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"Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not. 'Immortality' may be a silly word, but probably a mathematician has the best chance of whatever it may mean." (Godfrey Hardy)
Idea flow
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slubbe
Posted 10/10/2005 10:03 AM (#131)
Subject: Idea flow
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Hey guys I think that maybe we should submit ideas for the area that we want to create a unit in whether it is Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II or any other. I think we should get some idea flow going.
szehnder
Posted 10/27/2005 5:07 PM (#262 - in reply to #131)
Subject: RE: Idea flow


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Should we do something that we all teach? Like Algebra?

I already have a unit from this summer on Algebra that we can start with...i will have to look for it.

saclark
Posted 10/27/2005 6:21 PM (#264 - in reply to #131)
Subject: RE: Idea flow
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Ok, so i was looking over all of our course outlines for Algebra and Geometry. It seems that around April we will be working on Area, surface area, and volume in Advanced Geometry. In Algebra we will be working on solving systems of equations and inequalities, and in part 1 we will be working on percents, ratios, and fractions.

I think it would be a good idea if we either focused on the algebra 1 stuff of solving systems and inequalities. That was almost everyone would be able to use it since it is covered in Algebra I, Part II, and Algebra II. This way everyone will be interested.

Arnold, I know this doesn't really apply to you, but maybe for your ACT review class it could be useful.

I dont' know guys, just tell me what you think.

Stacy
szehnder
Posted 10/28/2005 2:01 PM (#271 - in reply to #264)
Subject: RE: Idea flow


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sounds like a good idea to me!
awilkerson
Posted 10/31/2005 1:40 PM (#277 - in reply to #131)
Subject: RE: Idea flow
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I was looking at your ideas for our unit. Practical Stats, the only class I teach will do some work with linear equations. Is the Alg. 1 curriculm aligned so that linear equations are hit the same time that it is covered in stats? That may be something we want to look at next summer if it isn't already that way.
awilkerson
Posted 10/31/2005 1:41 PM (#278 - in reply to #131)
Subject: RE: Idea flow
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I meant to add soemthing else. I think going with something like equations is a good idea because it could also be used in Practical. That was the thought I forgot.
bekennedy
Posted 10/31/2005 4:03 PM (#280 - in reply to #131)
Subject: RE: Idea flow
I think the systems of equations unit sounds good. I was thinking maybe we could do a problem based unit. We could come up with a real world problem that the unit could be based on. We could present this problem at the beginning and tie the rest of the lesson to this problem. At the conclusion of the unit, students will have all of the necessary tools to solve this real world problem.
szehnder
Posted 11/1/2005 4:47 PM (#283 - in reply to #280)
Subject: RE: Idea flow


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I really like that idea...then we could finally say, "this is how you'll use it in the real world!"
saclark
Posted 11/2/2005 8:22 AM (#286 - in reply to #283)
Subject: RE: Idea flow
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Something else we could do is not only give a real world problem for them to work on, but we could have the students create their own unique probelm to work on and solve using all the different types of systems of equations processes. Students could come up with some sort of money equation about buying so many of one item and so many of another item and paying a total amount and they showing how much one of each item cost by solving the system. I think this would also give the students some ownership in the work and possibly make it more interesting for them.

Angela, I am sure that we could also tie in linear equations with solving systems since they need to understand linear equations to get to graphing systems. Maybe we could do a two part course.

Guys - What do you think?
szehnder
Posted 11/9/2005 8:12 AM (#312 - in reply to #286)
Subject: RE: Idea flow


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I like the idea of having students create their own question...I think we may have to really guide them at first in writing one...but after that it would be easy to have them do many on their own. This is also a suggestion to student in how to study for a math test.

Sounds good to me!
bekennedy
Posted 11/9/2005 10:44 AM (#313 - in reply to #131)
Subject: RE: Idea flow
In order to prepare for this unit, I think we should all design or find one real world open response problem with regards to systems of equation. Once we have an idea of the kinds of real world problems we want to solve, I think we can design our unit around these important types of problems we want kids to be able to answer at the conclusion of this unit.
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