Saturday, November 29, 2008
Again, I haven't posted a blog entry in a long time, but I've gotten lots done.
I've finished what I'm doing for now on the SAT prep materials:
All sections have been scanned, so that all hand-drawn pictures and answers to problems are available.
I've been doing lots of work on Geometry materials:
Is there an "SSA" Congruence Theorem? No!!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I'm trying to keep ahead of my classes in updating the algebra review problems:
changing all the background colors to sage green (for consistency);
adding in-section concept question practice (instead of just a worksheet).
Monday, September 1, 2008
Finished my first week at my new job at Lenox Memorial High School!
I LOVE having computers in my classroom, so I can make full use of all my web materials.
I've just created a WORKSHEET for my interactive slide show, to use in my substitute teacher folder.
Monday, August 18, 2008
My duplexer was broken on my new printer; the replacement arrived, and now double-sided copying is working great!
I've spent lots more time in school setting up my classroom.
I've written up a Greek Alphabet web exercise for my calculus class.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I've finally retired my HP Laserjet Series IIE printer, replacing it with an HP OfficejetPro L7680 All-in-One:
it's a printer, fax, photocopier, and scanner.
I've created another GeoGebra tutorial: Tutorial #2: GeoGebra Basics
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Change of schedule; I'm now teaching Algebra II at Lenox High in the Fall, instead of the Basic Algebra/Geometry course.
So, check out the Algebra II online material.
Also, I'm supervising an independent study AP Calculus BC course with two students;
check out the suggested yearly AP Calculus BC Independent Study schedule that
I've prepared for them.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I've created a cool NAME SPINNER
so that I can be sure that every student in class gets (randomly) called on when doing problems.
A totally random student is "thrown in" about 10% of the time, just to keep people on their toes.
This file can be modified for your own classes and students. Enjoy!
Monday, July 21, 2008
I've completed some sample problems for MCAS Objective 10.N.3,
and also incorporated these problems into my web exercise on
Approximating Radicals, as a new concept question exercise.
I also removed the link to the non-MathML version of the Approximating Radicals exercise from the web (so I only had
to update ONE version).
Everyone should have MathPlayer by now!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I was gone to Alaska with my husbandnot Karl and daughter Julia for about 10 days.
Upon return, I needed to study for my MTEL subject test in mathematics for my licensure;
just took it yesterday, and it went well.
So, I've now finished all the exams needed to obtain
my preliminary license to teach in the public school system. Yeh!
Monday, June 30, 2008
I've gotten the approximate yearly syllabi done for each of the "new" courses I'll be teaching at Lenox High
next year: Honors Geometry and
As I teach the Basic Algebra/Geometry course (which is largely an MCAS prep course), I'll be putting in new
(mental math, estimating, evaluating expressions, recognizing patterns, story/word problems,
questions involving pictures and graphs).
Check out all the new problem types in
Note that I'm also changing the background to sage green, for consistency
with the rest of my site, as I update each exercise.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I've finished the map of the grade 9-10 MCAS objectives to my web site.
I will be writing web exercises to practice each objective, by taking
actual MCAS problems in the public domain and "randomizing" them.
These problems will also be incorporated into my online courses, in appropriate places.
Thus, a person following my online course will automatically hit all the dedicated MCAS practice problems.
Here's the first one I've done: MCAS Objective 10.N.2
These problems have also been inserted in the Algebra I curriculum: Additional Practice
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
My daughter has been visiting from Texas, so we've been cooking and baking, gardening, exercising, reading,
and enjoying summer!
I've moved the hearts out of the links on all my Tables of Content, for a cleaner look.
I've started mapping the MCAS objectives to my web site.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I've updated my site to remove many of the Miss Hall's links, since I am now moving to
Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.
(I also tightened up my "sage green" color scheme a bit.)
Miss Hall's has been given a CD of all these files, so they may re-appear from the MHS site.
I have not removed any files from my web server; anyone with an existing link to these files will still have access.
The files may still come up in (say) a "Google" search.
Only the links from my web site have been removed.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I've changed my homepage; instead of the trees, I've now got a graphic (made
into a puzzle) created by Hyun Sun Seo, an extremely talented student at Miss Hall's School. Check it out!
Monday, May 26, 2008
I've got some vocabulary practice up for the Communication and Literacy Skills Reading test.
Check it out!
Friday, March 7, 2008
I'm working on a quiz over essential concepts for ALL of AP Calculus AB; trying to get it done in time for this year's Spring midterm (unlikely).
It's in progress, but you can take a look: AP Calculus AB, in a nutshell!
Monday, March 3, 2008
The second multi-section quiz for Algebra II is finished; check it out!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I've decided that when a student's grade falls to C- or below, they must complete a sheet that shows the time they spend working on mathematics during the week. I created a form for this purpose, the Math Study Time Chart.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I've made all the "FUN STUFF" open in a new window, so people don't lose the main Table of Contents.
Friday, February 22, 2008
The first multi-section quiz for Algebra II is finished.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I was snowed in today. After over an hour (with Karl) trying to get my car un-stuck in the driveway, I realized I was not going to get to work.
Determined to make good use of this gift of time, I created the template for my "text puzzles"I want to get all my index cards online, and be able to easily generate quizzes over this material.
Eventually, I'll have different levels of difficulty:
--a complete word bank
--a word bank with some distractor words thrown in
--a word bank with distractor words and some of the necessary words missing from the bank Check out the "text puzzle" template!
Monday, February 4, 2008
I've finally finished the MULTI-SECTION QUIZ for Geometry.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I've been going through the excellent collection of manipulatives at
the NLVM (National Library of Virtual
Manipulatives) and incorporating them in appropriate places in the
"Fun Stuff" in my online curriculum. These are beautifully-designed and user-friendly!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Happy New Year, everyone!
I haven't had a blog entry in quite a whilethings get very busy at this time of year.
I've been working on the MULTI-SECTION QUIZ for Geometry; I'm not going to upload it until it is completely finished.
I've been adding quite a few new "fun things" into the Algebra I curriculum (online games and mental exercises), so you might want to check them out!