Friday, May 8, 2015

For the most part, it's been business as usual in math class, with a few exceptions. Geometry, and Pre-Algebra are far enough in their books that we aren't doing lessons on Friday. This has been great for them.

We've been pushing pretty hard in Algebra I to get as far as we can and to prepare the students for the Algebra I, End of Course Assessment. The state uses this test to determine whether the student is "prepared," math wise, for the real world. This test must be passed in order for the student to receive an Indiana state diploma seal. It's a pretty serious test.

In Pre-Calculus, we just got done studying converging and diverging series. They used the idea of a frog jumping halfway to a wall to illustrate this. For example, if the frog starts 4 feet from the wall and jumps halfway, it ends 2 feet from the wall. If it again cuts its distance in half, it will be 1 foot from the wall after the next jump. Going on, it would be 1/2 a foot from the wall after the next jump, and this pattern continues. When you put these numbers together, here's what it looks like: (4, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 ...). The idea is that the frog will never get to the wall. It's a fun conundrum, and it's good for the kids to think about.

Although we've been doing a lot of fun things, the kids are looking forward to the end of the year. However, your prayers and support are still greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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