Day 1

Ready to receive the masses.

Day 2

Boot Camp awaits for my army of Pre-Cal students.

Day 3

Scoring game in Pre-Cal. Groups earn points for insightful comments, funny jokes, and being on task. Points can be lost in a similar way.

Day 4

I have a lot of iPads.

Day 6

Helping the Calculus teacher with his SBG rubric.

Day 7

I have a lot of iPads. Preparing to train Algebra kids on them.

Day 9

Doing some iPad training/play time.

Day 10

Only took two weeks to figure this out.

Day 11

The original set up for Purple Team was a hot mess. Students on top of each other, bad aisleways. I fiddled with the furniture and replicated the setup for Green Team.

Day 12

Results from having Pre Cal students find piece wise functions on a map. Defining the pieces was up to them. SketchBook Express behaved itself for the most part.

Day 14

Death to paper answer keys.

Day 15

Why yes, I'm almost 30. What's your problem?

Day 16

Poster season begins.

Day 17/18

The beginning of our block schedule. Parent function matching with Algebra II.

Day 19

They'll all need a few minutes to finish Monday, but my wall is going to look very pretty next week. Poster activites accomplish so much more than the resulting poster.

Day 20

My great national nightmare is over. My poster wall is populated for the first time this year. Will stay this way until state testing kicks in.

Day 21

Essential school supplies: glow rings, tennis balls, tacos.

Day 22/23

Making our own "will it go in?" videos to learn about making first order approximations.

Day 25

Teasing out transformation rules by replotting absolute value functions.

Day 26

Representing locations as linear inequalities.

Day 27

Final point tallies for the 1st six weeks of Goofy Pre Cal Game.

Day 29

Beginning our quadratic model approximations.

Day 30

Sample end result from approximating quadratic equations. Based on the reference point, I think the scale used is just a teeny bit off.

Day 31

Some transformation reteaching.

Day 32

The table virus slowly spreads throughout my room.

Day 33/34

Wasn't at school as I finished the very long process to get a CDL with school bus endorsements.

Day 36

Why I migrated to tables. Collaborating on a group test.

Day 37

Given infinite classroom space, infinite furniture, and infinite TVs, I find this to be a very efficient set up for a group.

Day 38

Unit Circle Time!

Day 39

Poster for Systems of Equations. The method of solving was up to them. Always good for discussions about the strengths and weaknesses of graphing vs substitution vs elimination.

Day 40

Due to bell schedule quirks, one class period is longer than all the others, so we find ourselves with time to kill on block day. Algebra kids competing in a straw tower challenge. Always amazes me how laser focused this will make them.

Day 41

Finding the right triangles around us in creative ways.

Day 42

Thanks, textbooks!

Day 43

An experiment in self-teaching.

Day 44

Part two of some Algebra self-teaching.

Day 45

Right Triangle Trig calculations

Day 47

Graphs of sin/cos. Meant to add some depth to this project and didn't. Added a supplement project to appear later.

Day 48

Having Algebra kids explain their thinking on assessments.

Day 49

Grading is full of simple joys.

Day 54

At long last, I have tables everywhere. This setup is so big you could eat Thanksgiving off of it.

Day 55

I felt like we need to slow down in Algebra, so I gave them a 4-Part assignment that covered the last week's worth of material. I also felt like taking a day to just watch them work for a change.

Day 56

Procedural Inverses with Algebra II. Didn't do it as a poster last year, enjoyed the result.

Day 57

Another new poster this year. A couple weeks ago we graphed sin/cos in terms of pi, this week we look at things a little more relevant like sound or electrical signals.

Day 58

Project Explosion continues. Measuring angles of elevation to determine heights of really tall things.

Day 59

Had to give a test before the break, decided to let them work on it together.

Day 60

Early Dismissal + Day before Thanksgiving Break = Straw Engineering Challenge. I modified the rules of the traditional straw tower a little bit. There was a "no straw zone" marked on each table that the tennis ball had to sit in but straws could not touch the table in this area.

Day 62

Investigating some ambiguous inverse trig problems.

Day 63

Log War, this was amazing.

Day 64

My continuing experiment with open-ended questions on tests.

Day 67

Log War begets Inverse Trig War

Day 68

I'm digging self-teaching when the topic is right, today they taught themselves how to solve logarithm equations.

Day 69

Some kids decided I needed a tip jar. Bought myself a coke today with the cash.

Day 71

The room has gotten quite the unexpected makeover this semester.

Day 72

It's becoming painfully obvious the kids are about to go on a two week vacation. Some notes for Pre Cal.

Day 73

Indeed.

Day 81

Onward! So begins the march to Spring Break!

Day 82

Will it hit the hoop? Algebra II edition.

Day 84

Fourth year of coaching, and yet only my first tournament, it turned out pretty well.

Day 86

After a little interruption due to benchmark testing, we return. Pre Cal kids learning new things on their own.

Day 88

Benchmark season continues. First ELA earlier in the week, now local Algebra II ones.

Day 89

Fiddling with the room again. I reduced the footprint of yellow because I needed to up seating capacity (can expand to 35 now). Also moved one of the TVs out of the main footpath.

Day 90

My apologies for generalizing a catenary as a parabola.

Day 91

More arbitrary triangles so we can fiddle with Law of Cosines. The second floor makes them all 3D and stuff.

Day 92

Completely relevant quadratics problem.

Day 93

More approximation mixed in with modeling quadratics.

Day 94

The refrigerator corner as it were. Anything from kids or junk that I've been meaning to take home for months winds up over here.

Day 96

Group unity.

Day 97

Resultant vectors and the doodles they generate.

Day 98

Prototyping a 3D vector idea.

Day 99

Supply prep related to my straw monstrosity I created. Electrical tape in all my group colors.

Day 100

Fresh batch of posters.

Day 101

3D Vector cubes. Reminds me of third grade book reports.

Day 104

They might not be good at a lot of things, but TI-84s have decent drawing tools.

Day 105

Making posters, graphing stuff on the iPads, like you do.

Day 107

I'm actually ok with this level of honesty.

Day 108

Extremely relevant resultant vector problems.

Day 109

I added a column to Goofy Points Game to keep track of vector cubes that are still standing. Close to two weeks later and there are few survivors.

Day 111

Determining quadratic equations from a graph and writing about how they've been transformed.

Day 113

All but a few cubes died within two weeks. One was senselessly ripped down from the ceiling.

Day 114

Sequencing!

Day 120

Playing with a 3D modeler.

Day 121

Sums up my thoughts pretty well.

Day 124

Preparing the room for a cable upgrade.

Day 125

All these notebooks are a minor nightmare to manage. Something new is necessary I think.

Day 126

Fiddling with desmos.

Day 127

It's like the year is almost over or something.

Day 128

A rare moment where Algebra II and Pre Cal are studying the same thing. Thus, the Parabola Wall.

Day 129

No more washed out projector. Now we can get some work done.

Day 130

Building ellipse models in desmos.

Day 131

Poking around for examples of circle and ellipses.

Day 132

My home away from home.

Day 134

Graphing explicit equations, such a blessing.

Day 135

Hand drawn ellipses and circles.

Day 136

Remind me to start a tumblr or something with all the random things I find on tests.

Day 137

Bless you HD widescreen.

Day 139

A few seconds after this photo they lamented not giving Bieber a pair.

Day 140

Differentiating between ellipses and hyperbolas.

Day 141

Fiddling with polar graphs.

Day 142

A few of them experimented with the possibilities of the polar coordinate system.

Day 143

Our Parabola Wall has evolved into a Hyperbola Wall.

Day 144

Presenting polar equations in sidewalk chalk. Best thing ever.

Day 145

Things to do with seniors who don't need to prep for state tests. Double tennis ball tower.

Day 146

The saga of test prep begins. Two completely different tests this year for Algebra II students depending on what grade they're in.

Day 147

More from the non-prepping seniors. This was ridiculously clever. Tennis ball had to hover above a floor tile without the straws touching said tile or being taped to the ground.

Day 148

iPads....ASSEMMMMMMMMBUHHHLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

Day 149

A little box building project for maximizing volume in Algebra II

Day 150

Modeling the planets as polar equations.

Day 151

Playing the Chaos Game in Algebra II.

Day 152

Not long after I got a giant new TV for my room, the principals one up me by putting even bigger ones in the cafeteria. Here they make their debut with a screening of a lip dub we filmed the day before.

Day 153

The things you find when sifting through testing coverage assignments.

Day 154

This year's poster output. Always tough to throw these out at the end of the year.

Day 156

Somehow my tests turned into an advice column.

Day 159

Movie props. Eventually people stopped asking questions when they saw these wander down the hallway.

Day 160

Looking up some climate data as a prelude to periodic functions.

Day 161

Despite not getting to film videos, Algebra II embraced their new friends.

Day 162

Yeah, no idea. It's May alright.

Day 163

Relaxing on set.

Day 164

Stupid movies, professional production.

Day 165

The myriad of shooting locations required a lot of notices so people could find us throughout the day.

Day 166

Compiling some climate data in Algebra II as an introduction to periodic functions.

Day 167

An effort to attempt 3D graphing with index cards. I have no idea how good these will look.

Day 168

A big old pile of reviews for the final. And so the year starts to wind down.

Day 169

A created a collage of our sidewalk chalk project. It stretched a really long way.

Day 170

The iPads are prepared for updates and summer decommission. Thank you for your service, dear friends.

Day 171

I got a little emotional before pressing the button.

Day 172

Spontaneous idea to incoporate something random into underclassmen finals.

Day 173

These sorts of things are bittersweet.

Day 174

Seniors take finals early, so this is the family dinner table I created for the few that had to take them.

Day 175

There's a snake in my box.

Day 176

Packing.

Day 177

Sleep well, mountain of supplies.

Day 178

Secret jigsaw puzzle (partial) final.

Day 179

Peace out. I don't even recognize the place.

Day 180

That's a wrap.