Thursday, February 23, 2006

Assignments Feb. 21-24

Monday, Feb. 20 No School

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Math: pp. 436-437, #10-24, 25, 34-50 even
Pre-Algebra - 3rd: pp. 357-359, #14-44 even, 49, 52-62 even
Pre-Algebra - 4th: See 3rd Period Friday

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Writing Assessment
1st: Didn't meet
2nd, 3rd, 5th: Learned how to make a tesselation. These are due Monday.
4th: pp. 357-359, #14-42 even

Thursday, Feb. 23
Math: p. 449, #8-13, 18-25
Pre-Algebra: pp. 360-362, #2-42 even (Extra Credit). Test tomorrow. All work due.

Friday, Feb. 24
Math: ARMT Practice Worksheet, Finish Tesselation
Pre-Algebra: Chapter 7 Test, Finish Tesselation

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Experts to students: Watch what you post

I recently read an interesting article in eSchool News online that gives advice to students about their online behavior. I would like to include some excerpts here.
With the rise in social networking sites such as MySpace.com, experts are warning that students need to exercise more discretion in what they post about themselves online. Besides the obvious danger of posting personally identifying information, they say, the potential exists for embarrassing information to come back to bite students later in life when they apply for college or a job.

We talked about this in some classes Friday, but I wanted to share the source to prove to the students I wasn't just making this up!
Seven Lincoln, Neb., high school students were suspended for two weeks when a school staff member found a MySpace.com posting that mentioned the students drinking alcohol.

"This is a new arena for us," said Wendy Henrichs, athletic director for Lincoln East High School, where the seven suspended students were all varsity and junior varsity basketball players. "In the '70s or '80s ... people would say those things. Today, they write them."

She added, "The difference is putting it in print, basically documented proof of what's been said. I don't know if kids understand that."

Even if you delete your page, someone else may have the page (or portions of it) saved on their site. There is a service called Furl that will do this. It is great for research, but it can hurt you if you post something in a moment of carelessness that you later decide to delete.

A recent Harris Interactive poll showed that 23 percent of people search the names of business associates or colleagues on the internet before meeting them--which probably means many employers are doing the same with job applicants, said Andrea Kay, a career consultant and author of "Interview Strategies That Will Get You the Job You Want."

"It's a wake--up call: You better be careful what you say and do, because it is your reputation. You're developing it early on," Kay said. ...

Given the relative ease of investigating someone online and the rate of technology's penetration into the college admissions process, it's conceivable that college admissions officers, too, could soon be Googling prospective students.

College admissions officers who spoke with eSchool News said it wasn't part of their typical practice yet--but if the trend of employers Googling applicants spreads to education, that could change.

I have read recently that Googling your name is the latest trend in self-absorption. However, I think it is wise for us to check from time to time to see what is out there about us (a little like checking your credit rating!).

I spent a little time on MySpace this week, and I was really surprised at some of the things I saw. Anybody can look at this. Students remember when you are posting and commenting that anyone can read it. Think ahead five years. Would you want a college scholarship committee, a prospective employer, or the "love of your life's" parents to see what you have written today?

Some may say that the dangers of blogging are reason enough to keep it out of schools. I disagree. I think that schools can be the place where students can learn to blog responsibly. I heard someone compare this to driving. Just because driving can be a dangerous activity that some students will abuse, schools offer driver education in order to teach them to drive responsibly. Teenagers are going to use the internet whether we encourage the practice in schools or not. We have the opportuntiy to guide them into safe arenas for internet use. I truly believe that a large amount of dangerous behavior on the part of teenagers is a reaction to boredom. Maybe if we offer alternatives to unsafe behavior early enough, they will choose the safe path because it is even more fulfilling than the unsafe path!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Graphing Calculator

I found something really cool online tonight that I wanted to share with everyone. There is a website that will let you download a free graphing calculator! It works very much like the ones we have in class.

I would like to thank the author of the NCS-Tech blog for sharing this resource.

Friday Again!

Sorry...I forgot to post yesterday. I am ready to have the students start doing this. I just haven't had time to make copies of the guidelines for them.

Yesterday the chorus was gone for part of the day. Today it was the band. That took just about everyone out of class for one of these days. In math we had a test. I will do my best to have it graded this weekend and new averages for the students. I assigned pp. 430-431, #8-26 even, 27, 28, 33, 34 on Thursday, and it is due Tuesday.

The classes are not together in pre-algebra. In 3rd Period I assigned pp. 353-354, #14-24 even, 43, 44-56 even. It is due Tuesday. Most of the class is in band, so we just worked on the upcoming math tournament.

4th Period Pre-Algebra had half the class gone yesterday, and the other half today. We did the same thing both days, so no one should be behind. The assignment is pp. 348-349, #14-46 even, 49, 50, 52-70 even.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Math test tomorrow!

Thank you for all the kind words and thoughts regarding my son. He is doing very well, and he seems to have no ill effects from the seizure. I returned to school Tuesday because my mother was able to come stay with us until he is ready to return to day care.

I don't think I ever posted Friday's assignment, and I am behind for this week as well. Here they all are...

Friday, February 10
Math: Practice Skills Workbook, Lesson 7.8
Pre-Algebra: Practice Workbook, page 48

Monday, February 13
Math: pp. 326-328, #1-10, 12-56 even
Pre-Algebra: P. 739, (Lesson 7.1), #1-20, and p. 728 (Lesson 3.2), # 7-29 odd

Tuesday, February 14
Math: p. 342, #8-24 even, 32-33, 37, 39, 40-43
Pre-Algebra: pp. 337-338, #10-40 even, 41-45, 46-50 even

Wednesday, February 15
Math: We played a review game in class to prepare for tomorrow's test. It will cover Chapter 7. For extra credit, students can complete p. 329, #1-25.
Pre-Algebra - 3rd Period: pp. 348-349, #14-46 even, 49, 50, 52-70 even
Pre-Algebra - 4th Period: p. 343, #13-22 I assigned seats in this class today because there has been too much talking. Students who have a legitimate complaint about their seat may put it in writing and I will consider it tomorrow.

Wow! It feels so good to get this done! Have a great evening! Don't forget about the online resources that accompany the textbook. The URL is on the front of the book, and students were told to write the username and password in their planners this fall.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

On a personal note...

I will not be at school on Monday because my youngest child is sick. He has had a runny nose for a while, and a cough and fever developed last night. This morning he had a seizure caused by a high fever. I took him to the emergency room, and after a thorough exam (the poor child was poked, swabbed, or stuck everywhere you could possibly imagine!)it was determined that he probably has a virus or possibly walking pneumonia. I'm not sure how long I will be at home with him. Many of you know that my husband is on active duty with the Army, and I'm not sure I want to leave Joel with anyone else until I am sure that he is better.

Students...be good while I am out. I will be back as soon as possible.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Catching up...

I have been very busy lately, and I haven't had time to post. I will try to get caught up by Monday. Here are the assignments for this week.

Math
Monday - P. 318, #14-38 even, 39, 41-46, 49-53
Tuesday - p. 321, #10-20 even, 21-35
Wednesday - Practice Skills Workbook Lessons 7.5 - 7.7
Thursday - p. 325, #8-20 even, 21-28

Pre-Algebra
Monday - pp. 307-308, #10-24 even, 27, 29-31
Tuesday - pp. 316-318, #6-40 even, 54-62 even (extra credit)
Wednesday - Chapter 6 Test, pp. 322-323, #1-19
Thursday - pp. 332-333, #10-30 even, 35, 40-52 even

I have not graded Wednesday's test, but I will have that as soon as possible. I have graded the math test from Friday, but I have not given it back to the students yet.

Friday, February 03, 2006

TGIF!

Math classes had a test today over the first part of chapter 7. I have a very busy weekend, so I know that I won't have it graded by Monday! I gave back and went over Monday's test with first period. I will go over it with the other classes on Monday. There was an assignment after the test: p. 570, Lesson 3-4. Those who didn't finish in class need to finish it by Monday.

Pre-Algebra classes just went over last night's homework. There were lots of questions that we spent time discussing, and we did not have time to begin something new.

We spent some time in homeroom today giving students their scores on the Practice ARMT tests we have been taking. Ask your child how they are doing!

Math Team will meet at 5:45 AM Saturday to travel to Birmingham for our tournament. See you then!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Pulling it all together...

In math and pre-algebra we pulled together several skills that we have been working on throughout the year. It was a great review for everyone! We multiplied and divided fractions, changed fractions to decimals, changed decimals to percents and vice versa, and solved equations.

In math we prepared for tomorrow's test. It will cover sections 7.1-7.4. We did page 310 in class, and I gave them some Extra Practice problems for extra credit. These are found on pages 580 and 581. To receive an extra stamp, you should do 5 questions of your choice from 7.1 through 7.4. This is due tomorrow with the rest of the work from this chapter. The test will be pretty short, and we will go over Monday's test when everyone is finished.

Pre-algebra classes learned how to solve percent problems using an equation. If you remember that of means to multiplty and is means equals, it is very easy to set up. Tonight's homework is pp. 301-302, #12-40 even, 44, 45, 49-52, 55.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Percents

In both classes we worked with percents today. In math students reviewed how to convert among fractions, decimals, and percents. We also learned how to convert percents to fractions when there were decimals and fractions involved. The math homework is p. 315, #14-38 even, 44-50 even. We will have a test Friday over the first 5 sections of chapter 7.

In pre-algebra we learned how to use proportions to solve percent problems. I gave the students the formula I learned when I was in school (is over of = percent over 100). I need to learn how to insert equations from Math Type in this! The students seemed to make sense of this new material, and they had a little time to begin their homework in class. Tomorrow I will show them how to solve percent problems using an equation. The pre-algebra homework is pp. 291-292, #10-22 even, 28-40 even.