Carol's Blog, 2008 archive

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:   SAT Preparation
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:
Equivalence Relations
Is there an "SSA" Congruence Theorem? No!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008
I haven't posted a blog entry in a long time, but I've gotten lots done.
I've made great progress on the SAT prep materials:   SAT Preparation
In particular, check out the randomized practice that goes with SATStuff #1:   SAT Preparation
Over the next few weeks, as I go through this material in my Algebra II class,
I'll be creating similar web exercises for the remaining SAT prep packets.
I've also finished more Geometry materials:
Applying Logical Equivalences to Algebraic and Geometric Statements
Introduction to the Two-Column Proof
Check out these new GeoGebra worksheets:
Copying a Line Segment and an Angle
Bisecting an Angle

Monday, October 13, 2008
A holiday! Yeh! The first few weeks have been extremely busy.
Today, I'm working on another Geometry web exercise: Logical Equivalences and Practice with Truth Tables
A while ago, I wrote a new GeoGebra worksheet: Quadrilaterals
Also, I've been getting a lot of SAT material online, for my Thursday night SAT prep course: SAT Preparation

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);

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

Saturday, August 9, 2008
I've been doing lots of work in school: sorting, cleaning, organizing.
I'll be putting a series of GeoGebra tutorials and worksheets into my online Geometry curriculum.
Check out the first two!
Tutorial #1: Introduction to GeoGebra
Worksheet #1: TRIANGLES

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!

Saturday, July 26, 2008
I've spent the entire week getting things ready for my courses at LMMHS next year:
daily syllabi, course policies, grade sheets, algebra/geometry review schedules, missed work forms, and so on.
Check them out:
Basic Algebra/Geometry Homepage
Geometry Honors Homepage
AP Calculus AB Homepage

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 Basic Algebra/Geometry.
As I teach the Basic Algebra/Geometry course (which is largely an MCAS prep course), I'll be putting in new concept questions
(mental math, estimating, evaluating expressions, recognizing patterns, story/word problems, questions involving pictures and graphs).
Check out all the new problem types in Addition.
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!

Sunday, May 11, 2008
I took the writing subtest of the Communication and Literacy Skills test yesterday—it went well!
Check out the online resources I've created for people obtaining their educator licenses in Massachusetts:
obtaining a teacher's license in Massachusetts
information about the Communication and Literacy Skills Test
online practice for grammatical definitions and rules

Thursday, April 17, 2008
I've finished the fifth (and LAST!) multi-section quiz for Algebra II. Check it out!

Friday, April 11, 2008
I've finished the fourth multi-section quiz for Algebra II. Check it out!

Friday, March 28, 2008
I've finished the third multi-section quiz for Algebra II. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I had a week with my daughter in Texas for Spring Break; didn't bring my computer!
Now, I'm working on the third multi-section quiz for Algebra II. (It's in progress.)

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

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 while—things 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!