Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekly Class Summary: Apr. 7-11

SOLs Covered:  SOL 7.9,10 & 8.12 Probability
Math Dictionary Sections:  31 Probability
Upcoming Assessments:  SOL Quiz #1 (Wed. 4/23/14); SOL Simulation Test (Thurs. 4/24/14 & Fri. 4/25/14)

I'll be keeping things extremely short and sweet this week since I'm just as ready as the kids to start Spring Break!!!  We devoted the week to working on probability.  We discussed the differences between theoretical and experimental probability along with the basics of single-event probability questions.  From there we branched into two or more events happening, both independent events as well as dependent and how to tell the difference between the two, from the obvious questions that state with or without replacement to the less obvious ones when two things are happening simultaneously.  We even had a bit of time to play one of my favorite games, SKUNK!, in which students have to think about the possibility of rolling ones with a set of dice in order to determine whether to stay in the game or play it safe.  I think the kids really enjoyed the game if their enthusiastic behavior was anything to go by.  We ended the week with a little review and updating the Smart Chart before students took the quiz, which has already been graded and even returned to some of the students if they were still with me when I finished.  Grades weren't quite what I'd hoped for, but students made some pretty common errors (like simply forgetting to multiply the ratios after they set it up... a bit too focused on the upcoming break, I'd assume), which I'm sure they'll catch as soon as they get it back and be able to correct their errors to earn back at least some credit.

So there it is folks, possibly the shortest WCS yet!  I hope all the students enjoy the break and come back ready to settle into SOL review mode!

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