
The Textbook Free Math Classroom
I really like this LiveBinder http://t.co/YQG5RWq that SkipZ shared this morning #livebinders #math

Transformed Educator: How to Have Students EMail Assignments to Folder in Box.net
Blogpost  "Have students email assignments to a Box.net folder" http://bit.ly/jwzXuP Really cool!!!! Makes teachers life simple @wfryer
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Things I've Tagged (weekly)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Some resources I've collected lately...
Stella's Problems http://ohiorc.org/for/math/stella/
Ohio Resource Center > for Mathematics Educators > Problem Corner > Problems http://ohiorc.org/for/math/problem_corner/problems.aspx
Wonderlic Sample Test
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oiAGLcVF4bwruFRnTNAwUMo5nMKNGeNRoyt_FhoKOP4/mobilebasic?pli=1&hl=en_US
Precalc projects:
Ohio Resource Center > for Mathematics Educators > Problem Corner > Problems http://ohiorc.org/for/math/problem_corner/problems.aspx
Wonderlic Sample Test
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oiAGLcVF4bwruFRnTNAwUMo5nMKNGeNRoyt_FhoKOP4/mobilebasic?pli=1&hl=en_US
Precalc projects:
How to use Advanced Algebra II
http://cnx.org/content/m19435/latest/
http://cnx.org/content/m19435/latest/
Writing in Math Classes
https://edisk.fandm.edu/annalisa.crannell/writing_in_math/index.html
https://edisk.fandm.edu/annalisa.crannell/writing_in_math/index.html
Guide to Writing https://edisk.fandm.edu/annalisa.crannell/writing_in_math/guide.html
Two weeks down...
I have to admit that I haven't done a lot of school work so far this summer. Did I say a lot? I mean any.
I have been busy, though! The kids and I have been to Coney Island (our local swimming favorite) several times, a local water park several times, Kings Island several times, the library, strawberrypicking, baseball games and practices, dance rehearsals and recitals, and the zoo. That's work enough! They're spending this week with my parents so I'm hoping for some time to get some thoughts down and some preorganization work done... along with some quiet pool time, some quiet reading time, and some napping time. Hmmm.... maybe I'll call my mom and see if she'll keep the kids an extra week! :)
A couple of things that I want to think about this week:
1. SBG. I thought about it last year and wasn't ready for it. Now I'm thinking I may try it in a class. I have two "singleton" classes this year  CP Algebra 2 and Honors Algebra 1. I think both of those would be prime candidates and now I just need to figure out which class to do it in.
Pros for Algebra 1: The topics are easier (for me), the class is more of a stepping stone and needs to be known backwards and forwards
Pros for Algebra 2: A LOT of fundamental math that the kids will need for future classes... and those ideas aren't always made so clear for them (or the importance of them, anyway)
2. I really want to organize my Precalc stuff. What do I want to cover when? How do I want to cover it? I've bought some time with my summer work... now I just need to take advantage of it!
I was just playing with a website called Flubaroo, which uses google docs to do a selfgrading quiz (and will even email the students their results!). That could definitely be a cool think to use, especially when checking these kids on their summer work. Hmmm....
Oh, and I've officially had my first backtoschool dream (nightmare?). It was depressing... normally they don't happen until at least August!
I have been busy, though! The kids and I have been to Coney Island (our local swimming favorite) several times, a local water park several times, Kings Island several times, the library, strawberrypicking, baseball games and practices, dance rehearsals and recitals, and the zoo. That's work enough! They're spending this week with my parents so I'm hoping for some time to get some thoughts down and some preorganization work done... along with some quiet pool time, some quiet reading time, and some napping time. Hmmm.... maybe I'll call my mom and see if she'll keep the kids an extra week! :)
A couple of things that I want to think about this week:
1. SBG. I thought about it last year and wasn't ready for it. Now I'm thinking I may try it in a class. I have two "singleton" classes this year  CP Algebra 2 and Honors Algebra 1. I think both of those would be prime candidates and now I just need to figure out which class to do it in.
Pros for Algebra 1: The topics are easier (for me), the class is more of a stepping stone and needs to be known backwards and forwards
Pros for Algebra 2: A LOT of fundamental math that the kids will need for future classes... and those ideas aren't always made so clear for them (or the importance of them, anyway)
2. I really want to organize my Precalc stuff. What do I want to cover when? How do I want to cover it? I've bought some time with my summer work... now I just need to take advantage of it!
I was just playing with a website called Flubaroo, which uses google docs to do a selfgrading quiz (and will even email the students their results!). That could definitely be a cool think to use, especially when checking these kids on their summer work. Hmmm....
Oh, and I've officially had my first backtoschool dream (nightmare?). It was depressing... normally they don't happen until at least August!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Things I've Tagged (weekly)

YouTube  Graphing Quadratics made Ridiculously Easy (Mathematics: James Tanton)
tags: alg2 quadratics

tags: halfmarathon

matching card games for alg2 http://bit.ly/lu7Y6r
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
My #summerlist
Of course it would end up being 90+ degrees during the last week of school. Ugh.
All sweatiness aside, here's what I'd like to do this summer:
1. Sleep. More than 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night will be a welcome change. I'm actually thinking that I'll need to set my alarm to get up at a reasonable hour each morning. (8 or 8:30, probably) Otherwise my children will spend their mornings watching Sponge Bob and eating poptarts.
2. Read. Haven't been able to do much of that this school year and I have a pile of books waiting for me!
3. Run. I started running in January 2010 as a way to lose weight. I'm down 16ish pounds and now need to go shopping for some new shorts. (Yay me!) But the most surprising thing (other than that I've stuck with it, which is amazing) is that I enjoy running and am now planning on completing a halfmarathon in the fall. But that means I'll have to start training for it this summer; my everyother day 3 mile runs aren't going to cut it!
You know how "they" always say that teachers "only" work 9 months a year? Yeah, I wish. Here's my school summer work:
4. I totally want to redo my precalc class. I'm the only one teaching the honors precalculus next year, so I feel like that gives me a lot of freedom.... and yet pressure, too. I started by giving summer work for the first time ever  hopefully that will reduce a lot of the review work that we do starting out the year. My goal is to get more projectbased in class, so I'm trying now to compile projects into one document. Here's my starting place. If you have anything to add, please let me know! :)
5. Same thing in Algebra 2. I don't feel like I made it fun this year (except for my sparkling personality, of course!). More projects? More activity? The hardest thing for me will be that I only have one Alg 2 class next year, so I may not want to invest my time in it. Shame on me.
6. I have a new course in the fall  Honors Algebra 1. This year I taught the general level so I have the basic bones of the class, but I should be able to do a LOT more with these kids. Projects? Investigations? Realworldy stuff?
Let's see if I can fit this in with trips to the pool, zoo, King's Island, a cruise (woo hoo!), and baseball games. I think I need a nap.
All sweatiness aside, here's what I'd like to do this summer:
1. Sleep. More than 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night will be a welcome change. I'm actually thinking that I'll need to set my alarm to get up at a reasonable hour each morning. (8 or 8:30, probably) Otherwise my children will spend their mornings watching Sponge Bob and eating poptarts.
2. Read. Haven't been able to do much of that this school year and I have a pile of books waiting for me!
3. Run. I started running in January 2010 as a way to lose weight. I'm down 16ish pounds and now need to go shopping for some new shorts. (Yay me!) But the most surprising thing (other than that I've stuck with it, which is amazing) is that I enjoy running and am now planning on completing a halfmarathon in the fall. But that means I'll have to start training for it this summer; my everyother day 3 mile runs aren't going to cut it!
You know how "they" always say that teachers "only" work 9 months a year? Yeah, I wish. Here's my school summer work:
4. I totally want to redo my precalc class. I'm the only one teaching the honors precalculus next year, so I feel like that gives me a lot of freedom.... and yet pressure, too. I started by giving summer work for the first time ever  hopefully that will reduce a lot of the review work that we do starting out the year. My goal is to get more projectbased in class, so I'm trying now to compile projects into one document. Here's my starting place. If you have anything to add, please let me know! :)
5. Same thing in Algebra 2. I don't feel like I made it fun this year (except for my sparkling personality, of course!). More projects? More activity? The hardest thing for me will be that I only have one Alg 2 class next year, so I may not want to invest my time in it. Shame on me.
6. I have a new course in the fall  Honors Algebra 1. This year I taught the general level so I have the basic bones of the class, but I should be able to do a LOT more with these kids. Projects? Investigations? Realworldy stuff?
Let's see if I can fit this in with trips to the pool, zoo, King's Island, a cruise (woo hoo!), and baseball games. I think I need a nap.
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