Reflection: Shared Expectations Welcome to Algebra ll - Section 3: Wrap it Up


The most interesting response I got for this lesson was from a student who expressed concern that she would not "learn and remember" any math if she didn't have lots of problems for homework every night.  She went on to say that she knows she "isn't good at math" and needs to work hard at it to be ready for college. I am encouraged that she is already taking responsibility for her own learning and clearly thinking beyond just this class.  Because of this comment I've been spending a great deal of time reflecting on my practice of minimal homework.  I choose not to assign large numbers of "practice" problems as homework because I've found that students who benefit the most from extra practice are those most likely to reinforce mistakes while working at home.  In addition, the time-lag between working on homework one evening, turning it in the next day, and getting it back with corrections the following day doesn't serve learning, especially since by the time the homework is returned, the class is two lessons ahead of that material!  That's where my homework philosophy/policy comes from, but I spoke with this student individually and assured her that we would jointly monitor her understanding and expertise and that at any time that she felt the need for more "practice" I would certainly oblige her.  I also encouraged her to make use of the odd problems in the book, since she can check her own answers for those problems.  I will be continuing to dialogue with student and others and will also try to assess more closely the effectiveness of my homework policy for all students with formative, summative and standardized assessments.

  Responding to student concerns
  Shared Expectations: Responding to student concerns
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Welcome to Algebra ll

Unit 1: First Week!
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: SWBAT explain class procedures and expectations. SWBAT apply math practices including making sense of problems and persevering, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others, modeling with mathematics, using appropriate tools strategically, and attending to precision.

Big Idea: Start the year with a bang and the rest is much easier, especially as you reinforce good math practices!

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Math, Algebra, Algebra II, master teacher project
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