Saturday, February 23, 2013

Algebra II (5) Assessment Reflection

2/23/13

Hello Parents,

I hope vacation is going well for you and you children.

A few quick notes for Algebra II (5).

  1. We had our first quiz since the midterms on Fractional Exponents, Composition and Inverses.  The average was a solid A and it was the best performance by all students in Algebra II 5 to date.  
  2. Students spent time before vacation making videos on Educreations on the entire unit on functions.  Ask your son or daughter to share with you the video(s) they made.  It was a really great to watch them in action. 
  3. MCAS is not for a few months, but I want to let you all know that I will be doing some targeted MCAS practice in class, including at least an entire practice test and a mini unit on Probability and Statistics.  The former has made for quite a successful MCAS track record in the past for students in Level 5, and the latter is a topic that students need the most practice in. 
  4. After vacation we'll be doing a short unit on Rational Functions and we'll have a test on Rational Functions and Functions together.  The students already know this and the videos they made will be a good review for them. 
  5. I had a parent recently tell me that they did not think their student had a textbook in our class.  To be sure, our notes/curriculum follow the school's textbook, but I have made my own version of the notes over the past four years teaching this class.  The impression that we aren't using the textbook is a reasonable one since I have made worksheets and problem sets for most of our work together.  Students have access to an online version of the textbook as well.  Our topics remaining are:
    1. Functions (Ch. 6)
    2. Rational Functions (Ch. 8)
    3. Logs and Exponentials (Ch. 7)
    4. Sequences and Series (Ch. 12)
    5. Conic Sections (Ch. 9)
My Best,

Patrick Morrissey

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