## 4.10.2010

While I haven't accomplished a ton over my spring break, I would like to list what I did accomplish.
• Caught up on my blogging finally (reading and writing)
• Cleaned out my closet and various other dark places
• Fixed my itunes music
• Ate a lot of candy
• Watched a lot of movies
• Slept in every single day
• Irritated everyone on twitter with my endless questions
• Set goals or at least a forward path for the rest of the year
Let's talk about my planning. Topics coming up in Algebra:

• Scientific Notation
• Exponential Growth/Decay
• Factoring (Diamond Math)
• Rational Expressions (if time allows)

Now for Geometry:

• Circles
• Jumping backwards to polygons
• Then polyhedra, surface area/volume
Any ideas, comments, suggestions, resources, links, or anything at all you would like to share- please give freely. I'll take it all!

1. Just curious - what's your Algebra textbook?

2. Thanks Mr. D,
I will definitely be using those resources. Thanks for even giving me the links for them all too!

3. I have McDougal 2007 version though.

When you get to factoring trinomials in ax^2 + bx +c with a number greater than one, I used both the guess and check method and the Kimmel Asterisk method (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwbteAIqUlY). My kids loved the asterisk method because it gave them the right answer right away as long as they memorized how to set up the asterisk.

Do you cover chapter 13 at all? Probability? Our scope and sequence that was set up was to teach chapter 8 (rules of exponents) and then go to Ch. 13 and then back to Ch. 9 (polynomials). I did that last year but this year I'm just going from Ch. 8 to 9.. it just makes too much sense that rules of exponents lead right into polynomials!

4. In my book there are random probability lessons thrown in at the end of every chapter. So far I've skipped them and wanted to do a unit on all of them at the end. But for now I'm going into scientific notation, then growth/decay (briefly I hope) and then onto polys.

I use the diamond method for factoring but I've never heard of the asterisk method so I will definitely check it out.

5. Great post.You have beautifully maintained.Love to read more.
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