1. Another gem from Ms. Cookie. Love her. I'm so happy that she's back to teaching precalculus this year! Love this idea....

"I'm also going to start the 100% or 0% quizzes soon. I want them to have quick and accurate access in their heads to the sine, cosine, and tangent of all the special angles given in radians (including on the axes). I give them a 10 question (14?) quiz and I take it with them the 1st time. I tell them that I'll give them twice as much time as it takes me, and they have to get 100% or it's a 0%. They can take it as many times as they want throughout the 6 weeks. This forces them to have a super fast grasp of it."

2. A salary/when-are-we-going-to-have-to-use-this pic from Dan Meyer. Love the coordinate plane involved. (And you have to love Dan's comments, too:

**Good news about learning second-year algebra and trigonometry, though.**It seems you're well-positioned for a career teaching second-year algebra and trigonometry. (See also: careers in physics.))

3. I gave my precalc kids something like this the other day in which they found a quadratic equation relating the drop and speed of roller coasters. While whittling down my reader, I saw this post shared by Kate Nowak that I'll definitely (try to remember to) pull up if I give that again next year.

4. It seems as though I didn't learn last year when giving a project the last week of the quarter. On Friday I handed out a "Risky Business" activity (not really a project) in which they kids will use logs to determine the risk factor involved in several different activities (which I have been waaaaay too helpful on. Seriously need to stop that!). I've had several students ask about watching/acting out the Tom Cruise underwear scene from the movie... I've denied that, but I think I'll show the Alf version tomorrow. I wonder if they'll know who Alf is.

5. Got an email from our district tech-type lady about leading (helping? who knows) a Twitter PD session on our next inservice day. I detest speaking in front of people so this is already causing me anxiety, but I agreed. Now I'll just need some help from you all in trying to decide what to say. Luckily there are some other math teachers at school (@mseiler and @dhausberger) talking too so I won't have to go solo. I'm thinking of trying to find Sam Shah's talk he did a while ago about the blogotwittersphere and showing it... :)

[Found it! And he called it the Blogotwitterversphere]

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