Its truly hard to believe that I’ve been teaching for 32 years. First days still feel like those first days with the crazy school dream the night before and the excitement and apprehension before classes begin. I’m sure this year will be no different. You’d also think that, after 32 years, I’d have this first …

# Category Archive: Algebra 2

Apr 14

## Sum it Up! – Complex Numbers

I have been very lazy about blogging this year – even though I promised myself I would be better. I seem to never feel that what I’m doing or the experience I’m having is really that interesting or different. Lately though, I have run across a couple of activities that I found particularly successful for …

Oct 25

## Domain and Range – $25,000 Pyramid Style

Anyone remember the $25,000 pyramid? That show where one person faces the board of words or phrases and has to describe them well enough for the other person (facing away) to say the word. This lesson is similar to that idea – only with graphs of functions! And yes, it was just as fun!! This …

Sep 10

## Algebra 2 SBG Learning Targets – Virginia Edition!

Ok… I’ve fallen off the “one blog post a week” bandwagon but hope to jump back on this weekend! In the meantime, I’ve had several folks ask for these so I thought would go ahead and post them. These were definitely a collaborative effort between several teachers at my school over several years (including Kate …

Aug 22

## First Three Days

Our pre-week activities ended this Tuesday and kids came back on Wednesday! Yes, finally kids on Wednesday! We run a mixed schedule of blocks and singles so this week we came back to two blocks with a singleton day on Friday. The blocks allow us to run an “advisory” of sorts that we call “Black …

Aug 17

## Once a week blog…

So I recently blogged… mainly because my head was too full of things I couldn’t sort out but also because Annie Fetter (@MFAnnie) pushed me a little. Then, without thinking about it much, I said – OUT LOUD on twitter – that I was going to blog once a week. What was I thinking? So… …

Aug 05

## Keep, Change, Start and Stop – Pondering the beginning of a new year

Seems I only post once a year these days! At any rate… here’s where my mind is going right now. Hoping that writing it down will help my mind focus a bit more! I am quite anxious for thoughts, comments and ideas – so please feel free!! You all are my PLC! I’m depending …

Jul 04

## SBG – reflections, thoughts and questions

Full disclosure – this is a long post (even though I rewrote it to try to make it shorter!) Much of it is me thinking out loud with some questions/thoughts at the end. Standards Based Grading as its looked for me so far…. Year 1 – Used in my Algebra 1 class. The learning targets …

Nov 30

## Completing the Square

Completing the Square always seems to be one of the toughest concepts for Algebra 2 kids to do and understand. I always seem to be looking for a new way to tackle it with my kids. A few years ago I started with the vertex form of the equation – teaching the transformations and showing …