Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wednesday, July 6th

I know some of you will be gone over the July 4th Holiday weekend and would like to get a head start on What we will be doing on Wednesday, July 6th. We will be solving Inequalities, including Absolute Value Inequalities.

We will be covering the following topics and the video is linked below the topic.

3.1 Inequalities and Their Graphs

Inequalities on Number Line
One-Step Inequalities - Part 1
One-Step Inequalities - Part 2

3.2 Solving Inequalities Using Addition or Subtraction
Solving Inequalities Using Addition & Subtraction

3.3 Solving Inequalities Using Multiplication or Division
Solving Inequalities Using Multiplication or Division

3.4 Solving Multi-Step Inequalities
Multi-Step Inequalities

3.7 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities
Absolute Value Equations - Part 1
Absolute Value Equations - Part 2
Absolute Value Inequalities - Part 3

Thursday. June 30th

Thank you to the students for their hard work today!! We reviewed Chapter 1 of the Algebra 1 book and finished the class by taking the Chapter test at the end of the chapter. Tomorrow, we will review the test and then do a review of Chapter 2. I have been informed that Chapter 1 and 2 will be review for the students. These topics were covered in Middle School math. However, to help the students review, I am posting the following links to videos from the Khan site for everyone to look at.

1. Solve One-step Equations

2. Solving One-Step Equations #2

3. Solving Two Step Equations

4. Solving Two Step Equations

We will also be be working with Literal Equations and Fromulas tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Welcome to Summer School - 2011 Algebra 1 Acceleration

Greetings and Welcome to Algebra Acceleration 2011!

We only have 19 days to cover the entire Algebra 1 course. The goal of this class is to prepare students to take the district algebra competency assessment on Friday, July 29th. To do this we must run the class at a very rapid pace. The expectation is that students have mastered what I call number sense. The student must know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative whole numbers, fractions and decimals without the aid of a calculator. In addition, the student must understand the connections between decimals, fractions, and percents. We will not have any time in class for this kind of review. If the student is struggling with these topics, I would recommend ( as a very good resource to brush up on these topics.

Since we have a limited amount of time, I am going to have to have the students spend time out of class preparing for the next day. Most days, this will consist of the students going to the Khan Academy website ( and watch a video that introduces the topics for the next day. These videos run about 10 minutes per topic, so the total time spent on this should be no more than an hour. These videos are a straight-forward introduction to the material with clear explanations and examples. I will be posting the links to this blog and you can access the videos from there. Having the students watch these videos, taking notes and coming to class with questions, will move the learning process along and ensure that we spend class time working problems and doing deeper, more complex mathematical thinking. The focus is the district competency assessment.