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A New Way to Share

Hey Friends of eMathInstruction. I’m trying to find the best platform for teachers to share thoughts about the lessons in the curriculum. I’m experimenting with this new website on WordPress and think it has great possibilities. Ben Kirk, a math teacher at Ithaca High, gave me this suggestion and I wanted to thank him for it. Hopefully I will use it to its best ability. Right now I am setting up discussion topics by Unit so that people can post comments about individual lessons within the units. I’ll be spending time in August trying to come up with the most efficient system. If you have any thoughts or experience with WordPress, please consider replying to this post to give me advice.

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Unit #1.Lesson #2.Variables and Expressions

O.k. So, this lesson is mainly about expressions and not so much about variables. At this point, I make the assumption that students are comfortable representing unknown quantities with variables, so not a lot of discussion occurs with them. Leave your thoughts and comments, please!


CCAlgI.Unit #1.Lesson #2.Variables and Expressions

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Trying a Lesson and Video

Hey all. I’m new to this blogging thing, so please excuse early hiccups and whatnot. I’m posting the first lesson here along with the YouTube video, I think. I’m hopeful that this then will give people a chance to comment on either, or both. Let’s see what happens.

The worksheet:

CCAlgI.Unit #1.Lesson #1.Rates, Patterns, and Problem Solving

The video:


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Building a Better Common Core Algebra I

So, this is my first blog post on our new discussion site. Many of you will be using the Common Core Algebra I curriculum this year that I wrote over many nights in the winter of 2013-2014. It is an imperfect text, and always will be. But, it can be made better through lesson study, comments, suggestions, and sharing. I believe that we can make a successful transition to the Common Core at the high school level with the input from practitioners around New York State and the country. I hope that you will join me in finding ways to build a better Common Core Algebra course.

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