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ADVANCE CLASSES - CHAPTER 10:

Chapter 10 is our most challenging chapter of the book.  Below I'm going to list what the challenges are for the students, how they can be more successful, and changes I've made to the curriculum to help them gain more experience with 3-dimensional figures.   

Challenges:

1.  Students must do many steps with multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction with absolutely no mistakes. Sometimes this work will take a half of a page to complete per problem.  They may NOT use calculators to do any of this work.  This chapter used to be in the 7th grade book and students could use calculators.  I have been letting students take the classwork home to finish, so that they are not rushed in class.  If you would like to check their work with a calculator at home, you can.  Please don't let them check their own work with a calculator.  They may not use one in class, nor on the FSA, so if they get used to doing homework and classwork with a calculator they will not do well on their quizzes, tests, nor state assessment.

2.  When our state used the FCAT for assessment the reference sheet listed all formulas with a picture of the shape and the shape's name next to it.  Our new reference sheet does NOT have some of the formulas on it, has no pictures, and no names.  Students must memorize the formulas.  The book and I have both presented the formulas in a way for students to remember the process.  They will have to study each lesson of this book to remember what to do.

3.  Geometry problems of 3-dimensional shapes require students to use a different part of their brain than any other types of math.  Students must be able to visualize the shape in it's 3-D form and "see" it as a 2-D drawing.  They have to deconstruct the figure into a net or construct a 3-D figure from it's drawn net. Some students do this very easily.  Some students can do parts of this and some students can't see any of it.  The students that struggle with this part MUST do the strategies that I've taught them in class and on the videos to teach their brain to visualize the figures in these new ways. All of my classwork, quizzes and tests for this chapter will be on paper where students can use the highlighters or pencils to trace out the shapes as they go.  When they are tested in April on the FSA, it will be computerized.  If they practice these strategies now, they will begin to be able to do this visualization in their head.   Remember that in 10th grade all students take a year long class in Geometry where these skills will be used again for an entire year.  Another reason I've let students take home their classwork to finish at home, is because I've been showing the students examples of the 3-D figures in class and re-teaching the strategies for them to use on their classwork for them to be successful.   This uses up some of their work time, but they need to see the orginal shape and see me do the strategies "live" that I use in the videos.

This next week I have created or copied 3 hands on activities that will help to reinforce all of the skills they have learned so far in Chapter 10.  They need more time, experience, and practice with actual shapes and nets to understand the formulas and their applications.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Also, please see my calendar below to check the classwork and homework for the week of February 1.  It will be different than normal because of the hands-on activities. 

 

On my calendar below, you will find assignments listed for the week for ADV (advanced) and REG (regular) classes.  To check that your student has filled in everything they need to accomplish for this week, please click on the correct class to view what was posted in my classroom.

 

QUIZLET INFORMATION:

You can use the Chapter Quizlet link in Moodle at the top of the Chapter page to log into Quizlet.  You must do all 6 activities in Quizlet to receive a 100% as a homework grade.  This is due the day of the Chapter Vocabulary Quiz.  Students no longer need to complete a Vocabulary Chart.  If a student likes the vocabualry chart as a study tool, I have left a copy below for you to print at home. 

 

ALEKS INFORMATION

ALEKS link: www.aleks.com

Students have been enrolled into ALEKS.  Please use the link above to reach the website.  Students will log in using their user name and password they glued into their agenda.  Students are allowed to pick the skills to learn.  I strongly suggest they work on skills that we are learning in class.  Advanced students must complete 30 minutes in ALEKS per week.  It is due every Sunday night at midnight. If a student completes 31-60 minutes of ALEKS in a week, I will enter an extra credit grade into Skyward for that week (EC in ALEKS).  Regular students are to work on learning 8 skills per week and it is due on Sunday at midnight, too.  If a student learns between 9-16 skills in that week, I will enter an extra credit grade into Skyward for that week (EC in ALEKS). At the end of the 2nd 9 weeks all students must have mastered 60% of the ALEKS skills by midnight on January 3rd (40% for REGULAR studnets).  This is the last test grade I will enter into Skyward for the 2nd 9 weeks.  Students can track their test grade in the gradebook in ALEKS. 

 

MOODLE INFORMATION:

MOODLE LINK: moodle.tvcs.org 

Press the link above.  Students log in with their computer unlock user name and password from school.  They should see: "Counts-Math".  Click on it.  Then, they should see: "Chapter 8".  The videos and lesson practices will appear.  They MUST do both every night.  Check my teacher connection webpage calendar for the correct video and lesson practice that is assigned for that date.  

ADVANCED MATH CLASSES

Quiz corrections:  If a student corrects his/her quiz the night of the quiz and turns it in the next day, they can earn full credit on the quiz for the corrections.  I ask that students state the correct answer and write a sentence explaining WHY that is the correct answer.  I've already told them the correct answer in class.  If they just write down the correct answer, it doesn't show me that they learned anything until I read the sentence for WHY they know it is correct.  I want them to continue to learn skills that they are struggling with in math.

Test corrections:  Students will be given an alternate test the day after a chapter test.  They only have to complete the corresponding question on this new test for any incorrect answers for half credit.  For example, if a student misses #1,5,and 10 on a chapter test, the next school day I will ask them to do #1,5, and 10 on this new test paper to earn 1/2 credit of the points they missed.  If they receive a 100% on the chapter test, they will not have homework that next night.  This is another opportunity to learn something they haven't quite mastered.  I won't ask them to re-do questions they have already mastered! 

 

Please visit these websites to learn more about the flipped classroom:

http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7081.pdf 

 

http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/18/my-view-flipped-classrooms-give-every-student-a-chance-to-succeed/

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-frydenberg/the-flipped-classroom-its_b_2300988.html

REGULAR MATH CLASS

Students enrolled in my regular math class will still have access to each of my teaching videos in Moodle.  Homework will require students to use a computer, tablet, or smart phone connected to the internet. 

Quiz corrections:  If a student corrects his/her quiz the night of the quiz and turns it in the next day, they can earn full credit on the quiz for the corrections.  I ask that students state the correct answer and write a sentence explaining WHY that is the correct answer.  I've already told them the correct answer in class.  If they just write down the correct answer, it doesn't show me that they learned anything until I read the sentence for WHY they know it is correct.  I want them to continue to learn skills that they are struggling with in math.

Test corrections:  Students will be given an alternate test the day after a chapter test.  They only have to complete the corresponding question on this new test for any incorrect answers for half credit.  For example, if a student misses #1,5,and 10 on a chapter test, the next school day I will ask them to do #1,5, and 10 on this new test paper to earn 1/2 credit of the points they missed.  If they receive a 100% on the chapter test, they will not have homework that next night.  This is another opportunity to learn something they haven't quite mastered.  I won't ask them to re-do questions they have already mastered! 

Please email me with any questions or concerns that you have!

Go Buffalos!

Dana Adams

 

 

Contact: Dana.Counts@tvcs.org

PDF documents
Adv. classwork for 2.2.16! -
Adv. homework for 2.2.16! -
Advanced Math Syllabus - Signed and turned in by Monday, Aug. 8th.
Ch. 10 Review Video #1 and Review Practice #1 - Goes with hw for weekend of 2/5/16!
Ch. 9 and Ch. 10 reference sheet - Use this to find the formulas for Geometry!
Flipped Class information -
Homework for 2.3.16! Due tomorrow! - Only do the evens on the front and the back!
Homework for 2.4.16! - Do all problems on all 3 sheets!
Math Dictionary - Word Wall List - Use these words to help you with word problems!
Regular Math Syllabus - Signed and turned in by Monday, Aug. 8th.
Vocabulary Chart - Blank chart for students to use.

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