Friday, October 18, 2013

Weekly Class Summary: Oct. 14-18

SOLs Covered:  SOL 7.1 & 8.1 Comparing & Ordering Rational Numbers
Math Dictionary Sections:  8 Scientific Notation; 9 Fractions; 10 Decimals; 11 Decimals, Fractions, & Percents; 12 Estimating to Half or Whole
Upcoming Assessments:  MSM2 Test 2 (Fri. 10/25)

It's almost 5 PM and I still have a stack of Error Analyses to grade before I call it a day, so this WCS will be on the shorter side.  This week we built on last week's work with scientific notation by "throwing" it into the mix with fractions, decimals, and percents (forevermore known as FDP).  Last year students learned how to convert, compare, and order FDPs which was an extension on their elementary work on just fractions and decimals, so overall they were fairly familiar with the basics of everything, needing only a little refresher on it.  To start, we practiced our conversations to and from FDP and scientific notation.  One of my tips to students to alleviate the stress of the problems was to save fractions for last as they are generally the trickiest.

When we started the process of comparing everything, my next tip was to pick the form they are most comfortable with (my preferred number form is decimals) and convert everything to that form before attempting the conversation   Without converting the numbers to the same form, it's like comparing apples to oranges; while that might not be impossible, it's a little more difficult than comparing apples to apples (BTW, I prefer Gala or Fuji).  Students began the quiz for the unit along with a good chunk of review on Friday; as has become the norm, many kids will still need to finish on Monday.  I see this as a good thing based on my observations; students are starting to adapt to my harder form of assessment and are improving with each assessment!

Well, there it is, probably the shortest WCS to date!  Now back to my stack of grading.  "Thumbs up" to all the students taking advantage of the chance complete an Error Analysis to pull up their grades!

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