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Talking about Algebra 2 on G+

August 15, 2012

There’s so much I want to write about Algebra II, but it’s late, so I’ll just share this. One of the things I’m really enjoying about my growing network of teacher-friends is that we’re constantly finding new ways to collaborate. Recently, the new thing to do has been to put together semi-spontaneous discussions around a topic in teaching. About a month ago, 6 or 7 physics teachers interested in using the text Matter and Interactions organized a chat with the author of the text, Bruce Sherwood. How amazing is that?

Today, Michael Pershan simply asked if anyone was interested in getting together to talk about Algebra II, and since he was working in a library, we had a text chat on G+. Later we were joined by John Golden, Lisa Henry, and Paul Solomon.

We looked at the very interesting grading framework Dan Goldner has developed for his classes, and talked a lot about themes for this course and that can keep it from feeling like “math grab bag.” The transcript of the discussion in linked below:

Transcript of discussion

One of the most interesting parts of Dan’s framework is the theme he has developed, “Using functions to make predictions.” We spent a lot of time trying to think of other possible themes of the course, to augment and justify skills that don’t fit well with this theme, and one idea we came away with was “extending mathematical ideas.”

I’ll have a lot more to say about all of this stuff once I’ve gotten a bit more sleep.

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 15, 2012 10:02 am

    The transcript is completely awesome. Thanks for setting this up, John.

    For the record, the “predictions” idea was first advanced to me by Max Ray and Michael Pershan in the discussion here.

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