algebra 2

Over the last summer I completely rethought my Algebra 2 course. Part of this is my focus on parent functions through the first part of the year, giving students a solid understanding of each function and their transformations. To help focus on the fundamental properties of each function, we used…

I've decided to make functions the key focus of the first few units of Algebra 2 this year. I mentioned this in my post about my SBG skill lists: This year, the start of the [Algebra 2] course is going to focus on functions, transformations and inverses. For quadratics that…

This is the second skill for Algebra 2, which is pretty much what it says in the title. At this point, we're almost ready to start talking about functions, but I wanted to "review" a few things about solving equations first. Which brings us to these pages. Except, lets just…

Our very first skill in Algebra 2 this year was this: IN1: I can simplify radical expressions. Even though it isn't particularly related to the rest of the first unit (it's called "Introductory Algebra Skills", but it's really functions and transformations, focusing on linear and absolute value functions), there are…

Let's cut to the chase. Here are my units with SBG skills (and alignment to the Oklahoma Academic Standards) for both Geometry and Algebra 2: geometry units.pdf algebra 2 units.pdf Last year was my first year teaching under the American system, with brand new standards as well. There…

A couple of months ago I shared a tool I created for sketching graph of parabolas. I called it the Parabolator. I don't know why. It made sense at the time. Anyway, I wasn't satisfied with it. It has a lot of limitations - mainly, it can only sketch parabolas.…

There's a new version now, with more functions! https://blog.primefactorisation.com/2017/08/06/algebra-graph-sketcher/ Yesterday was the last day of our school year, so it's finally time to relax! And by relax, I mean write code. I was thinking about the tasks I want to set for next…

Two weeks to go. Do you remember what it was like to be a first year teacher? I do. I remember it really well, because I feel like I've lived through it again. It turns out that starting a teaching career again in a new country is really hard. But…

I invented a new game for factoring quadratic trinomials over the summer break. After waiting to get to quadratics, I'm excited that this week I was finally able to play it with my Algebra 2 classes. As I was planning, I was thinking about how to motivate teaching factoring. In…

New posters today for Algebra 2: Parent Functions! I actually put these up a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately didn't have any photos of them. Then the floors of the school hallways got waxed and we weren't allowed in. Until today! Here's them next to my Geometry Symbols Posters.…

New standards means new plans. Except I've only just moved to Oklahoma, so I'm teaching Algebra 2 for the first time anyway. Good timing, I guess? Anyway, I'll be using SBG this year. Here you'll find my complete list of units, containing the relevant OK math standards and 'Critical Gaps',…

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Shaun used to be maths, IT and ocassional physics teacher at a small P-12 school (primary and secondary) in rural Victoria, Australia. He is currently in the process of starting his career again in the United States.

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The place where I put other stuff, usually math related coding:

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My journey from Australia to the United States:

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Sarah is also a math teacher, and she's much better at this blogging thing than I am:

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