Welcome to my website! I designed this site to be a simple and useful means for me to communicate with you outside of class. How will this site be useful to you?
I will post the daily homework assignments here on this site by the end of the school day. If you are absent from class, either from illness or some other reason, you are expected to come to this site to find out any homework assignments you may have missed. You will receive extra time to complete them as I discussed in class, but this way you can stay caught up without even coming in!
FINDING ALGEBRA 1 LESSON VIDEOS
The textbook we are using for Algebra 1 has videos that correspond to each lesson, the links to which will be posted here. These videos follow along with the notes sheets in much the same way as we will be working on them in class. If you are absent from class, I expect you to stay up-to-date by printing the notes (or using your workbook) or watching the videos to take your own in your binder. We are also planning to shift towards a “flipped” classroom model after a few weeks. Once we do, the daily homework assignment will be to watch these videos and take the appropriate notes, followed up by working on practice problems or related projects in class.
ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOMEWORK
The comments for every homework post are open and anonymous. If you ever have questions about any aspect of the homework, come here and make a quick post. I will check the site often and answer your question as quick as I can. You don’t need to give your actual name when you post, so don’t feel embarassed about asking! Besides, I’ve never seen the case where only one person had a particular question; if you’re wondering, somebody else is probably wondering too.
If you want to come get some extra help during the day, see the Student Information page at the top!
FINDING OUT WHEN TESTS ARE BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE
That’s right! I will always announce an upcoming test or quiz here on this blog before I announce it in class! Visit the blog every day so you can plan out your studying and preparation.
GETTING REMINDERS ABOUT PROJECTS
In my Statistics class in particular, but occasionally in Algebra 1, we will do a few projects over the course of the year. Any details about these projects that I give in class I will also post here. If you forget when a part of a project is due, visit the site and check the post about it!
PREPARING FOR THE REGENTS OR AP TEST
Algebra 1 and AP Statistics both have a major end-of-year test (Fractals and Chaos does not). Over the course of the year, I will post links, advice, and test taking strategies to help you prepare for these tests.
INCREASING YOUR MATH AWARENESS
Finally, any time I come across something interesting about the field of mathematics, I’ll post it here. It could be a news article, a nifty website, or just something I heard. The world of math is constantly changing and evolving, despite what you may think. New strategies of solving puzzles are found, old puzzles are being solved, and those solutions are leading to new puzzles every day!
I hope you will visit this site often. Please bookmark it, subscribe to my feed on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or, if you have an RSS reader, subscribe to the feed using the tab above. I look forward to working with all of you this coming year. Thanks for coming and I’ll see you in class! Oh, and incidentally, my favorite color is green.