Upcoming Assessments of Learning

  • Grade 9 Feb 16 OB Volume of Prisms and Cylinders

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Friday, February 17th ... The Music of the Spheres ...

FAMILY DAY WEEKEND MOVIE REVIEW...Lego Batman 9/10 ...if you didn't like the last clever joke, the next one will be along in seven seconds (or less) ... gets the rare thumbs up from the offspring (2 of them), the beautiful T and me ... you don't have to be a Batman "fan" to like this movie .... you just have to be comfortable watching it with at least 40 six year olds in the room

DID YOU WORK ON SOME MATHEMATICS THIS WEEKEND? .... If so, of course you did ... if not, what IS your problem? ...among the sites that have some really cool math-based stuff, I would recommend BRILLIANT or the FUTILITY CLOSET

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Friday, in retrospect

MFM1P

1.  Finishing some pyramid work
2.  How good is your short term memory - better than Mr. L's and R's?
3.  The last of the 3D shapes ... how much pop could you pour into a basketball?
4.  Practice problems
5.  Ring.

MCV4U

1.  Drawing out some linear combinations
2.  Cartesian vectors ... away we go!
3.  The challenge of all challenges.
4.  Ring

Good night now.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday, February 16th, 2017 ... Code in my Node ...

SNIFFLE COUNT ... never has one heard so many sniffles in Room 250 as we did during diagnostics on Tuesday and Wednesday...I didn't really have a chance, in retrospect

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Thursday Tales

MFM1P

1.  Wow, our first mark-based assessment
2.  Paint with Pairs when you are done.
3. Volume of a Pyramid
4.  What if everyone put their $$ in a big pile?
5.  Pyramid Practice
6.  Ring

MCV4U

1.  Patterning challenge number three
2.  Finding the mag and direction of a lincomb vector
3.  A basis for two dimensional space
4.  Ring

Good night now.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th ...Blog/Diary Thing Returns after Valentine's Day Sabbatical ...

BACK IN THE '90s ... you would let these die, collect them in a bundle with some fancy ribbon and bark and then hang them on your dusty rose painted wall for decoration... that's right DEAD FLOWER wall-decor ...

THINGS I'M THANKFUL FOR ... candy corn, that old game Metroid Prime for the Gamecube, the beautiful T, my always-interesting-never-boring afternoon classes this semester, the fact that Mr. L has all of our Downton Abbey videos at his house, basketball games with people I used to coach, colleagues who are also great friends, Papa John's Pizza and of course the offspring.

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A Lot Happened on Tue/Wed ... Let Me Tell You About It ...

MFM1P

1.  GEDSB Diagnostic - Numeracy
2.  Letters in a Pile for Cheap Food if you finish ... pretty close, BP!
3.  Here is what I think about you.
4.  Volume of a Cylinder
5.   Popcorn picker
6.  Three quick practice problems
7.  Ring
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1.  GEDSB Diagnostic - Linear Relationships
2.  Let's break that Cheap Food Tie
3.  Volume of things with sharp points
4.  Cone vs. Cylinder volume - math videos in the bathroom
5.  Three examples 
6.  Ring

MCV4U

1.  Let the games begin... Miami has two M's
2.  Scalar multiplication - the distributive property
3.  The triangle inequality theorem ... the oldest rule in math (it has been claimed)
4.  Ring.
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1.  Any addition or subtraction problems?
2.  What is a linear combination?
3.  Patterning game part two.
4.  Construct a l.c. vector ... find its magnitude and direction
5.  Ring.

Good night now.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday, February 13th ....Flower Price Gouging Eve ....

...ZEHR'S, kudos to you on this mid-February day for being the one exception to this annual economic plague....

CALCULATORS... these are really important devices in the world of mathematics ... multiplying by pi is tricky in your head ... please, grade nines, bring a calculator ...

UPSET ... for anyone mildly interested in basketball, the Denver Nuggets lighting up the powerhouse Golden State Warriors 132-110, tying the NBA record for 3-pointers in a game in the process, was quite an unexpected result ... for my youngest offspring, one of six Denver Nuggets fans in Canada's Eastern Time Zone, it was pure bliss ...

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Monday's Math Happenings

MFM1P

1.  After lunch, almost everyone on time ... nice.
2.  Your name and ice cream for the benefit of our newest arrival
3.  Taking up prism volume
4.  Wow, that's a big coffee cup.
5.  Introducing the volume of a cylinder
6.  Ring

MCV4U

1.  I know you have questions, but lets finish off subtraction and intro scalar mult
2.  Lengthy lesson ensues
3.  Subtraction with orthogonal drawings
4.  Brief scalar mult intro
5.  The oldest math rule in existence demo'd by K and E
6.  Ring.

Good night now. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Friday, February 10th, 2017...W1 is in the Books ....

SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FIRST FIVE DAYS ....

1.  There is always a small sense of trepidation teaching a group of students that you haven't taught before.

2.  That feeling usually leaves by day three.

3.  Small classes can be really rewarding if everyone is buying in and making a solid effort ... that seems to be the case in c/v.

4.  I should have mastered SMARTboard tech skills by now ... whatever the opposite of "mastering" is, that seems to more accurately describe where I am

5.  New tech experiment on Friday afternoon with 1P went "OK" ... I'm mildly disappointed that students can't seem to work at their own pace ... we'll try again.

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MCV4U

1.  E killed it on Numaro.....37!!!!!!!!
2.  Adding vectors continued
3.  Really should have got to subtraction today ...
4.  The best laid plans ....
5.  Ring.

MFM1P

1.  Did you beat Mrs. M
2.  Skittle machine rewards
3.  Volume of a prism instruction and practice
4.  Off to the lab to try some KnowledgeHook
5.  Ring.

Good night now.

Friday, February 10, 2017

February 9th, 2017 ... The Youngster is a Number Today ...

THIS IS NOT ... a picture of our classes after five minutes of instruction (we do hear that quite a bit from the anti-math crowd, however)

CHARGER LOGO UPDATE ... Googling "Charger Logo debacle" generates an unsurprising number of hits ...my woeful team has certainly taken things to a new level this year ... oh, in case you forgot, the historically bad Cleveland Browns only won one game this year

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MCV4U

1.  Yesterday's SMART entries lost in the ether ....
2.  Sheesh.
3.  Endpoint vector notation introduced
4.  Students nearly run out of paper after lengthy intro
5.  Zero Vector ...
6.  ...and we're done
7.  Numaro challenge
8.  Introduction to vector arithmetic ... triangle and parallelogram method
9.  Ring

MFM1P

1.  Parking Cars at the board/windows
2.  Solving Proportions ... just the math!
3.  Practice Problems ... answers on really grey sheet please
4.  Can you beat Mrs. M?
5.  Ring

Good night now.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

February 8th, 2017 ... Truncation Day

PD for MATH PEOPLE ... didn't get to put a full day in here at the school due to some PD in Brantford ... thankfully the Brantford-Hagersville-Dunnville corridor is not exactly overrun with traffic around the lunch hour ... back to CalcVec by 1:00

YOU ARE PROBABLY OK DRINKING THAT THIRD CUP OF JAVA ... for the coffee drinkers out there, there is some evidence that you may not have to stop at a single cup

MAYBE IT'S STILL A LITTLE EARLY ... Desmos had the Grade Nine Applied class parking cars yesterday ... students were working on setting up a parking lot with equal-width parking spaces ... some students had more success than others ...

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MCV4U

1.  Right to work - teacher somewhere south of Hagersville
2.  Readings on vector definitions and a few introductory problems
3.  Arrival
4.  Alphabet Game - ABACUS FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5.  Necessary slog through vector definitions continues
6.  Ring

MFM1P

1.  Hi-Lo game ... congrats V!
2.  Flow rate from the video of a bucket
3.  Calculating the volume of the Octagonal Tank
4.  Proportions used to find the time taken to fill the OT
5.  Introduction to DESMOS
6.  Students set up an account and attempt first activity
7.  Finding the width of a parking spot increases in difficulty
8.  Argh.
9.  Ring.

Good night now.