Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

We began with this opener (pdf).

Then we took the rest of the class period to review graphing systems of inequalities (which conveniently also reviews graphing inequalities) (lesson, pdf).

Your homework for Wednesday is:
  1. Finish the worksheet from class today (if necessary).

  2. Prepare for the Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables Assessment. There are a variety of ways to do that including, but not limited to: review the online pre-assessment; review your notebook and/or the openers and lessons posted on the blog; review the video, work some practice problems in your textbook or that you find online. You can, of course, also get help from me, another math teacher, a teacher in the Study Center, a peer tutor in the Study Center, or a parent, sibling or friend. Do whatever works best for you, but make sure you're prepared. The expectation is that you should all be able to do very well on this assessment.

  3. Complete the Systems of Inequalities Online Pre-Assessment.

  4. For Friday: By now you should have had plenty of time to read this post (and the article it linked to). If for some reason you haven't, please read it now. Then I'd like you to respond to the article, in writing, in Google Docs.
  • Login to Google Apps, go to Google Docs, and create a new document.
  • Title the document 'YourName Response to The Future of Higher Education'.
  • In the document, share your thoughts regarding the article and blog post. Are you planning to go to college? If so, what are your feelings about the fact that you undoubtedly will have a large online component? If not, how do you feel about online training in general, as many jobs that don't require college now require that type of training? What about Algebra - given that this is how I've structured the course, is there anything you can be doing better to maximize your chances for success? Be specific. Is there anything I can be doing better (keeping in mind that the basic hybrid nature is not going to change)? Do you have any other thoughts about the blog post/linked article? You should have at least a couple of paragraphs and your answers should be well thought-out, written in complete sentences, and use correct punctuation and grammar. It's important to communicate well, so I expect you to make your best effort.
  • After you have responded to the above prompt, save the document, then put the document in the folder you share with me (titled 'Algebra-Fisch-YourName'). If you need help with that, ask (ask me, in the media center, another teacher, another student). This is not due until Friday, so you have plenty of time to get help from someone if you have difficulty with any part of this process.

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