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# Category Archives: Math

## Summer Prep: Progress

Next year I have three preps: Honors Accelerated Advanced Algebra (sophomores, two sections), Honors Pre-Calculus (juniors, two sections), and what we’ll call Algebra I (freshmen, one section). Pre-Calc is the only prep that isn’t new. I taught it last year … Continue reading

## End Behavior of Rational Functions

This is the activity I used a couple of months ago to help students investigate the end behavior of rational functions. The second part of the activity (not shown) asks them complete three statements: If the degree of the numerator … Continue reading

## Perspective

There are approximately 1,059,000 high school teachers in the United States, according to a 2007 estimate. There are approximately 90,000 members of NCTM. I have 87 people listed under my math teacher list on Twitter. I have about 50 blogs … Continue reading

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## Measuring Success

The third year was… okay? Could have been better? Good? I think it was decent. I think. By what measure do I judge how successful my year was? Student evaluations? Grades on final exams? My students growth on standardized tests? … Continue reading

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## Sharing: Polynomial Functions

We’re studying polynomial functions in my freshman Advanced Algebra course. I’ve been struggling with determining what it is they really need to know about polynomials. I’m not convinced that long division of polynomials is an essential enduring skill (feel free … Continue reading

## Sharing: Multiple Representations of Systems

One of the realizations that I made at NCTM was that the idea of multiple representations is still new to some people and that I need to start sharing more.1 This is one of my “worksheets”2 from last fall that … Continue reading

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## NCTM 2010 Initial Reflections

I just returned from my first NCTM Conference in San Diego. I was fortunate to be able to attend with my friend and coworker Amy. Gotta say, being able to meet up with old “friends” I’d never met was a … Continue reading