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eMath October 2018 Newsletter

October in upstate New York is underway with its beautiful colors, chilly air, shorter days, and lots and lots of apples.

Here at eMathInstruction we are gearing up to attend the AMTNYS (Association of Math Teachers of New York State) Annual Fall conference in Saratoga Springs, New York. If you are attending the conference, please drop by and say hello. We love to chat with teachers who are using our curriculum to get vital feedback.

We’ve been busy in the last month creating new resources for you to use this year. We just posted the October Add-Ons for each of the courses. Let’s get into what those add-ons are for the month.

In our Common Core Algebra I Add-Ons we bring you some extra practice and another Form C exam. In Unit 2 we have a nice set of exercises to allow students to practice more on solving and graphing the solution sets to equations and inequalities. Some of the exercises are error analysis where students need to find the mistake and correct it. We also bring you the Form C Assessment for Unit 2. You now have three forms of the Assessments for Units 1 and 2. We’ll keep adding these on because teachers tell us that these extra assessments save a lot of time. Always feel free to let us know what add-ons you think would be helpful.

In the Common Core Geometry Add-Ons we also bring you extra practice and another assessment. We created a nice set of exercises that can be done towards the end of Unit 3 (Euclidean Triangle Proof). This set of exercises has kids justify why triangles must be congruent based on both rigid body motion reasoning and more classic Euclidean reasoning with congruence theorems. This is a great way to revisit two different types of thinking about congruence. We also bring you the Form B Assessment for Unit 4 (Constructions). Always good to have more than one assessment, especially when it contains lots and lots of geometric diagrams, as the Construction Assessment obviously has.

For our Common Core Algebra II Add-Ons its all Form C Assessments. We bring you both the Unit 2 (Functions) and Unit 3 (Linear Functions) Form C Assessments. Who couldn’t use an extra test with a system of three equations and three unknowns? Yes, that topic may be going away with the Next Gen changes, but it’s still in the curriculum now.

Finally, our Algebra 2 with Trigonometry Add-Ons also contain two assessments. We have now created Unit 3 (Quadratic Functions) Mid-Unit Quiz Form B. This quiz should be given after Lesson #8 in that very long unit. With two forms of this quiz now available teachers can mix and match or just give the new one for the year. We’ve also created a Unit 4 (Radicals and the Quadratic Formula) Form B Unit Assessment.

Well, a short newsletter for this month. I need to get back to writing. But, writing what?!? We plan to have a very exciting announcement in the next month or two regarding exactly that. I know my 5th grade daughter Evie is very excited to share the news. As always, if you have any suggestions for add-ons or questions about anything, feel free to contact us at: Info@emathinstruction.com

 

 

 

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eMath September 2018 Newsletter

It’s mid-September, which means classes have started and both teachers and kids are getting back into the school groove. We’ve been super busy here at eMathInstruction handling orders, sorting through technical issues (lost codes, lost codes, and more lost codes), writing books, and creating add-ons. We’ve got those up and ready for you, so let me lay out what’s new in September.

For Common Core Algebra I Add-Ons we’ve got two new Unit 1 resources. First, we have a new Skill Building set. This is our second for Unit 1 and we added it because it is so crucial that students establish these early skills, most of which should be a review from 8th grade and earlier. We’ve also brought you a Unit 1 Assessment Form C. That’s right!  This is our third assessment for Unit 1. We’ve heard from teachers that these additional assessments are critical, so we are committed to creating more of them for all of our courses.

Common Core Geometry is our “youngest” course and thus has the least add-ons so far. For this month’s Common Core Geometry Add-Ons we bring you two resources for Unit 3 (Euclidean Proof). First we have a Lesson 6 Warm-Up on parallel line terminology and properties. This is a great resource to use to review all of the terminology associated with parallel lines (alternate interior, exterior, same-side, corresponding). Use this if you think your students need this terminology review before higher-level work with parallel lines. We’ve also brought you the Form B (second) Unit 3 Assessment. We will get out a second assessment for each of our Geometry units this year, hopefully having them all done by February.

In Common Core Algebra II Add-Ons we bring you a couple of Unit 1 resources. We created a skill building set for Unit 1 similar to the ones we have for Algebra I. This set of problems gives students extra practice on some basic skills that they will need in order to be successful throughout the course. We also bring you the Form C of the Unit 1 Assessment. So, now you have three assessments for this unit to mix and match.

Algebra 2 with Trigonometry is our oldest course having been created in 2008, well before the Common Core Standards were adopted in New York (just a little history). For this month’s Algebra 2 with Trigonometry we bring you a Form B exam for Unit 3 (Quadratics). For Unit 4 we have a really nice Quadratic Modeling Extended Problem that has students play around with some projectile physics.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m pretty happy it’s Friday as I write this. As a teacher, you always sort of forget how good a Friday feels over summer break. But, once schools begins again, there isn’t anything quite like it. For now, enjoy your classes, your kids, and your beautiful fall weekends (Winter is coming).

 

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TI Inspire Directions for Algebra I – Unit 1 by Jeanne Oliveira

Our good friend Jeanne Oliveira, from Germantown High School, is creating TI Inspire instructions to go with our Common Core Algebra I lessons. She has generously volunteered to share them with us so that we can share them with you. Last spring, we published Jeanne’s Inspire directions for Unit 10. Here’s a link to that post:

TI Inspire Directions for Unit 10 (Statistics) by Jeanne Oliveira

Now, she has created direction for Unit 1 – The Building Blocks of Algebra. Jeanne only creates these handouts if the lesson contains a significant amount of calculator work. Here are her files for Unit 1:

Alg I Unit 1 Lesson 1

Alg I Unit 1 Lesson 2

Alg I Unit 1 Lesson 5

Check these out if you primarily use the TI Inspire calculator and want students to have a great reference for which functions to use on the calculator and when to use them.

Thanks again to Jeanne for sharing these files!

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eMath August 2018 Newsletter

Wow! Is it already August 15th? For those of us living in New York, that generally means we have just over two weeks of summer break left before school begins. How time flies.

Speaking of the waning summer, if your school is still looking to purchase workbooks for this coming school year, make sure to do so as soon as possible. We’ve still got quite a bit of them in stock now, but by next week, the delivery times will start to push past Labor Day weekend. For New York City teachers, we now have all of our workbooks, including Common Core Algebra I in Spanish, on ShopDOE and the FAMIS ordering systems. Find all of the important information using the document below:

eMath Instruction ShopDOE and FAMIS List 2018

Now that the school year is almost upon us, we have new additions to each course. As always, please feel free to send us suggestions about what you would like to see as monthly add-ons to various courses. Always best to catch us with your suggestions at least a month ahead of time. Assessments are always in demand and we have a bunch for you this month.

In our Common Core Algebra I Add-Ons, we bring you a Unit 3 (Functions) Quiz. This quiz goes through Lesson 3 of the unit and we provide you with both a Form A and a Form B version of the quiz. This is the first year of our Common Core Geometry Add-Ons. For the Geometry Add-Ons this year we want to make sure you all have a Form B test for each unit. So, for this month we give you a Unit 1 and Unit 2 Form B assessment. These mirror assessments can be used as makeup for the typical exams or just as replacements.

For our Common Core Algebra II Add-Ons, this month we bring you a Unit 2 Quiz (Also Functions). This quiz should be given after Lesson 3. We provide both a Form A and Form B version of this quiz. In Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Add-Ons, we provide a Unit 1 and Unit 2 Form B quiz. In Alg2/Trig, the first two units are very short, so we did not write full unit assessments for them. Here we provide a Form B for the “quizzes” for each of these units.

This year we are going to have our eye on the changes coming due to the Next Generation Standards in New York State. For those outside of the state (or those out of the loop), New York decided, like many states, to massage the Common Core Standards and given them a less politically charged name (they’ve even taken it off of the NY standardized tests). These standards do not go into effect at the K-8 level until the 2020-2021 school year. They will first be tested at the 3-8 levels in the spring of 2021. Here is a graphic of the timeline:

Here’s a link to that page:

Next Generation Math Standards Implementation Timeline

Now, I get a lot of questions about when we will be incorporating the Next Gen changes into our Alg I/Geo/Alg II series of curricula/books. Well, New York State has been vague, at best, about when the changes will be implemented at the high school level. BUT, if you look at the fine print of the Timeline graphic above, you see:

Two things to note here: (1) NYSED has not yet decided on when these standards will be implemented, so we must assume the status quo in terms of the assessment content and (2) the implementation of the Next Gen standards on tests will not happen before June of 2021.

We plan to really start modifying our high school texts later this academic year and will continue to create lessons that fit these standards as add-ons. We do not plan on actually changing the workbooks until the 2020-2021 academic year. We also hope to release something for kids younger than 9th graders for the Next Gen standards as well. More on that later this year.

That’s it for now. Continue to enjoy the rest of summer. Get out to your local fairs, waterparks, and festivals. As for me, I’m looking forward to taking a long weekend to camp with the kids.

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New York City ShopDOE and FAMIS Listings

For the past three years, eMathInstruction has been working to get our books available on the New York City ordering portals ShopDOE and FAMIS. Just yesterday, we got the last of our current books, Common Core Algebra I in Spanish, up on the two sites!

In order to find our materials on ShopDOE and FAMIS easier, we have published a ShopDOE and FAMIS item list. The two sites differ in how you find books on them (ShopDOE uses item numbers whereas FAMIS uses ISBNs). The pdf file below gives a complete list of these numbers:

eMath Instruction ShopDOE and FAMIS List 2018

As well, in our Shop, we also have these numbers listed for each individual book. Just go to the workbook’s product page and click on the ShopDOE/FAMIS Information tab:

Once you click on that tab, you will then see an exhaustive listing of both the ShopDOE and FAMIS information:

Visit the site to see all of the listings and get those book orders in. By mid-August books demand will start to outpace supply and we all know what happens then.

 

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TI-Inspire Quick Reference Guide (by Great Neck Middle School Period 8 Algebra I)

Zach Boyt, a teacher at Great Neck Middle School, just sent us a really cool guide for the TI-Inspire that his 8th period Algebra I class created.

Zach was blown away by the quality and thoroughness of the guide. And, I have to say I was as well after looking at it. This is a really good resource to have if you use the TI-Inspire in your classes. Here’s the guide:

NMS Team Blue Pd 8 NSpire Guide

Thank you to Mr. Boyt’s 8th Period Algebra I class for sharing this excellent resource! Good luck to everyone taking the exam tomorrow.

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Problem Sets for Live Reviews (June 11th, 13th, and 18th)

We have Live Regents Review Sessions coming up.

A few teachers have suggested that we post the problems we are going to work through. These problems sets are rather long (15 to 25 pages each). We are posting them as we get them up.

Algebra I Problems:

CC Alg I Live Review Handout 2018   (pdf)

Common Core Algebra I Live Review Problems

Algebra II Problems:

CC Alg II Live Review Handout 2018  (pdf)

Common Core Algebra II Live Review Problems  (word)

Geometry Problems:

CC Geo Live Review Handout 2018  (pdf)

Common Core Geometry Live Review Problems (word)

We likely will not be able to do all the problems in each of these sets (there are a lot of them). But, I will try to get through as many as possible in the three hours we have on each night.

 

 

 

 

 

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eMath May 2018 Newsletter

Well, Spring has definitely sprung here in the great Northeast. As I sit here massive thundershowers are hitting us. We even have a tornado warning! I grew up in Illinois, where the flat terrain essentially guaranteed that tornadoes were commonplace. But, surrounded by mountains (or large hills as some would insist) here in Red Hook, we don’t tend to see twisters here.

But, enough about the weather (actually I’m going to come back to it eventually). We are heading into the homestretch of the school year. With roughly a month to go before standardized testing sets in, teachers should be heading into full on review mode. To that end, let’s discuss the add-ons for Common Core Algebra I, Common Core Algebra II, and Algebra 2 with Trigonometry. Last year for each of these courses we put out short (10 points each) Unit Review quizzes for each unit. For both CC Algebra II and Alg 2 with Trig we put multiple quizzes out for the longer units as well. We released these quizzes between the April and May add-on rounds from last year.

This year we are releasing the Form B (or makeup) quizzes for all three courses. We organized the quizzes from last year and rereleased them as Form A. We then also released Form B as new content. For each course, both documents, Form A and Form B, contain quizzes for all units. These quizzes will help spot check the students as you conduct unit review. Since Teachers have access to the Word document as well, you have the flexibility to combine quizzes as you like and need to.

We will start up with more add-ons in August! Including add-ons for Geometry.

In other exciting news, eMathInstruction will host Live reviews for the New York State High School Regents exams!!!

Last year we live streamed reviews for CC Algebra I, CC Algebra II, and CC Geometry (in that order). We did this using only Instagram Live, since that was where we thought we could reach the most students. By the time we did our last review, CC Geo, we had over 20k viewers. Granted, some of them probably weren’t students at all and left as soon as they realized it was a big, old geek (me) talking about math, but still! Over 20 thousand unique viewers. Even if 5,000 were students, that would be great.

This year we hope to live stream it on Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live. We still have to work out the details on that. But, the dates and times have been set:

Algebra I Review: Monday, June 11th, 6 until 9 p.m.

Algebra II Review: Wednesday, June 13th, 6 until 9 p.m.

Geometry Review: Monday, June 18th, 6 until 9 p.m.

Kids will be able to tune in via Instagram Live (at least) and have a chance to comment (briefly) at certain times during the video. They will need to follow:

@emathinstruction

 

Last year we streamed to my own personal account (@kirkweiler if you want to see me post pictures of my garden), but this year we are only Instagram Live Feeding to @emathinstruction. Have your students follow that to watch. Once we know how to watch on YouTube Live and Facebook Live we will let people know via Facebook.

Finally, back to the weather! In my experience, many math teachers are weather junkies. We like both the predictable, science side of it as well as its probabilistic nature. A neat website to help you visualize the weather patterns, especially air velocity, is a site called Ventusky.com.

It’s a super cool site where those little streaks you see in the image actually move on the screen relative to the velocity of the wind currents. It is especially impressive when you are looking at a hurricane. Here’s a hurricane like pattern off the coast of Japan (thankfully not an actual hurricane/typhoon).

So, check it out if you have the time. It is a CPU drain, so just keep that in mind and close whatever browser window you use to look at it, either on your computer or phone, once you’re done.

That’s it for me for now. We’ll get back to you all with way more news about the Live events as we get closer. Make sure to announce them to your students so they can have a night before (literally) review. You never know who it might push past the passing line.

 

 

 

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TI-Inspire Directions for CC Algebra I Unit 10 (Statistics) by Jeanne Oliveira

Our good friend Jeanne Oliveira from Germantown Central School District is working out TI-Inspire directions for all of the calculator work we do in CC AlgI. She just created pdf files for the TI-Inspire directions for our Unit 10 on Statistics in Common Core Algebra I. We wanted to post these in case they would help students as we head into the final stretch. Please note that not all lessons in Unit 10 will be listed because not all have intensive calculator work (most, but not all). Here they are:

Algebra I Unit 10 Lesson 1

Algebra I Unit 10 Lesson 2

Algebra I Unit 10 Lesson 3

Algebra I Unit 10 Lesson 4

Algebra I Unit 10 Lesson 7

Algebra I Unit 10 Lesson 8

Algebra I Unit 10 Lesson 9

Algebra I Unit 10 Lesson 10

Thank you to Jeanne for providing this great resource!

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eMath April 2018 Newsletter

Well, it’s April 16th, so the weather in New York is now turning sunny and spring is in full tilt with the flowers blooming, the birds singing and …

Actually, I’m just kidding. I woke up to snow this morning. Still, not all is dreary. We are quickly approaching the final stretch of the academic year (you are likely just starting the fourth quarter). We have been busy at eMathInstruction working on a variety of different resources, updating our website, and creating add-ons for the courses. Let’s get right into those.

For Common Core Algebra I Add-Ons this month we have added a quiz and a new lesson. For Unit 10 (Statistics) we have added a Form B mid-unit quiz. Last year we added the original quiz and this year we have a makeup or Form B of the quiz. These are always handy when it comes to students who are absent or even if you want to give Period 1 the Form A and Period 2 the Form B. We always try to make them as similar as possible, while still making the questions unique. For Unit 11 (the final unit) we added Lesson 6.5 on Additional Piecewise Functions work. In this lesson we have piecewise functions that include linear, quadratic, and root functions. I still believe that the idea of piecewise functions is challenging enough so that it should be as basic as possible, i.e. just piecewise linear, but clearly the makers of standardized tests disagree with me as they often will include pieces that are non-linear.

For Common Core Algebra II Add-Ons we bring you two activities centered on the probability and statistics units (Units 12 and 13). For Unit 12 (Probability) we have created a Die Rolling Probability activity. We have the students use the random number simulator on the calculators to simulate rolling two die and summing their rolls. We then have them investigate the empirical versus theoretical probabilities associated with this experiment as well as answer a variety of conditional probability questions. There is no associated homework with this activity. In Unit 13 (Statistics) we created Lesson 4.5 on Sampling a Population. We created a data set of 200 values that students then randomly sample from. Students calculate sample means and standard deviations from their samples and then compare these to the population statistics. Like the Die Rolling Activity, this lesson has no homework associated with it.

In our Algebra 2 with Trigonometry Add-Ons this month we have a quiz and another lesson. For Unit 10 (Exponential and Logarithmic Functions) we offer up a mid-unit quiz that covers all of the content through Lesson #6 (Graphing Basic Logarithms). In Unit 11 (Probability) we created Lesson 7.5 on More Binomial Probability Practice. In this lesson we use the calculator to find binomial probabilities and cumulative binomial probabilities for a variety of applied problems.

In other exciting news, eMathInstruction will be at the national NCTM conference next week!!!

We will have a booth set up where you can come and chat and we will also be presenting on Friday afternoon. Drop by and say hi if you are at the conference.

In Geometry news, Version 2.0 of our workbook is now for sale. This new book has the Unit Reviews now included at the end of each unit, so its quite a bit longer than the original book. We’ll begin to add-on to this course starting in August. As always, if you have suggestions in terms of what you’d like us to add, please reach out (make up tests, mid-unit quizzes, extra problem sets, extra lessons).

We’ve been doing some major behind the scenes work on our website recently. We added a second server which does two things for us. First, if the primary server were ever to “crash” then the second server would keep the site up and running. But, even better, the second server allows us to “load balance” the traffic to the site. Hopefully this means shorter page and download times. Now, with all major website work, there are always hiccups in the system. Most of you probably have not had any trouble, but some of you, when trying to go to our main site, have experienced errors such as a “failure to redirect” or “emathinstruction.com” sent an invalid response or even scary messages like “corrupted content error.” I’ll be honest, I don’t really understand what’s happening. But, apparently a one-time fix of clearing the computer’s cache gets the job done. How to clear cache is very browser dependent (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari …). The University of Wisconsin (go Badgers) has an awesome site with links to every major browser and operating system:

How to Clear Web Browser Cache (University of Wisconsin)

You know cache is the issue if you can get to our site through one browser but not through another one.

Have a great rest of your April. I hope that spring has arrive for you soon, if it hasn’t already shown up (no sign yet here).

Kirk