Friday, February 20, 2009

Interactive Whiteboard

This week was an exciting week in math. The IMC installed an interactive whiteboard called a Mimio board. Our math classes were the first classes to use this board during class. It does a great job of helping students visualize the three dimensional shapes and their surface area and volume. I am looking forward to using this board with all of my classes soon!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Class Update 2/13/09

This week in Algebra we continuted to factor polynomials. We will finish Chapter 9 early next week and will take a test on it on Wednesday.

In math we finished Pythagorean Theorem and have started learning about three dimensional solids. Next week we will be finding the surface area and volume of those shapes.

Monday, February 9, 2009

It is like a sport!

How is math like a sport? If you don't practice well, you won't play well. Many students are often surprised, or at least act it, when they don't do well on a test or quiz. They will say something like "I understood what you did in class." Unfortunately, many of them have not spent enough time practicing "doing" problems on their own and therefore, do not do well as they could on their tests.

There are several place to find these problems to do for practice.
1. The odd problems in any section. (Answers are in the back.)
2. Online quizzes and tests for each section.
3. Any quiz that has been returned. Especially missed problems. It doesn't hurt to do the same problem more than once.
4. Any worksheet or homework assignment that has already been reviewed in class.

Parents, if your child is struggling in math, please encourage them to practice problems from any of the sources to review for quizzes and tests.