton with the distance, so I was shocked when I checked it after the race and it showed me that I'd run 6.5 miles (instead of the 6.2 that a 10k consists of). Honestly, I was a little disappointed. That throws off all of my runs for the past 4 months or so!
This is what I get from nike:
I was just looking online, though, and found a google website called Gmap Pedometer. I know google has all kinds of sites out there that I don't know about, but this one's pretty cool. You can enter in your route and it gives you your distance. What I think is the coolest is that it will also show you the elevation change in your route. Here's the link for the race route today.
Know what? Google said it was a 6.5 mile run, too. I'm glad to know that my whole running career hasn't been built on a lie! :)
(And then I came home, ate Thanksgiving dinner, and took a nap. Ahhhhhh.)
Monday, November 22, 2010
Survey
Saturday, November 20, 2010
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Saturday, November 13, 2010
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Dipping my toes in the water
It's all over the twitterverse  teachers using SBG in the classroom to assess/grade differently. I thought about it this summer but then decided I wasn't ready for it.
After all of the factoring nonsense that has been going on in precalc, though, I decided to give it a shot. Yesterday in my 3rd period class I gave them a 16question factoring quiz that covered five types of factoring that I felt were important to know: GCF, trinomials with a = 1, trinomials with a not =1, grouping, and differences of squares. The kids pretty much freaked out when I told them they were taking a quiz but were reassured to hear that they had the opportunity to make up the missing points on future quizzes. I graded the quizzes and made a note on which type of factoring they were having trouble with.
I based their grade on how many of the types they did well on the quiz. There were only 2 students (out of 29) that got all of the problems correct; everyone else has 1  2 (or 3 or 4) types of factoring methods to brush up on.
My plan is to give them 4 factoring problems every few days. If a student only needs to redo the GCF part, then that's what they'll get. If they're good with the GCF then they'll no longer have to quiz on that method. At the end of the quarter (hopefully) every student should have a perfect score for this grade. If they don't, I'll just continue this on until they do get it.
We'll see how it goes!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Factoring, Schmactoring.
Really?!?
We got new books for last year and the Honors Algebra 2 book was supposed to be really tough. It's a college text that the HA2 teachers were excited about teaching out of and thought the kids were really learning a lot more, which excited me as a precalc teacher. That could cut out half of my curriculum! What freedom that gives me!
Until I find out that they can't factor.
I refuse to spend class time reteaching factoring, but it's something they have to know. Someone at school reminded me the other day of Livebinders, so I collected some resources and put one together for factoring ax^2 + bx + c. Hopefully that'll help me from having to reteach.
I'm thinking that I'm going to start giving them short factoring quizzes. Once they get 100%, they're done. We'll keep redoing them until everyone has 100%. Now I just need to find some good factoring practice for them.
To be totally off topic, my precalc kids are currently working on a dottodot puzzle from this site. It's a nice change of pace! And the simplifying logs one is really challenging for them.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
How long is too long?
What really struck me from that day was a comment that an Algebra 2 teacher from the other school made. We were talking about the differences between General, College Prep, and Honors and how we could differentiate using the new standards.
What she said was this:
"The only difference between my general and my college prep is that they get to use notes on their tests and quizzes. Oh, and they only have 20 homework problems assigned per night while the college prep gets 40."
I was like, What?! (In my head... I wasn't going to say it out loud. She's an imposing figure.) I think 40 problems per night is outrageous. I figure these kids fit one of two categories:
1. They know what they're doing. 40 problems isn't going to change that and it just becomes a major chore.
2. They don't know what they're doing. 40 problems isn't going to change that and could just reinforce bad habits.
Am I totally off base here?
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
My comeback
In thinking of the excuses that my absent Algebra 2 kids would offer in trying to get out of taking our quiz tomorrow, I decided that if they weren't at school to receive their review worksheet, I'd send it to them.
At the beginning of the school year I had all of the kids fill out a survey for me (using gdocs) that included their email addresses and their parents' email addresses. I downloaded the info into an excel spreadsheet and it's been invaluable in quickly accessing information about the kids.
So yesterday afternoon, after seeing who was absent, I sent each one of those students (and their parents!) the following email:
Hi everyone!
I thought since maybe you all were sick today that you'd like the review assignment to work on before Wednesday's quiz. I'd hate for you not to have the review done before taking the quiz. :) If you're having trouble opening the attachment, I'll put a blank copy on the blog, too  just look under the Documents tab.
(I'm sending this to your parents, too, just in case you don't check your email in the next 24 hours or so.)
I will post all of the answers to the blog, so please check them! (http://foussalg2.blogspot.com)
Mrs. Fouss
I attached the worksheet to it and also put a link to it on the class blog.
Now they have no excuse.
:P
Monday, November 1, 2010
Monday blahs.
1. My kids were in sloooooow motion this morning which made us run late. Not like Iwalkedinschoolafterthebell late, but we missed my goal departure time of 6:33 by 6 minutes. Whatever. (Yes, 6:33 a.m.. That should be against the law.)
2. My son forgot his poptart breakfast at home and I had to give him some of my lunch (banana and granola bar) to eat. They normally eat at the sitter's. Who cares that he ate a healthier breakfast than he'd planned; I'm now missing half of my lunch.
3. I was curious about the 8 empty desks in my room first period (normally there's only one) and asked what was going on. Turns out it's senior skip day. Really? In November? C'mon. The kids have tomorrow off (teachers have inservice) for Election Day, so I guess they decided to take a 4day weekend. Irritating. The kids that need to be here the most in precalc weren't. The test on Thursday should be fun. I'd planned to play Jeopardy with them on Wednesday... now I don't wanna. And I feel like I'm acting like a teenager in pouting. Bleh. Oh, and it's not like the kids are actually "skipping"  they've all been called in by Mom or Dad. Mark my words  I WILL NOT DO THAT WHEN MY KIDS ARE SENIORS. You skip, you pay the consequences. Go to school, darnit!
4. That beautiful sun that I enjoy so much is shining right in my eyes, but I'm too lazy to get up and close the blinds.
5. My radio is officially dead so I've been listening to a great local radio station online (Rewind949.com if you're interested) but today it's not loading. (I had to resort to my Bon Jovi pandora station.)
6. I'm really not looking forward to this evening. My daughter has her first dance class (which she's so so so excited about) but that means I get to sit and wait with my first grader for an hour. Then we go to his karate class for half an hour. Then I get to take them to get their flu shots. Not looking forward to the crying/whining about that!
This may be a 2 Cherry Coke Zero day. I normally limit myself to one.
Is it Tuesday yet?
Saturday, October 30, 2010
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
And the winners are. . .
The project that I'm referring to is my Polynomials Photo Project using Geogebra (I first talked about it here). The basic gist (jist?) of the problem was that the kids were to take an original picture (not from the internet, anyway) and fit a polynomial to it. At the time we were talking degrees, end behavior, zeros, etc. Then they were to upload the picture to geogebra, plot some points on it, and find a polynomial to fit. These are the requirements that I gave the kids. That all worked fine and the kids had a good time with it.
The problems that we ran into were when it came time to turn it in. I wanted both a hard copy (I posted some on the wall in my room just in time for my formerartteachernowassistantprincipal to come to my room this week to observe  score!) and an electronic copy. Geogebra has a wiki on their website where you can set up an account and upload files to it that I thought we'd take advantage of. I didn't want all the kids to have to set one up, so I made an account and a folder then gave the kids the username and password to it so they could upload their projects. The majority of uploads were problemfree, but some kids just couldn't get it to work; I don't know if there's some sort of storage limit or what, but I tried for them, too, and couldn't get some files to upload. It really ended up being a hassle  I told some kids not to worry about it after they'd tried and tried but then forgot I told them and docked them points. Some kids got frustrated and then had to have their hands held through the process. Yuck. I'm thinking that when I do this again (and I'd like to do it in Algebra 2 next semester) I'll just tell the kids to email me a copy of their word document that they're pasting their picture, equation, and caption on. Keeping track of the emails will probably be easier.
Without further ado, here are several of my favorites.
My #1 favorite. This was a door in this kid's house. I wonder if he's ever seen it mathematically before? 
I've never really liked hostas before. Maybe now I will. 
A picture of the Taj Mahal from a family vacation. I wouldn't have thought it was an original picture unless I saw the date stamp in the corner. 
This one I just thought was super cool. 
One of the neatest things about this project was that I really learned a lot about my students. One girl took a picture of a horse at her mom's farm  who would've known? One boy had a picture of himself riding a dirt bike... I saw a lot of travel pictures... several of Niagara Falls.... one of her mom's "frog obsession".
The other neatest thing was that my kids started looking around and seeing math in things they look at every day. I've done my job.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Fear on a Monday.... kinda.
1. Neither of our copiers are working. I vaguely remember on Friday leaving with today's precalc worksheet uncopied thinking that I would just do them this morning. So much for that! I know that going paperless is a great goal, but not when it's thrust upon you at the last moment. I ended up projecting the worksheet and printed 5  6 copies that I spread around the room. I also told the kids that I'd put the worksheet up on the blog so they could get to the problems at home/later.
2. There was a note from one of our assistant principals in my mailbox. "I plan to observe your class on Wednesday, October 27th during period 3." Ack. I know it'll be fine (as long as the kids don't go crazy like they did when Lisa was here!) and for goodness sake, the guy's an art teacher. He really won't have a clue as to what's going on. He observed me once several years ago  I didn't have much of a plan that day; we were just looking at some polar graphs on our calculators. I threw some equations at them, had them graph, and we looked for patterns. I felt so unorganized and random, but he absolutely loved it... I think it was the artistic nature of the math and the "cool pictures".
My plan for Wednesday is to graph rational functions. We'll discuss asymptotes and such tomorrow but not really get into much graphing. I'm thinking I'll pull out the whiteboards for the kids to use in class as we practice  I think he'll (and they'll) like that.
The observation conference is scheduled for Thursday 2nd period. At least I don't have to wait in suspense for long. But until then I'm sure I'll be nervous and anxious! And I'm totally not an anxious type of person.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
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MathNotations: A Recursively Defined Sequence to Challenge Your Algebra Students

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Thursday, October 21, 2010
9 weeks down....
I posted a survey to the my precalc class webpage yesterday  haven't told the kids about it yet, but I already have had 3 kids take it.
PC 1st Quarter Feedback
So far things have been good, but I would've suspected that for 3 kids who checked the blog on their own and decided to fill it out. :) What I thought was very interesting was that 2/3 said that their favorite activity so far was "dividing polynomials" (we did a quick review one day) and the other one mentioned the photo project. All three of them said they didn't like what we did with vectors (the only "new" topic we've done so far this year!)  I wonder what they'll think when we actually get to do some trig?!
My last question on the survey was just to ask if they had anything they "wanted to get off of their chest". One didn't answer, and the other two mentioned how much they like my class and the way I run it. Nice to know! (Especially unprompted!) All three left their results anonymous.
Monday, October 18, 2010
A visitor!
We got details arranged, decided to wear our Twitter tshirts (we also had matching longsleeve shirts on!), and Friday morning she showed up to hang out for a while. We had a chance to chat for a little bit before my precalc showed up (whose behavior was the worst they've ever been, I might say), then she went down with me to my tutoring period in the library (where she was able to help a calc student with some problems I would've struggled with), we ventured into the cafeteria to find lunch, and she stayed for my first Algebra 2 class of the day.
I normally hate hate hate having other adults in my room observing me. I get selfconscious, my face turns pink, and I doubt everything that I say. But it really wasn't like that at all with Lisa here. I felt like I had a kindred spirit here to talk through ideas with. I was also able to ask her about the whole SBG thing (which I toyed with over the summer) and talk about her new adventure with the smart board.
It was a fun day. I was exhausted Friday night. But it was so totally worth it!
(If you can't tell from the picture, I'm having hair issues. It's been super short and I'm in the "should I get it cut again" stage right now. Awkward.)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
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PCMI @ MathForum: Morning Shorts
"John Mahoney presented the project that his precalculus students do at the end of the course. It involves taking digital photos of students hands and printing them (via Sketchpad) on top of a pair of coordinate axes. Students then compute equations of the lines in their own hands. Precalculus students are required to use a variety of different types of functions. This project helps students review the properties of polynomials, exponential, logarithmic functions and their graphs. If this project is used with Algebra 1 students, they would use linear and quadratic functions. An article based on this Project has been accepted by the Mathematics Teacher for their Activities section. "

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