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Aligning the CCSSM Geometry Standards to Units

This post *could* be lengthy, but I’ll try to be brief, because it’s 12:15 in the morning who knows if what I’m saying right now makes sense.

I’m teaching Geometry next Fall for the the first time ever, and there are numerous blog posts that I could make to describe the events that brought that about, but I’ll leave those for another day (or not).  To make a long story short, my school has offered a normal track Geometry class in the past, but it wasn’t actually in any course sequence, hardly any students opted to take it, and it most definitely wasn’t CCSS aligned.  Well Geometry is my baby now, and it IS a required class in our school’s math sequence, and as of tonight, it is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

I have unit titles and everything!

I leaned heavily on the Scope and Sequence Draft by Patrick Callahan and Brad Findell.  I think they had some excellent ideas in the arrangement of the standards, and in most cases I kept their work in tact.  The only major change I made was moving the the Trigonometry unit earlier in the year, as the students will need exposure to those standards well before the PARCC PBA and EOY exams.  A minor change I made was to combine the the Geometric Measurement and Dimension unit with the Modeling unit.  I think the standards read very closely together, they are very “calculus-y” and being a Calculus teacher, I think I can take the opportunity to point the students toward the direction that the math will be going when they leave my class and move onto Pre-Calculus and Calculus.

One more thing I should mention.  My Geometry class will be a third year course for HS students.  Our traditional sequence is really not so traditional in that students take Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and then Geometry.  I think it’s going to work out great for me, in that, my students should be well-versed in Trigonometry, will have dabbled in some of the conics, and should have a great handle on coordinate systems by the time they reach my class.  Because of this, I’ve included the (+) standards in the arrangement, even though those are not tested by PARCC and are usually left for a fourth HS course.  I’m going to give them a shot.

Anyway, here’s how I have the units arranged.  Critique.

Geometry Unit and Standard Arrangement DRAFT

Edit: The coloring of the standards is from the PARCC Blueprints.  Green is major content, Blue is supporting content, and Yellow is additional content.


Just Some Cell Phone Photos From Denver

So I had the amazing opportunity to spend the weekend in Denver, visiting a best friend and seeing the Denver Broncos football game.  Yeah.  Week 1 of Peyton Manning’s new team.  Rather than listen to my boring recap, I’ll just share some cell phone photos I took along the way.

The view out of the terminal at Lambert Airport in St. Louis

The first dinner I had in Denver – Chicken & Waffles. Not as good as it sounds. Did I mention the restaurant was called Euclid?

My walking view of Mile High Stadium

The view from my seat, 2.5 hours before kickoff.

Starting lineup. The Broncos ran out of … the bronco. You cannot believe how loud this place was when Peyton was introduced.

Part of the pregame show.  There was seriously a lot of balloons.

This was very cool. They had members from about 7 different branches of military/police.

I took this right before Knowshon Moreno rushed into the end zone for the first touchdown of the season.  After this, my phone died. No more pictures of the game. 😦

I was lucky enough to get a window seat on the way home. This was my view.

Making the turn back into Lambert. I was almost looking straight down at the ground. Was my phone supposed to be off during this flight?

So I know this wasn’t exactly a math related post, but you’ll have to deal.  The hotel we stayed at had a restaurant called Pi Kitchen + Bar.  Its menu was a circle, and happy hour was from 3:14p to 6:28p.  We had dinner at a dive bar called Euclid.  Their drinks were arranged in complexity, Algebra’s were the lightest, Calculus’ were the strongest.  I had a Trigonometry.

Math is everywhere.

APSI Arkansas State University

I suppose I should share where I am tonight.  I’m on campus at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro where I will be participating in an Advanced Placement Summer Institute which begins tomorrow and goes through Thursday.  I’ll be joined by many other high school teachers who teach AP classes, but during the day, I’ll be with only Calculus teachers.

Because this will be my first year trying to teach in line with the AP syllabus, and because it will also be my first year with a second-year Calculus course, I’m ready to soak up knowledge like a sponge.  I’m a little worried about being the newbie in the room, but maybe no one will notice.

This blog is supposed to be about the joining of both Evernote and Calculus, so I’m thinking it’s appropriate to share my experiences over the next several days, even though they will be very Calculus specific and barely related to EN, at all.

Updates to come.