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I have been Mathematics Teacher at Ithaca High School since 2007. In that time, I have taught Algebra 1, Intermediate Algebra, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Pre Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics, Math AIS, and a one-semester elective course in Fractal Geometry and Chaos Theory.

InCA Assignments for Week of 4/20 – Lesson 6.2 (Angles of Elevation/Depression)

We are starting Week 2 of Distance Learning 2.0. The full schedule for how assignments are posted and when they are due (and how many points they are worth) can be found here. Please take a look at that.

Monday Update

Watch the video for InCA Lesson 6.2 (Right Triangle Trigonometry) – Trigonometry Applications. Note that this video is hosted on edPuzzle, which you’ll need to log in to in order to access. Please log in with your ICSD Google Account.

Find the full notes and Problem Set 1 here (or the version with Ms. Burke’s parts already completed here). The notes and problem set are all one document. Print them out to follow along with Ms. Burke’s video, or write out your work on a separate piece of paper.

As noted in our master schedule, the video + notes and Problem Set 1 are due on Wednesday at 2:00. Both are worth 4 points each (in SchoolTool), and you must watch the entire video for credit.


Tuesday Update

We will have our Virtual Classroom on Zoom from 1:00 to 2:00 today. Details will be posted separately and will be sent to you by email. Attendance to the Virtual Classroom is optional, however please prewatch the video above BEFORE ATTENDING this virtual classroom session.

Planned agenda

  • Welcome/check in
  • Questions about Monday’s introductory lesson
  • Guided/supervised practice problems

Wednesday Update

Monday’s Notes + Video and Problem Set 1 are due at 2:00 today (4 points each). Send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

Sign in with Google

The next part of this week’s assignment, a guided Desmos lesson, can be found here (student code H9YDEK). Be sure to click the Sign in with Google button to connect your answers to your ICSD account. Pay attention to the feedback the activity gives you, and I’ll leave you some feedback as well.

Completing this activity is due on Friday, 4/24 at 2:00 pm, and will be worth 8 points. A -1 point penalty will be imposed for late work. The last question of the assignment is “extra credit.” Complete it correctly for an extra point!

Don’t forget: I will be hosting office hours on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00. You can sign up here.


Thursday Update

Problem Set 2 for this week can be found here (as a Google Form) or here (as a PDF download). Submit your answers to this and to your Desmos activity by Friday, 4/24 at 2:00 pm. You must obtain a minimum score of five out of 12 points to receive credit, but your grade will not be based on how many points you get (just whether or not you made that cutoff). If you submit via the Google Form, the form will tell you which answers were right or wrong, and should give you an option to go back and revise as needed to reach the target score.

Reaching the target score is worth 8 points in SchoolTool. Submitting the work but not reaching the target score is worth 6 points. A -1 point penalty will be imposed for late work.

The last question of the assignment is “extra credit.” Complete it correctly for an extra point!


Friday Update

Wednesday’s Desmos Lesson (8 points) and Friday’s Problem Set 2 (8 points) are due at 2:00 pm today. For the problem set, send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

I will be hosting office hours on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. You can sign up here.


ONGOING ASSIGNMENTS

InCA Assignment Schedule

Simplified Assignment Sheet/Archive

InCA Weekly Schedule

Our class operates on a “Tuesday to Tuesday” schedule. The first day of the “week” for Math is Tuesdays.

  • TUESDAYS
    • DUE AT 2:00 TODAY: Previous week’s Desmos Lesson and Problem Set 2
      • After 2:00, problem set solutions and solution video will be posted
    • Assigned today
      • Introductory Lesson Video + Notes, posted on edPuzzle (4 points)
      • Problem Set 1 (4 points)
      • Both assignments due by Friday at 2:00 pm
    • Student Responsibilities:
      • Watch introductory lesson video(s) and follow along with posted notes (either print or write out by hand)
      • Complete Problem Set 1 and check answers with online key (either print or write out by hand)
        • Take a picture or scan of Problem Set 1 and email to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us
    • Virtual Classroom Session (Zoom): From 1:00 to 2:00pm. Check email or class website for log-in instructions. Attendance optional
  • WEDNESDAYS
    • No New Assignments Today. Watch lesson video and complete Problem Set 1
    • One-on-One Office Hours sessions available in morning and/or afternoon. Sign up here
  • THURSDAYS
    • Assigned today
      • Guided Desmos Activity (6-10 points)
      • Completed online
      • Completion due by following Tuesday at 2:00 pm
    • Student Responsibilities:
      • Sign in with GoogleComplete Desmos activity (connect Desmos to your ICSD Google Account by clicking “Sign in with Google”)
  • FRIDAYS
    • DUE AT 2:00 PM TODAY: Lesson video + notes and Problem Set 1
      • Video completion checked on EdPuzzle
      • Take a picture or scan of Problem Set 1 and email to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us
    • Assigned Today:
      • Problem Set 2 (8 points)
      • Completed online
      • Completion due by following Tuesday at 2:00 pm
    • One-on-One Office Hours sessions available in morning and/or afternoon. Sign up here
  • MONDAYS
    • No New Assignments Today
    • Complete Desmos assignment and Problem Set 2 by Tuesday
  • ALL WEEK
    • Ask questions! I will be available to answer questions by email or phone phone/virtual meeting. All you have to do is email me with questions, or to set up a time to meet.

Summary/Quick Reference

  • Graded Assignments/due dates (all assignments due at 2:00 pm)
    • Video Lesson + Notes – Posted Tuesday, Due Friday (4 points)
    • Problem Set 1 – Posted Tuesday, Due Friday (4 points)
    • Desmos Lesson – Posted Thursday, Due following Tuesday (6-10 points)
    • Problem Set 2 – Posted Friday, Due following Tuesday (8 points)
    • Please contact me with concerns about submitting work on time
      • Late work will result in a -1 penalty, regardless of when it is turned in after the assigned deadline.
      • I want you to turn in your work on time, but I don’t want you to stress about it!
  • Virtual Sessions/Office Hours (when I’m available for help)
    • Virtual Classroom: Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
    • Office Hours Block 1: Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    • Office Hours Block 2: Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Or by appointment
    • Please register for an office hours session by entering your name in my Office Hours Registration Form here..

AP Statistics Assignment for Week of 4/13

Update (4/17): In addition to the Google Form Worksheet and Desmos activity listed below, please complete this updated poll about your preferences regarding Zoom vs Google Meet, as well as your thoughts about how Distance Learning 2.0 is going for this class.


Welcome to Distance Learning 2.0 for AP Statistics! We are going to spend the next two weeks learning about and practicing with statistical inference procedures (confidence intervals and hypothesis tests) for means, which is the last major content area potentially covered on the upcoming modified AP Statistics exam. I will be using Units 6 and 7 in Stats Medic as our primary source of initial information, which I will supplement with some additional videos and virtual classroom sessions (Thursdays at 10:00 am!)

In order to use our virtual class time most efficiently, I will expect that you have completed most of the following work BEFORE our virtual class time on Thursday.

Complete by Thursday at 10:00 am

  • Required: Watch Videos 6.1 and 6.2 in Unit 6: Confidence Intervals on Stats Medic.
  • Required: Read the notes that I have left with each video (click theNotes Icon (Stats Medic)icon) for additional information, answers to anticipated questions, and tips about using the calculator
    • In particular, watch the additional videos linked in the “Why is it called a t-interval” note
  • Optional: Ask a question, answer somebody else’s question, or answer one of my “discussion question” prompts
  • Optional: Read pages 574-586 and 605-613 in your text. These sections cover more of the background about the t-distribution and the assumptions/conditions and procedure of the 1-sample t-interval and 2-sample t-interval
  • Optional: Watch the Confidence Intervals for Means video from CollegeBoard’s live AP Statistics streams.
  • Optional (strongly recommended): Complete 2017 Free Response Question #2 and score it using the video
    • This question is from the actual AP exam in 2017, and is similar to what you could expect to see on our exam this year. I very strongly recommend you write an answer as thoroughly as you would if it appeared on the actual exam, then score yourself using the rubric video. You can expect that your AP exam questions will be scored in a similar way.
    • If you do work on it, spend no more than 15 minutes completing it. Time yourself!
  • Required: Complete the Unit 6 Practice Multiple Choice in Stats Medic

ALL WEEK

  • Ask questions! I will be available to answer questions by email or phone phone/virtual meeting. All you have to do is email me with questions, or to set up a time to meet.

Thursday Zoom Meeting

On Thursday, 4/16 at 10:00 am, I will host a virtual classroom, again using Zoom (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. I will be starting precisely at 10:00, so log in early! Come by and say hello and ask some questions. I look forward to seeing you!

Planned agenda:

  • Welcome/check in
  • Questions about 1-sample t-interval and/or 2-sample t-interval (or about the t-distribution in general)
  • Questions about Unit 6 Practice Multiple Choice Questions
  • Collaborative work on Unit 6 Practice Free Response Question + Scoring

After Thursday Zoom Meeting, due by Monday, April 20 at 2:00 pm


Ongoing additional work

  • PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS: Find past assignments by clicking the AP Statistics Assignment link above. I’m not checking in on these assignments as often any more, so if you do complete them now and you want me to take a look, send me an email and let me know.
  • AP VIDEO STREAMS: I highly recommend you watch the Statistics AP Live! videos run on YouTube every day from 2:00 to 2:45 pm (see this page for the full schedule for all courses). This week’s topics: Analyzing univariate and bivariate data, and designing experiments and surveys.
  • OTHER STATS MEDIC UNITS: I encourage you to review Units 1-4 in Stats Medic as well. I do not currently have plans to assign any content from these units, but there is very useful review to be found there, and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about that content. Just send me an email!
  • ONLINE MATH PRACTICE: All AP Statistics students have been granted access to IXL, an online math practice tool. There are skill practice modules for math content all the way from Kindergarten through Calculus, and there’s even some decent AP Statistics content. You will have to log in via Clever (instructions are here), click the IXL button on the page that loads, and then navigate to the Pre Calculus section. Any of the modules in sections X: Probability, Y: Probability Distributions, or Z: Statistics would be worthwhile practice for you!
  • EXAM UPDATES: Keep an eye on CollegeBoard’s Coronavirus page for AP courses for more information about how our (and all) exam will look. The majority of you stated you plan to take whatever test CollegeBoard puts together, and the rest said you’d wait and see what they come up with for their plan.

InCA Assignments for Week of 4/13 – Lesson 6.1 (Review of Right Triangle Trig)

Update (4/19): The Google Form Worksheet (HW 6.1) was due on Friday. Ms. Alexander has created a video going through the answers to this assignment, which you can find here.


Update (4/17): In addition to the Google Form Worksheet and Desmos activity listed below, please complete this updated poll about your preferences regarding Zoom vs Google Meet, as well as your thoughts about how Distance Learning 2.0 is going for this class.


Update (4/16): For PROBLEM SET 2 this week, complete this Google Form Worksheet. Submit your answers to this and to your Desmos activity by Friday the 17th at 2:00 pm. As with the Desmos activity, completing this activity is required and will be counted towards your MP4 grade. You must obtain a minimum score of six out of 14 points to receive credit, but your grade will not be based on how many points you get (just whether or not you made that cutoff). When you submit, the form will tell you which answers were right or wrong, and should give you an option to go back and revise as needed to reach the target score.


Update (4/15): Please complete this week’s Desmos activity here (http://student.desmos.com, student code XNM86T). Completing this activity is required and will be counted towards your MP4 grade. Be sure you click the “Sign in with Google” button to connect your responses to your ICSD Google Account.

Sign in with GoogleYour completion of this assignment is due Friday, April 17 by 2:00pm, however you will not be marked late for late completion.

You will need a calculator to complete this assignment. Use your own graphing calculator (if you have one), open a new tab and use the Desmos calculator, or click the little calculator icon at the top of the activity to use the built-in calculator.

If you need a little more help in using inverse trig functions to find missing angles, I recommend this video.

If you run into any technical problems accessing or completing this activity, or if you have any questions about it, let me know immediately. If I do not hear from you, I cannot help.


Update (4/14): Today at 1:00 pm I will host a virtual classroom, again using Zoom (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. I will be starting precisely at 1:00, so log in early! Come by and say hello and ask some questions. I look forward to seeing you!

Planned agenda:

  • Welcome/check in
  • Questions about Monday’s introductory lesson
  • Preteaching tomorrow’s Desmos lesson
  • Guided/supervised practice problems

Welcome to Distance Learning 2.0 for Introduction to College Algebra! The other InCA teachers and I have met to discuss what this looks like for our class and have come up with the following schedule:

InCA DISTANCE LEARNING 2.0 SCHEDULE

  • MONDAY
    • Content Posted: Introductory lesson video, notes for video, supplemental practice problems (with answers)
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • Watch lesson video and follow along with posted notes (either print or write out by hand)
      • Complete initial practice problems and check answers with online key
      • Work due by Tuesday at 1:00 pm
  • TUESDAY
    • Virtual Classroom Session (Zoom): From 1:00 to 2:00pm. Check email or class website for log-in instructions
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • Attend virtual classroom session prepared with questions
      • Ask questions, work on collaborative activities as instructed by teacher
  • WEDNESDAY
    • Content Posted: Second weekly lesson via guided Desmos Activity and supplemental lesson video, follow-up problem set
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • Sign in with GoogleComplete Desmos activity (connect Desmos to your ICSD Google Account by clicking “Sign in with Google”)
      • Print/complete follow up problem set (or write answers on separate paper)
      • Work due by Friday at 2:00 pm
        • Submit problem set work by scanning using phone app (I recommend TurboScan) or by taking a picture and emailing it to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us
  • THURSDAY
    • Content Posted: Follow-up problem set (if not posted Wednesday)
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • Complete Desmos activity (connect Desmos to your ICSD Google Account by clicking “Sign in with Google”)
      • Print/complete follow up problem set (or write answers on separate paper)
      • Work due by Friday at 2:00 pm
        • Submit problem set work by scanning using phone app (I recommend TurboScan) or by taking a picture and emailing it to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us
  • FRIDAY
    • Content Posted: Problem set solutions and solution video (at 2:00)
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • By 2:00 – Complete Desmos activity and submit problem set work
      • After 2:00 – Review your answers in posted solutions/video. Check email for feedback
  • ALL WEEK
    • Ask questions! I will be available to answer questions by email or phone phone/virtual meeting. All you have to do is email me with questions, or to set up a time to meet.

In summary: Each week we’ll be posting 1-2 lesson videos along with a Desmos activity. Your learning from these will be supplemented by a virtual classroom on Tuesdays, though I am available to meet individually as you see necessary. By Friday at 2:00, you should complete the Desmos activity and the problem set posted on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. This work is mandatory and graded.

Each day, I will be updating this post with new content, instructions, and activities. Check back daily!


UNIT 6 STARTS HERE

We have decided to move on to Unit 6, which is a short unit on Right Triangle Trigonometry. A lot of this content should feel familiar to you from your work in Geometry, but don’t worry if you don’t remember it!

  • Watch the Lesson 6.1 introductory video here.Desmos Degree Mode
  • Follow along with pages 1 and 2 of the notes posted here (print if you can, or copy onto a blank piece of note paper)
    • Use your graphing calculator if you have one, otherwise use the Desmos calculator (just be sure to click the wrench in the upper right-hand corner and click “Degrees”)
    • Click the calculator icon at the bottom of the page, then click “functions” to access the trig functions (sin, cos, tan), or just type the command into the lines on the left.
  • Complete the additional practice problems (page 3) of the notes document linked above
  • A copy of the notes, plus answers to the additional practice problems, can be found here (check them when you’re done!)
  • You should complete (or at least start!) this work by Tuesday, 4/14 at 2:00 pm so that you can ask questions about it during our virtual classroom session

ONGOING ASSIGNMENTS

COVID-19 Closure Week 5 – Distance Learning 2.0 (Regents Exams Cancelled)

Starting on April 13th, the Ithaca City School District has moved to the next phase of our COVID-19 closure: Distance Learning 2.0. Click the link to go to the District’s comprehensive page for this new phase of our learning adventure.

You should have received two emails from Mr. Trumble or the IHS administration (if you missed then, you can find the 4/8 letter here, and the 4/10 letter here). From Mr. Trumble:

  • Starting on Monday April 13th, work assigned by teachers will be mandatory, graded, and will be used in order for our students to continue to earn course credit. 
  • While state Regents exams are cancelled in all subjects, students will need to successfully complete their course of study in order to be granted a waiver for the corresponding exam. Frequently asked questions can be found here
  • To maximize school-home communication we are strongly encouraging students to check their district email and Google Classroom at least once each day.  Details for each specific class will be available Google classroom (or equivalent). 
  • If students don’t understand the assignments or material, students are encouraged to reach out to their teacher for support during the posted office hours, email or additional communication pathway determined by the teacher.  Additional supports are offered through our student services department, our Deans of Students and our Academic Intervention staff.  

Details of what InCA and AP Statistics students should be doing now can be found in the relevant posts.


Important/Useful links:

InCA Assignment for week of 4/6

Update (4/10): I’ve uploaded my solutions to the Unit 2 review here. Please take a look at that, along with this video of me completing some specific problems from the set, and email me with any questions (or hold on to them for our next virtual meeting next week).


Update (4/8): ICSD has mostly finalized their plans for Distance Learning 2.0, and teachers are reviewing these guidelines and providing final feedback. You should start receiving some information about these plans very soon, if you haven’t already. Please check your email often for that information!

One of the changes for us is that our regular online sessions will be moving to Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. I have made a short form to explore your preferences about using Zoom vs. Google Meet; please complete it here.


As we prepare for ICSD’s Distance Learning 2.0, and our attempt to move on to new content, I want to use this week to review factoring and rational expressions (Unit 2). Your assignment is as follows:

This Week’s Assignment (my encouraged due date for all Required tasks is by 2:00 pm on Friday, April 10, however I am very flexible with this timing!)


Wednesday Zoom Meeting

On Wednesday, 4/8 at 2:00 pm, I will host another virtual get-together, again using Zoom (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. Come by and say hello, ask some questions, or just chat. I look forward to seeing you!

Planned Agenda

  • Welcome/check-in
  • Questions from Unit 1 review (inequalities, absolute value equations, etc.)
  • Rational expressions mini-lesson + supervised Desmos/IXL work

ONGOING ASSIGNMENTS

AP Statistics Assignment for week of 4/6

Update (4/8): ICSD has mostly finalized their plans for Distance Learning 2.0, and teachers are reviewing these guidelines and providing final feedback. You should start receiving some information about these plans very soon, if you haven’t already. Please check your email often for that information!

One of the changes for us is that our regular online sessions will be moving to Thursdays at 10:00 am. I have made a short form to explore your preferences about using Zoom vs. Google Meet; please complete it here.


As we prepare for ICSD’s Distance Learning 2.0, and our attempt to finish the remaining content necessary for our AP exam on May 22, I want to use this week to review Sampling Distributions. Your assignment is as follows:

This Week’s Assignment (my encouraged due date for all Required tasks is by 2:00 pm on Friday, April 10, however I am very flexible with this timing!)

  • Required: Sign up for a Stats Medic account by clicking this link (LINK REMOVED, CONTACT ME FOR REGISTRATION LINK). This will be a primary source of new learning and review for us going forward.
    • You do not need to download/print the notes that are listed, but taking notes while watching the videos would be a good idea.
  • Required: Watch Videos 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 in Unit 5: Sampling Distributions from Stats Medic and leave an answer to at least one discussion prompt on any video
  • Optional: Watch this video (made by me) for a deeper dive into exactly what a sampling distribution is, and how it differs from a sampling distribution model. In the video, I use the simulation applications found here.
  • Optional (strongly recommended): Complete 2010 Free Response Question #2 and score it using the video
    • This question is from the actual AP exam in 2010, and is similar to what you could expect to see on our exam this year. I very strongly recommend you write an answer as thoroughly as you would if it appeared on the actual exam, then score yourself using the rubric video. You can expect that your AP exam questions will be scored in a similar way.
    • If you do work on it, spend no more than 15 minutes completing it. Time yourself!
  • Required: Complete the Unit 5 Practice Multiple Choice in Stats Medic
  • Required (unlocked on Wednesday): Complete the Unit 5 Practice Free Response Question in Stats Medic
    • You can write out your answers on a separate piece of paper, take a picture of it, and email to me.
    • Or, you can type out your response in a Google document and share it with me when you’re done.
  • Optional: Log into IXL (instructions can be found here) and complete the following practice modules to a score of 80+ (click these links after logging in, or search for the three-character code in the search bar at the top)

Wednesday Zoom Meeting

On Wednesday, 4/8 at 11:00 am, I will host another virtual get-together, again using Zoom (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. Come by and say hello, ask some questions, or just chat. I look forward to seeing you!

Planned agenda:

  • Welcome/check in
  • Designing Experiments AP Classroom Quiz Questions
  • Collaborative work on Unit 5 Practice Free Response Question + Scoring

Ongoing additional work

  • PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS: Find past assignments by clicking the AP Statistics Assignment link above. I’m not checking in on these assignments as often any more, so if you do complete them now and you want me to take a look, send me an email and let me know.
  • AP VIDEO STREAMS: I highly recommend you watch the Statistics AP Live! videos run on YouTube every day from 2:00 to 2:45 pm (see this page for the full schedule for all courses). This week’s topics: Confidence Intervals and Significance Tests for Proportions and Means
  • OTHER STATS MEDIC UNITS: I encourage you to review Units 1-4 in Stats Medic as well. I do not currently have plans to assign any content from these units, but there is very useful review to be found there, and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about that content. Just send me an email!
  • ONLINE MATH PRACTICE: All AP Statistics students have been granted access to IXL, an online math practice tool. There are skill practice modules for math content all the way from Kindergarten through Calculus, and there’s even some decent AP Statistics content. You will have to log in via Clever (instructions are here), click the IXL button on the page that loads, and then navigate to the Pre Calculus section. Any of the modules in sections X: Probability, Y: Probability Distributions, or Z: Statistics would be worthwhile practice for you!
  • EXAM UPDATES: Keep an eye on CollegeBoard’s Coronavirus page for AP courses for more information about how our (and all) exam will look. The majority of you stated you plan to take whatever test CollegeBoard puts together, and the rest said you’d wait and see what they come up with for their plan.

COVID-19 Closure Week 4 – ICSD Schools Closed through 4/29

Update (4/7): The NYS Department of Education has cancelled all June Regents exams. From their announcement (read the full version here):

Students who, during the June 2020 examination period would have taken one or more Regents examinations, will be exempted from passing the assessments in order to be issued a diploma.  To qualify for the exemption, students must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
  • The student is in grade 7, is enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have passed such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course and earn the course credit and is subsequently granted diploma credit in August 2020; or
  • The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to an applicable Regents examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents examination but intended to take the test in June 2020 to achieve a passing score.

In other words:

  1. If you pass a current class with a required Regents exam at the end, you are exempt from the exam requirement for that class.
  2. If you do not pass a current class with a required Regents exam at the end, you must pass the class in summer 2020 to be exempt from the exam requirement for that class
  3. If you previously passed a class with a required Regents exam at the end, but did not pass the exam, you will be exempt from the exam requirement for that class if you intended to take the exam again in June 2020.

What does “intended to take the exam” look like? According to the FAQ document NYSED also released:

Schools can apply the “intended to take a Regents Examination” eligibility requirement under one of the following circumstances:

  • the student informed the school that s/he wished to retake the examination; or
  • the student was receiving academic intervention, supplemental instruction or
    tutoring of some kind in preparation to take the examination; or
  • the student took the examination in June 2019, August 2019, or January 2020 in
    an attempt to pass or better his/her score.

If you previously failed a required state Regents exam (but passed the class), and had already this year told your counselor you were planning to retake the test, or were in AIS to retake it, or had taken the exam in June 2019, August 2019, or January 2020, then you are exempt from the exam requirement.

If you have further questions about what this news might mean for you, reach out to your counselor. They are there to help!


On Monday, April 6th, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo directed that the current closure of schools and non-essential businesses will extend until Wednesday, April 29

In Ithaca, working groups of teachers and staff from across the district are finalizing their recommendations for the ICSD Distance Learning 2.0 plan, which is expected to roll out on Monday, April 13.

Important/Useful links:

AP Statistics Exam Test Guide (Updated 5/24)

Some Post-test updates from CollegeBoard:

I’ll be given access to your test questions and responses on Tuesday the 26th. I’ll plan to post my answers to the questions you tested on later that day or on Wednesday

If you requested a make-up test, you’ll be notified by email on Thursday May 28. The makeup exam schedule can be found here (ours is Thursday, June 4 at 4:00)


Update (5/17) From CollegeBoard:

We share the deep disappointment of students who were unable to submit responses.

  • Beginning Monday, May 18, and continuing through the makeup window, there will be a backup email submission process for browser-based exams.
  • This option will only be available for students who were not able to submit in the standard process—and they must then email their responses immediately following their exam.
  • These students will see instructions about how to email their response on the page that says, “We Did Not Receive Your Response.” The email address that appears on this page will be unique to each student.
  • Any student testing between May 18–22 who can’t successfully upload their response through the exam platform or send it to us by email, will need to request a makeup exam.
  • To protect the security and validity of exams, we’re unable to accept submissions from students who tested May 11–15. However, these students can feel confident that the email option will be in place for them during the makeup exams.
  • Email submissions will not be available for the World Language exams.

Start Here

  • Watch this video from CollegeBoard. It summarizes essentially everything you’ll need to know.
    • There’s good info in the other videos, too. Check them out.
    • Note that AP Statistics is a “Two Question” exam.
  • Download, print, and complete this Exam Day Checklist
    • I’ve added key information for the AP Statistics exam. You can find a blank version here for your other exams.
  • Download and print the AP Statistics Formula Sheet and Tables
    • This is mostly the same stuff as was on our formula sheet from class, but there are extra tables at the end that might prove useful.
  • Log into My AP and ensure your contact information is up to date.
  • Check out the Demo AP Exam and explore the submission options

 Test Taking Submission Options

  • Option 1: Copy/Paste and Submit
    • Your setup: Click the e-ticket in one window to access the test page and write your response in a Google Doc, Microsoft Word Document, or other word processor on another window (positioned side-by-side, ideally)
    • You answer by: Typing your response in the document
    • You submit by: Copying text into test window
    • Pros:
      • Typing is probably faster than handwriting
      • Easier to edit answers
    • Cons: 
    • Other things to remember: 
      • Make sure to include your 8-character AP ID and initials at the top of each file
      • Supported browsers: Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge (but not Internet Explorer)
      • If you have the Grammerly add-on installed, you will need to remove it.
    • Bottom Line: This is probably the best option. Typing math is tricky, but I think the benefits outweigh the risks
  • Option 2: Attach typed text document and Submit
    • Your setup: Click the e-ticket in one window to access the test page  and write your response in a Google Doc, Microsoft Word Document, or other word processor on another window (positioned side-by-side, ideally)
    • You answer by: Typing your response in the document
    • You submit by: Saving a text file (a different file per question) and uploading it to the test window.
      • Supported text file formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, .odt
    • Pros:
      • Typing is probably faster than handwriting
      • Easier to edit answers
    • Cons: 
    • Other things to remember: 
      • Make sure to include your 8-character AP ID and initials at the top of each file.
      • Create and pre-save your documents
      • Supported browsers: Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge (but not Internet Explorer)
      • If you have the Grammerly add-on installed, you will need to remove it.
    • Bottom Line: No big difference over option 1. There’s a small risk of uploading the wrong file, but you can avoid this by pre-saving your documents and carefully naming them (e.g., LastName.FirstName.APQuestion1 and LastName.FirstName.APQuestion2)
  • Option 3: Attach photos of handwritten response and Submit
    • Your setup: Click the e-ticket on your cell phone or tablet and open the test page. Have pen/pencil and paper nearby to write your responses.
    • You answer by: Handwriting your response on lined or unlined paper
    • You submit by: Taking a picture of each page (up to 5 allowed) and uploading them to the test page.
    • Pros:
      • You’re already used to handwriting math responses
    • Cons: 
      • Response must be submitted as a picture (.png, .jpg, .jpeg) or scanned PDF
        • Note that if you upload a PDF, it must be submitted as a “text” file and not an “image” file
        • Many iPhones take pictures as HEIC files, which are not accepted. You can change this setting by going to Settings > Camera > Formats and selecting “Most Compatible”
      • Writing for such a focused length of time can be painful to your hand
      • Must scroll on phone to see questions
      • You’re not looking at the screen while working, so you might miss the timer alert
      • Harder to use cell phone as backup timer
      • Photo quality must be perfect
      • Runs the risk of accidentally submitting before uploading all images.
    • Other things to remember: 
      • Make sure to write your 8-character AP ID and initials on the top of each page (as well as a page number for multi-page submissions)
      • You’ll submit your images all at once. Don’t hit “Submit” until all have been uploaded!
    • Bottom Line: I don’t recommend this option. While handwriting math is likely easier than typing math, there are too many ways for this to go wrong.
  • Option 3 (alternative): Upload photos of handwritten response to computer and Submit
    • Your setup: Click the e-ticket on your computer to access the test page. Have pen/pencil and paper nearby to write your responses.
    • You answer by: Handwriting your response on lined or unlined paper
    • You submit by: Taking a picture of each page (up to 5 allowed) or a PDF scan of all pages, emailing/uploading them to your computer, then uploading them to the test page.
    • Pros:
      • Allows you to handwrite math while eliminating some of the disadvantages of accessing the test on your phone.
    • Cons:
      • Same issues with photo quality and requirement of image files (not pdfs)
      • Many steps make take time that you can’t afford.
      • CollegeBoard does not recommend this
    • Other things to remember: 
      • Make sure to write your 8-character AP ID and initials on the top of each page (as well as a page number for multi-page submissions)
      • You’ll submit your images all at once. Don’t hit “Submit” until all have been uploaded!
    • Bottom Line: CollegeBoard does not recommend this option and nor do I. The number of steps behind taking proper photos, uploading them to your computer, and submitting them gives you too little room for error.

What will Test Day Look Like?

  • Two days before the exam (May 20 for us), you’ll get an e-ticket in your email. You will use this ticket to access the exam on the 22nd.
    • This ticket will also be accessible on your My AP account
  • Click the link on your e-ticket no later than 1:30 pm on Friday, May 22nd. You’ll be asked some security questions, then be placed in a waiting room until 2:00
  • Immediately at 2:00, Question 1 will appear along with a timer for 30 minutes. You will have 25 minutes to write your response, then 5 minutes to upload it.
    • IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR RESPONSE TO QUESTION 1 BEFORE THE TIMER EXPIRES, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUBMIT IT AT ALL
  • After 30 minutes, Question 2 will appear along with a timer for 20 minutes. You will have 15 minutes to write your response, then 5 minutes to upload it.
  • From CollegeBoard: “Don’t worry if you don’t complete all parts of the question before you need to attach and submit your response. To give students as many different chances to demonstrate what they know as possible, a question may have more parts than can be answered in the allowed time. You don’t need to complete the entire question to get a score of 5, but you do need to submit whatever work you’ve done.”

Additional Information

  • The full 2020 AP Testing Guide can be found here. The guide is written for teachers, but students are welcome to review it as well.
  • If you have previously-approved testing accommodations, (e.g., extended time for tests) they will be automatically applied to the exam. More information can be found here.
    • If you experience a sudden temporary disability, e.g., you sprain your wrist the day before the exam, emergency accommodations can be made available. Contact Ms. Eva Collier, our school’s AP Coordinator, and/or visit the link above.
  • If you have a known conflict on May 22, you do not have to do anything. Do not click the link in your e-ticket on the 22nd, and a new ticket to access the makeup test on Thursday, June 4 at 4:00 pm will be automatically sent.
  • If you encounter a technical issue that you feel impacted your ability to perform effectively on the test, you may request a make-up exam.
    • Acceptable reasons for a request: sudden sickness, significant interruptions from family members, battery failures, power outages, or technical disruptions
    • Your request must be submitted here within 48 hours of the exam date.

I expect still more information will be made available as we move closer to test day. Watch this space, watch your email, and watch AP’s Coronavirus Page for more updates


Update (4/21): The IHS Administration has made some decisions about AP exams at IHS.

  • If you plan to take the test, you do not have to do anything. You are currently registered, and Ms. Collier, our school’s AP Coordinator, will submit your registration fee after the exam.
  • If you plan not to take the test, you also do not have to do anything. Just don’t log in on the day of the exam.
    • That said, I would appreciate you keeping me in the loop about your decision!
  • You may make the decision to not take the exam up to and including the day of the exam itself. Ms. Collier will look at the actual results of who takes and didn’t take the exam and will process registration fees accordingly. You will receive a full refund for any exams you did not take.

Update (4/15): I attended a webinar hosted by Trevor Packer last night and have a few small updates:

  • First a reminder:
    • Our exam is on Friday, May 22 at 2:00 pm. There is a makeup day of Thursday, June 4 at 4:00 pm, though CollegeBoard is saying this is “For students with Technical or Other Disruptions.”
  • On April 28, CollegeBoard plans to release more detailed information about the revised AP procedures, including instructions on what information you’ll need to have with you when you sit down for the exam. Trevor did give a little more information on what test day looks like:
    • On the 22nd, you’ll receive an email with a link to your exam page. This invitation will also appear in your online AP profile.
    • Plan on logging in no later than 1:45 pm. You’ll be asked some initial information to confirm your identity, then you’ll be placed on an online “waiting room.”
      • You will have until the start of the test to decide whether you want to hand write/upload your responses, or type/copy+paste your responses. It was unclear to me whether you can change your mind mid-test. I doubt this.
    • Exactly at 2:00, the first free response question will appear, along with a 30 minute timer. You will have the first 25 minutes to compose your answer. At the 5 minute mark, the timer will turn red and you will see a prompt to submit your response. Stop working at that point and submit your information. If your connection is slow and the submission does not finish by the end of the timer, that is okay. As long as you’ve initiated the submission process, it will continue in the background
    • Exactly at 2:30, you will lose all access to the first question, and a second free response question will appear, along with a 20 minute timer. You will have the first 25 minutes to compose your answer. At the 5 minute mark, the timer will turn red and you will see a prompt to submit your response. Stop working at that point and do so.
  • Here’s what I know about the questions themselves:
    • Both will be “multi-focus” in nature, meaning both questions will draw on your knowledge from two or more of the major aspects of the course:
      • Exploring Data
      • Sampling and Experimentation
      • Probability and Simulations
      • Inference
    • Both questions will be of similar difficulty to past free response questions, though the first question will be longer.
      • Trevor has said that you should not expect nor plan to finish either question, and that students will still be able to get a 5 even if they do not finish.
    • All required calculations can be done with paper and pencil, with no calculator (graphing, statistical software, etc.) required. However, use of a calculator is allowed and may be helpful (e.g., for completing basic arithmetic problems).
    • You may use the AP Statistics Formula Sheet. You may have this open as a page on your computer, or print it out to refer to. I do not know (though I doubt; see below) if you’ll need access to the tables included (standard normal table, t-distribution table).
  • SPECULATION ZONE – ALL INFORMATION HERE ARE MY OWN GUESSES ABOUT THE EXAM AND IS NOT CONFIRMED BY COLLEGEBOARD AT ALL
    • I don’t think there will be a full hypothesis test question, where you will write hypotheses, check conditions, complete the mechanics, and write a conclusion.
    • That said, I do think there will be parts of a hypothesis test question, e.g., here are some hypotheses, check the relevant conditions; now here are the mechanics, state the appropriate conclusion. Or: given a sample statistics and margin of error, write and interpret a confidence interval and use it to check a hypothesis.
    • I suspect there may (also? instead?) be a question asking you to test a hypothesis, and maybe even calculate a p-value, from the results of a simulation. Think about the “smelling Parkinson’s” example we did at the start of the class, or the simulation-based statistics you did in Algebra 2 (if you’ve already completed that class). Something like: “Given that 23 of these 1000 simulated trials produced a statistic as-or-more-extreme than the one observed, what can we conclude?”
    • There will almost definitely be a question asking something about the design of an experiment or survey, and it will probably be the former.

We’ll have more information about the test on Tuesday, the 28th.


On Friday, April 3, Collegeboard released a new Coronavirus page with updates on how the AP examination process will change due to nationwide school closures. I recommend that students carefully read everything in the Students section of this page (as well as the FAQs), but I’ve tried to compile some of the highlights for our class below:

  • The new exam date is Friday, May 22 at 2:00 pm
    • If school has reopened by this time, you’ll be taking the exam in school. Otherwise, you’ll be taking the exam at home.
    • An alternative late test date of Friday, June 5 at 4:00 pm is available for those with a school-approved conflict on May 22
  • The exam will be open book/open notes
    • Specifically, you are permitted the following notes, resources, and tools:
      • Class notes created by the student
      • Classroom resources provided by the teacher
      • Previous assignments or assessments returned by the teacher
      • Calculators for certain exams (see specific exam information for details)
      • Your AP Statistics Formula Sheet
    • You are permitted to store/access these resources digitally
    • You may not:
      • Communicate with any other person during the exam through any means, including online, in-person, by mobile or other device
      • Crowdsource support from group messages, online forums or social media
      • Incorporate the work of another person or technological service into their own exam response, including language translation
    • Collegeboard has posted some open book/open notes exam tips. I suggest you take a look at them and pay attention to what they say.
  • The exam will feature two free response questions
    • You will have 25 minutes to read and response to Question 1, and then 5 minutes to upload your response. Your score for Question 1 will be worth 55% of your exam score
    • You will then have 15 minutes to read and response to Question 2, and another 5 minutes to upload your response. Your score for Question 2 will be worth 45% of your exam score.
    • Once your response to Question 1 has been submitted, you will not be able to return to it.
    • Both questions may cover two or more of the central topics to the AP Statistics course:
      • Exploring Data
      • Sampling and Experimentation
      • Probability and Simulations
      • Inference
    • Free response questions 1-5 from past exams will be good models for the questions that will appear on this year’s exam. There will be no Investigative Task question (question 6 from past exams).
  • You can take the test/submit answers on a computer/laptop, or on a smartphone
    • When on a computer/laptop, you can type your answers or handwrite them, then upload/submit a photo
    • When on a smartphone, you can handwrite your answers and take a picture/upload them from your phone.
    • Collegeboard recommends you pick one of these strategies, and not try to juggle both.
    • There will be video demonstrations and live “simulations” so you can experiment with these methods of test-taking and response submission posted in late April.
    • If you don’t have a device, please let me know ASAP, and complete Collegeboard’s access form here.
  • Collegeboard will be taking exam security very seriously, possibly even moreso this year than in the past. Read more about their plans here.
  • All teachers will be given access to student responses by May 26.
    • This will partially serve as another step for exam security, but will also allow us to use your responses in our calculation of a grade for the course.
    • I will post an update on if/how Ms. Seifert and I plan to use this information later, once we have made this decision.

I expect Collegeboard will continue to release information about this exam and its contents in the coming weeks. They are continuing to release daily live instructional videos for all of their exams, and you can access that schedule here. I recommend that you watch these videos to supplement the work we are doing in class.

InCA Assignment for week of 3/30

Update (4/3): Here are my answers to the Unit 1 Review sheet posted below, and here is a video of my work through questions 36-41. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!


This week, I want to go all the way back to the start of the year with some Unit 1 Review and refresh you on a few of the big ideas there, in particular linear inequalities and absolute value equations. Your assignment is as follows:

Please complete this assignment by Friday, 4/3 at 2:00 pm. You can email me pictures of your work to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us. Note that this work is NOT OPTIONAL. These are required assignments. I am VERY FLEXIBLE with the due date, but I do expect that all students complete this work.

If you have questions about these tasks or anything else, post them here or send me an email. On Wednesday, 4/1 at 2:00 pm, I will host another virtual get-together, probably using Zoom this time (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. Come by and say hello, ask some questions, or just chat. I look forward to seeing you!


ONGOING ASSIGNMENTS

AP Statistics Assignment for Week of 3/30

Update (4/3): I’ve made a short video debrief of this week’s Designing Experiments Desmos activity, highlighting common answers and common errors I saw in your responses. You can find it here.

Also, Collegeboard has release a bunch of new information about the exam, which I’ve summarized here.


Update (4/2): As we move towards the district’s Distance Learning 2.0, I want to shift our focus a bit to another platform: Stats Medic. They have a very well-made AP Statistics review course that I plan to use extensively in these next few weeks. Click the link above, make an account, and start checking things out. You can work through the course in order, but I especially recommend you take a look at Unit 5: Sampling Distributions.


Among the higher-voted requests on my Review Priorities Google Poll was Designing Experiments, and so that’s what I’ve selected to focus on for this week.

  • Watch this video for a recap of this content from Chapter 13 (if you want)
  • Please log into and complete this Desmos lesson here (Desmos room code WYC9CZ).
    • Make sure you hit the “Log In with Google” button.
    • Based on your feedback, I have hit the “Anonymize” button so that there is less pressure for what you enter.
    • Please check back again a day or so after you submit your answers so you can see my feedback!

After you complete the Desmos activity, please log into AP Classroom and complete the “Designing Experiments Quiz” by Thursday April 2 at 3:00 pm. I’ll send you a score, but of course the score will not count towards or against your grade for this course.

If you have questions, post them here or send me an email. On Wednesday, 4/1 at 11:00 am (note the time change), I will host another virtual get-together, probably using Zoom this time (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. Come by and say hello, ask some questions, or just chat. I look forward to seeing you!


Ongoing additional work

  • AP VIDEO STREAMS: I highly recommend you watch the Statistics AP Live! videos run on YouTube every day from 2:00 to 2:45 pm (see this page for the full schedule for all courses). The first several videos are meant to finish the content of the course that we likely will never get to given the ongoing closure. While you will not be tested on this content, it is still useful and important stuff (especially the Chi-Squared videos!)
  • ONLINE MATH PRACTICE: All AP Statistics students have been granted access to IXL, an online math practice tool. There are skill practice modules for math content all the way from Kindergarten through Calculus, and there’s even some decent AP Statistics content. You will have to log in via Clever (instructions are here), click the IXL button on the page that loads, and then navigate to the Pre Calculus section. Any of the modules in sections X: Probability, Y: Probability Distributions, or Z: Statistics would be worthwhile practice for you!
  • EXAM UPDATES: Check back at the Collegeboard’s Coronavirus page for AP courses on Friday, April 3rd for more specific information about how our (and all) exam will look. The majority of you stated you plan to take whatever test Collegeboard puts together, and the rest said you’d wait and see what they come up with for their plan.

COVID-19 Closure Updates (Week 3): All ICSD Schools Closed Through 4/15

Update (4/1): From the most recent communication from Superintendent Dr. Brown:

Lastly, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent Executive Order requires all school districts to continue distance learning and meals through the previously scheduled spring break. During that period of time (April 6 -10) we will continue with the system already in place. No additional duties will be necessary as we maintain the current instructional delivery.

In effect, this means that spring break is canceled. I will be posting another assignment next week similar to the assignments you have seen these last two weeks.


A message from ICSD Superintendent Dr. Brown:

Greetings, ICSD Community,

As our world grapples with the challenges due to COVID-19, I am reminded of the strength and culture of love present in our community. I am humbled and honored to craft our new path forward together. Thanks to all who have shared their time, perspectives, and expertise as our school district moves forward without students being physically present in our buildings.

Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York State will be closed through April 15, 2020. Many in our community are watching the news and the national conversation about what may be next as our state and country respond to the pandemic.

Please know that the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) educators are actively planning for the possibility of school closures that extend beyond April 15th. ICSD teachers, aides and teaching assistants, and administrators collaboratively designed our current plan, and we are now forming working groups to specifically design the what and how of the next phase of distance learning. This next phase, or ICSD Distance Learning 2.0, would include much more student/teacher interactions, along with more direct instruction provided by our educators. For our younger learners (grades 2-5), this enhanced teaching and learning approach would include the distribution of mobile devices and internet access. We will keep our entire community apprised of developments in this area, and we continue to partner with school district and union leadership, as well as community partners.

 While continuously improving our instructional delivery, we are at the same time providing food services to many young people in our community. We are currently delivering approximately 2700 meals each weekday. Thanks to all who are responsible for making this extraordinary feat possible. Our new order form allows us to offer different menu options and attend to allergy needs and preferences. Folks can also order by dialing 2-1-1. Please order before noon on Sundays to receive meals beginning on Monday of that particular week.

Additionally, if students or families are experiencing issues with technology (how to log on, device not working, missing charger, etc.), please call the Family and Student Technology Support Line any time at (607) 882-9850. Please leave a voicemail and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

We are thinking of those in our community who have been coping with sickness; we wish folks health as quickly as possible and thank those who are caring for them. As I’ve noted in other communications, we must partner in unprecedented ways to navigate the current unprecedented challenges.

Regards,

Luvelle Brown Ed.D.
Superintendent


Important links:

InCA Assignments for Week of 3/23

Update (3/17): Here are my answers to the Unit 5 Review posted below. A video of my solution to question 12, about the spread of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, can be found here. I suggest you all take a look at this video, then look at the Desmos graph I made here.

Especially, take a look at the “all dates” models. In the video, I talk about the difference between an exponential and a “logistic” model, and how we can use the logistic model to predict where the number of cases in Tompkins County will “level off” at.


Our first week of review will be about the current unit (exponential functions) and our first task is a revisit to the process of calculating taxes. Since I have a bit of unexpected flexibility to my time, I finished my taxes last week, but I’d like you to check my work! Complete this Google Form to let me know whether I did it right!  Refer to your notes and/or the things I posted when we did this together. Note that all numbers entered in the form should be purely numerical (no extra characters like a comma or $ or % sign!).

Your second task is to work on this review of Unit 5 so far. If you have access to a printer, please print and complete these sheets. Otherwise, write out your answers/sketches on a separate piece of paper. Take some pictures of you work and send them to me (bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us) by 2:00 pm on Friday, March 27. I want to see your results, but of course this won’t be for a grade.

If you have questions about these tasks or anything else, post them here or send me an email. On Wednesday, 3/25 at 2:00 pm, I will host a virtual office hour using Google Meet. I’ll post the link here and send it out by email when that goes live. Come by and say hello, ask some questions, or just chat. I look forward to seeing you!


From my previous update post

Since our course does not end in a standardized exam, we have a lot more flexibility in how we adjust to this closure. Per the district’s recommendations, I will not be  attempting any new instruction until at least Spring Break. Our plan will be to review some of the content from throughout the year, including the exponential functions from the current unit, as well as rational expressions, rational exponents, and complex numbers from previous units; things I know many of you had some difficulty with.

I recommend you log in to IXL (see this page for log-in instructions), and work on any of the starred modules, but especially the following (click these links after logging in, or search for the three-character code in the search bar at the top):

AP Statistics Assignment for week of 3/23

3/28 Update: As we look to the next two weeks, I’d like your feedback on how to approach instruction. Please complete this short survey about the content and method of this instruction.


3/27 Update: I made a video debrief of the Desmos lessons below that you can take a look at here.

Also, all AP Statistics students have been granted access to IXL, an online math practice tool. There are skill practice modules for math content all the way from Kindergarten through Calculus, and there’s even some decent AP Statistics content.

You will have to log in via Clever (instructions are here), click the IXL button on the page that loads, and then navigate to the Pre Calculus section. Any of the modules in sections X: Probability, Y: Probability Distributions, or Z: Statistics would be worthwhile practice for you!


3/24 Update: CollegeBoard has released a daily schedule of their live webcasts, which will start on Wednesday the 25th. The full list/archive of course topics can be found here; the first AP Statistics topic will be for Chi-Squared Tests for Goodness of Fit, a topic from late in the course that we likely will not get to in our own work (and will not appear on your exam later).


Our first review topic will be about the power of a hypothesis test (which, you’ll recall, we defined to be the probability of a test correctly detecting a false null hypothesis.

This lesson will take place over a few parts on Desmos. For each part, you’ll log in at student.desmos.com and enter the given class code. Make sure you click the Sign in with Google button so that your results are saved. If you’re one of the first few people who complete the activity, be sure to log back in later and see what other people have said!

If you have questions, post them here or send me an email. On Wednesday, 3/25 at 10:00 am, I will host a virtual office hour using Google Meet. I’ll post the link here and send it out by email when that goes live. Come by and say hello, ask some questions, or just chat. I look forward to seeing you!


From my previous update post

Collegeboard has released some information about how AP exams will be impacted. From that update:

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. This exam will be composed entirely of free response questions
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

All exams will cover a reduced version of the course curriculum, as detailed on the page above. For AP Statistics, this means Units 1-7 from the Collegeboard curriculum, which correspond to Units 1-6 of our textbook.

More information about what each exam will actually look like will be available on April 3.

At least until Spring Break, I will not be attempting any new instruction from Unit 6. I encourage you to search for videos online, or to check out the instructional videos that the AP Program is putting together. If you have your textbook, read through Chapters 22, 23, and 24 and work on some of the odd-numbered problems. While I won’t be formally teaching any of that content yet, I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

 

 

COVID-19 Closure Updates (Week 2)

Hi all!

I have quite a bit of new information to share with you, and felt it appropriate to put it all in a new post. You can read my original post here; there’s still some useful stuff to be found.

Unfortunately, New York State has become the hardest hit state for COVID-19 cases. Almost half of all confirmed cases in the US are in New York, and about half of those are in/around New York City. Governor Cuomo has signed an order mandating that all non-essential businesses statewide shut down completely, as well as banning all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. I recommend you read the above link for the full details of the order (and check out this list of what counts as “essential” businesses). Unfortunately, we do not know for how long this closure will last.

ICSD schools are closed until April 12 at the earliest, and the current official recommendation regarding distance learning is that all distance learning content is optional and nongraded. They further recommended that any content should be a review at least until spring break, and that teachers will provide one such activity per course per week.


To all students and families:

  • Please complete the district’s Student Device and Wifi Access Survey. This has a lot of the same questions as my own Google Poll from earlier in the week, but the district needs to hear from everybody.
  • Continue to check the ICSD Coronavirus page (and the Tompkins County Health DepartmentCDC, and NYS Department of Health pages) for information and updates about the virus.
  • If you need meals: Free meals are available for all children during the school closure. Starting Tuesday, March 24, all ICSD meals will be delivery-only. Complete this form to request a delivery. A menu and more information can be found online here
  • The leading local broadband internet provider, Spectrum, is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with children in grades K-12 or in college for those who do not already have a subscription. Families can call (844) 488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households, the company said. Spectrum said regular pricing will take effect at the end of the 60-day period if a customer doesn’t cancel or change the service. (from Syracuse.com)
  • If you’re looking for non-Internet based educational tools, our local PBS affiliate WSKG is preempting their regular air schedule to launch a Learn at Home schedule. All day, WSKG will be broadcasting valuable, enriching programming that you can use to supplement what I and your students other teachers offer during this time.
  • See this Google Document for a list of currently-open local restaurants and their delivery/take-out status. Many dine-in restaurants are offering curbside pickup. Be aware that some of these locations’ hours/availability may change.
  • The New York State Board of Education has suspended all Elementary and Intermediate-Level state assessments (Grades 3-8). No decision has been made about High School Regents exams. Keep an eye on the NYSED Coronavirus page for updates, and take a look at their Continuity of Learning page for additional suggestions.

To my AP Statistics students:

I know you are anxious about what will happen with grades, classes, finals, college acceptances, transcripts, and so on. Do not feel bad about the stress you might be experiencing or any sadness you may have for the school events you’re now missing out on because of this outbreak. This disease is affecting everybody in different ways, and while perspective is important, that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to be upset about how it is impacting you personally.

The Collegeboard has released some new information about how AP exams will be impacted. From that update:

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

Furthermore, all exams will cover a reduced version of the course curriculum, as detailed on the page above. For AP Statistics, this means Units 1-7 from the Collegeboard curriculum, which correspond to Units 1-6 of our textbook. (Update: Also, Collegeboard’s VP of Advanced Placement Trevor Packer has stated that these take-home tests will not include any multiple-choice questions)

At least until Spring Break, I will not be attempting any new instruction from Unit 6. I encourage you to search for videos online, or to check out the instructional videos that the AP Program is putting together (there is a daily schedule posted here). If you have your textbook, read through Chapters 22, 23, and 24 and work on some of the odd-numbered problems. While I won’t be formally teaching any of that content, I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

The Unit 5 MCQ Part B Personal Progress Check is still active in AP Classroom. I am working with Ms. Seifert to decide what review we will do, but I expect we will be focusing on content from Chapter 17 (Sampling Distributions of Means and Proportions) and Chapter 20 (Type I/II errors and Power), as well as Unit 4 (Probability), as these are all areas that students historically have had a little more difficulty with. I will post again on Monday with our first lessons.


To my Intro to College Algebra students:

Since our course does not end in a standardized exam, we have a lot more flexibility in how we adjust to this closure. Per the district’s recommendations, I will not be attempting any new instruction until at least Spring Break.

Our plan will be to review some of the content from throughout the year, including the exponential functions from the current unit, as well as rational expressions, rational exponents, and complex numbers from previous units; things I know many of you had some difficulty with. Your first lesson will be posted on Monday, but in the meantime I recommend you log in to IXL (see this page for log-in instructions), and work on any of the starred modules, but especially the following (click these links after logging in, or search for the three-character code in the search bar at the top):


Stay Safe. Stay Sane. Stay Inside.

As cliche as it sounds, we are all in this together. I miss you all, and I hope we can see each other soon.

COVID-19 Closure Updates (Week 1, Last updated 3/18, 8:30 am)

Update (3/18, 8:30 am): In anticipation of any distance-learning measures the district suggests (and also to check in about how you are doing, my dear students!), I’ve made a Google Poll that I’m asking all students to complete. I’ve also added a pair of videos to the Students/Families section below for some explanations for how a virus like COVID-19 spreads (InCA students will recognize one of them!)

Update (3/17, 2:30 pm): The ICSD has updated their Coronavirus page with a section of Frequently Asked Questions about the school closure. Of note:

  • Discussions about developing instruction are ongoing. There is a mandate from Governor Cuomo’s office that schools “need to devise a plan for alternative instructional options.” The district is attempting “to create a plan to provide students with supplemental learning opportunities through the lens of equity and access.”
  • The report card/progress report sequence is suspended. Your progress report grades are available in Schooltool, but paper mailings will not be going out anytime soon.
  • No student will be allowed access to any items they left at school until Monday the 23rd at the earliest.

I’ve also added a link to the AP Statistics section below for finding up-to-date information about Collegeboard decisions.

Update (3/17, 12:00 am): I’ve updated the list of links for students/families at the bottom of the post to include a Google document with a list of local restaurants and their current status.

Update (3/16, 7:30 pm): IHS will be going into “plant shutdown” mode at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, 3/17. This means that ALL school operations will be shut down, and teachers and students will not have access to the building until Monday the 23rd at the earliest.


Hello students!

Well here we are, living together in a moment of human history. In all likelihood, this will be one of those generation-defining moments, something that you will talk about for decades to come with those of a similar age, like 9/11 was for me, or the Kennedy assassination or Pearl Harbor was for prior generations.

Currently, all Ithaca City School District schools are closed until April 12, with buildings in “plant shutdown” mode (no entry for students and non-essential staff) from 3/17 to 3/23. I’ll be using this website to communicate updates as I find out about them so that you can stay informed. I realize that keeping up with your schoolwork may not be your foremost concern right now, especially if you have family in areas more significantly impacted with the virus, or have relatives who fall into high-risk categories. But I also hope you understand that we are not on vacation right now. Depending on what the district administration decides, you may be expected to put aside some time to work, study, and keep up with the school routine. Here are some initial thoughts and suggestions:


AP Statistics students:

Collegeboard has created a page for schools impacted by the Coronavirus. At this time, they are not cancelling any of their exams, but are exploring possibilities of at-home testing (update, 3/16). The page lists several windows for late testing that school districts may wish to take advantage of, and there’s a possibility we may have our test during a later week of May, or even June. I recommend you also follow Trevor Packet on Twitter. He is Collegeboard’s VP for Advanced Placement, and will be publicizing updates as they are available. For now, there is no change to our planned AP Statistics testing date of May 15.

I will most likely be making regular use of the tools in our online AP Classroom through this closure. Right now, I have opened Unit 5 Personal Progress Check: MCQ Part B for both sections. Per recommendations from Ms. Gray, the due date for this assignment will not be until after we return to school from this shutdown, but I will be expecting everyone to complete this PPC eventually for a homework credit. No rush.

As usual, please be sure to go back to the PPC after you’ve submitted to check your answers.


Introduction to College Algebra students:

We just completed a lengthy project on how a virus spreads through a population, and you saw especially how quickly it can start to spread once the graph passes the flatter part of the curve. I hope you and your families are taking the necessary precautions to do your part and help slow the spread of this disease.

Should instruction resume for us, I will be using a variety of online tools to interact with you and monitor your progress. One such tool we have used already is IXL, and I would like everybody to spend some time in this next week to work on the module Exponential Growth and Decay (TYQ), to a score of 80 or more. Remember that you’ll need to log in to your IXL account via Clever.com to allow me to view your results. See this page for instructions on how to log in.

Per recommendations from Ms. Gray, the due date for this assignment will not be until after we return to school from this shutdown, but I will be expecting everyone to complete this practice module eventually for a homework credit. No rush, though.


All students and families:

We live in interesting times. As Michael Levitt, biophysicist and 2013 Nobel prize winner for Chemistry has said:

“EVERYTHING WE DO BEFORE A PANDEMIC WILL SEEM ALARMIST. EVERYTHING WE DO AFTER WILL SEEM INADEQUATE”

I invite you to read this message from concerned physicians for a calm, but very frank and urgent take on what the current precautions the ICSD and others are taking are meant to do. The Washington Post has some interesting simulations showing the impact of what social distancing can accomplish in the pursuit of “flattening the curve”

  • Please check the ICSD Coronavirus page (and the Tompkins County Health DepartmentCDC, and NYS Department of Health pages) for information and updates about the virus. The Ithaca Voice also has a comprehensive page of local closings and information.
  • Added 3/18: The online news site Vox has produced a useful short video about Why fighting the coronavirus depends on you. I also highly recommend this 3Blue1Brown video about the models mathematicians use to track the spread of a virus like COVID-19.
  •  If you need meals: Meals are available for any student Monday-Friday from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. in the parking lots and bus loops at six locations: Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, Caroline Elementary School, DeWitt Middle School, Enfield Elementary School, Lehman Alternative Community School, and South Hill Elementary School (more information online here)
  • The leading local broadband internet provider, Spectrum, is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with children in grades K-12 or in college for those who do not already have a subscription. Families can call (844) 488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households, the company said. Spectrum said regular pricing will take effect at the end of the 60-day period if a customer doesn’t cancel or change the service. (from Syracuse.com)
    • AT&T as also vowed “Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic” and “Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.” (from AT&T)
  • See this Google Document for a list of currently-open local restaurants and their delivery/take-out status. Many dine-in restaurants are offering curbside pickup.

As I find out more information that might be useful to you, I’ll post it here.

Please be safe.

 

InCA Assignment for 3/13

Continuing with the unit on exponential functions, today we spent some time working on creating functions that model other real world scenarios.

Today’s links

Cumulative IXL Modules

Don’t forget, the log-in procedure for IXL has changed. See this post for updated instructions.

InCA Assignment for 3/12

We finished our lesson on understanding marginal tax rates, and your homework is to work through a few more examples. You can use the online tax calculator found here to check your work (look at the “Your Income Taxes Breakdown” section for the Federal-only section)

Remember: Your Zombie Outbreak! Debrief quiz is due on Friday, March 20. You’ll have a few minutes to talk to your group again, then it will be collected.

Today’s links