Sunday, March 15, 2015

Getting Back into Tutoring

I am considering getting back into the world of math tutoring. I stopped tutoring back in in 2006 when I began teaching math full time. There really is nothing like working one on one with a student. Generally they want to learn and you are in an environment where that can be accomplished.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Online gradebook

Welcome back I hope you all had a wonderful summer.

This year I will be experimenting with an online gradebook. This way students and families can have individual access each student's progress. It will show past assignments, missing assignments, future assignments, current grade and due dates. There are other applications like flashcards and online review quizzes that I might play with as well.

Each student will be given an account next week in class. Currently, we will be using for this purpose. Later in the semester I might be switching to an Esis online gradebook but currently Esis is not running.

This blog will no longer be the best way to know what is going on in your child's math class. Please go to to see your student's account.

Friday, June 3, 2011

June 3rd

IMP 100
They are doing a unit on function notation. This unit will also serve as a review of previous topics like, domain, range, slope, distribution...
In the previous unit on statistics many students failed to complete the second half of a project. The project was to develop a game that required strategy and used probability. Majority developed the game but only a handful explained how strategy and probability were used.
Recent assignments: "Parabola Graphing" due yesterday, Statistics Review, HW 20 and HW 19

IMP 200
Yesterday we had a very exciting class where we proved the Law of Cosines. The students have been given a 3 page packet with all the assignments for the week. After a day of review there will be a quiz early next week on the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines.

We've finished chapter 6 on circles. Next class will be review day and the following will be a test.

They finished the unit on conic sections and are now working on polar coordinates.

The finished there lab that combined both horizontal and vertical motion last week. This week we did a mini-lab to review linear regression and to address the misconception that so move point of balance to the 1/3 mark would require 1/3 more weight on one side (distance from the fulcrum not considered)

In all math classes there will be a final during finals week.

Monday, May 16, 2011


IMP 200
Since midterms there has been a packet on absolute value and piece0wise defined functions, A review on the same topics and a quiz. Following that unit we've been working on trigonometry. The HW has included the unit circle, 10 board questions, graphing sine and cosine, introduction to Trig, solving cosine, SOHCAHTOA, and trigonometric transformations.

IMP 100
After midterms we did a unit on writing linear equations followed by statistics. There were two sections of practice I copied from a textbook, Review Linear, HW 13, HW 14, POW 6, a Linear Quiz, HW 17, Spins and Draws, and HW 19. Currently the students are working in groups to develop a game that involves both probability and strategy.

There have been two labs since midterms Parametric Paths and Trigonometry Investigation.

We've now finished all of chapter 5 and are half way through chapter 6. Chapter 6 is all about circles.

HW: Solutions to linear systems, Coded Message, Matrix Review, Matrix Packet, and Matrix quiz. Currently we are working on Conic Sections.

Monday, April 18, 2011


The following HW and tests will be factored into a students midterm grade
IMP 100:
HW: 4.5 Slope, 4.7, Graphing linear inequalities 6.1, 2 gambling equations, "What are the Chances," HW 3, HW 6, "Area Probabilities," "Rug Games," bar graph, 3.1.3 Resource page, Sticky Gum POW
Quiz/POW: Graphing inequalities quiz, writing linear equations quiz, POW "sticky Gum or Statistics quiz

IMP 200:
HW: 5.2 Systems of equations, 5.6, Dimensional Box, 9 board questions, HW 2 + Alice, Exponential Packet, Review systems, adding and subtracting radical expressions, review exponential, exponential practice or systems practice, review #2 exponential
Quiz: Systems of equations, Exponential equations
Currently: Absolute value inequalities and piece-wise defined functions

Labs:Temperature of H2O/Spring/Pump, Throwing lab, Pencil Cannon
HW: Linear regression, 4.8, Average rate of change, Trigonometry investigation

Chapter 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8 and chapter 4 test
Currently: Chapter 5.1, 5.2

Interesting interest packet, review exp, p 384, Logarithms packet, inverse p365,
Quiz: Exponential Equations, Logarithms
Currently: Matrices packet

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Feb 28th

IMP 100: Yesterday we had a test on graphing inequalities and writing linear equations. Today we started a new unit on statistics. There was no HW tonight.

IMP 200: We have been reviewing solving systems of equations. There will be test tomorrow on this topic.

Geometry: We are currently in Chapter 4.4 and will beginning triangle similarity proofs

PreCalc: We took a test today on exponential equations, interest situations and exponential rules

Projectiles: We started a lab called "throwing rocks" the concept we are working on is average rate of change and the concept of average velocity.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Feb 22nd

IMP 100
WS 4.3 and 4.5
Worksheet on graphing inequalities

IMP 200
Project on maximizing the volume of a box
WS on systems of equations

Chapter 4.1 and 4.2

HW on Linear Regression

Turn in 2 of the following three assignments (Interesting Interest, Exponents or p. 390)