Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Don't wait to ask for help

The class keeps moving regardless of whether or not you ask, and it only gets harder as the year moves on.

Our first test is scheduled for Monday, October 3rd (after the 3 day weekend). You'll get some type of review information on Thursday. Remember, you can use a note sheet of your own creation on the test, so please make sure to write down the useful equations like slope and midpoint.

There are so many opportunities to succeed in this class which means there is only one person to look to if you don't.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

So far, so good.

Everyone seems to be getting the hang of the pace of the class which is good. Expect a section of notes (which correspond nicely to the textbook you'll be getting this week) to take a day or two. We'll have a homework quiz when the section of notes is done, and we'll have skills review quizzes every other week or so.

I would plan for our first real test to be next week (the week of Sept. 25th). Full travel FLEX starts this week so please grab a FLEX pass if you have any questions about the material we've covered so far.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Onward and upward!

Ok, so we covered the basics of graphs and slope last week, and everyone has gotten through the algebra review (check the schedule part of the website for the answer key).

This week we'll have the first skills review quiz, both the practice and graded versions. We'll also start the "real" content of the class as we talk about classifications and ratios.

Make sure to ask sooner rather than later if you feel the class is passing you by. It doesn't get easier as the days go by.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Welcome back!

Most of what is covered in geometry was developed by an ancient Greek mathematician named Euclid (pronounced yoo-clid)a few THOUSAND years ago. Obviously no computers or Ti-84's, this guy barely had paper. So why do we need any of that fancy stuff? Simple answer is that we don't.

We're going to do something different this year - we're going to get back to basics and try to discover the postulates and theorems that Euclidean Geometry is based on. Think about it - would you prefer I just tell you everything and test you to see if you heard/remembered it, or do you think it would be better if you figured it out for yourself?

Is it going to be hard? Hard to say. It's going to be different, but if you give it a chance and put in the effort, it will be worth it.

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I teach physics, astronomy, and geometry at a public high school on the border of Detroit, MI.