## Days 18 – 22, Sept 19-23

I had lots going on outside of school so was not doing my blog! I’m doing it now before other things so it doesn’t get put off again…

7 Accelerated had an interesting week. We have been solving multi-step equations for two weeks and it’s been a struggle. We used algebra tiles one day so the kids could visualize that x^2 looked different than x, which look different from a unit tile. The biggest problem is the – sign. A lot of kids seem to pay attention to it sometimes, and not other times. 5 – 2x = 15 can become 2x = 10 after the 5 is subtracted. What happened to the -2x! They also will distribute the negative to the first term very well, but often not to the second term… or just not distribute anything to the second term. And if it’s 4x – 8 – (x + 3) they’re often just ignoring the parenthesis and combining the terms as 3x – 5. So we practiced on whiteboards, in their spirals, with one person as the “player” and the other as the “coach”. I’m not sure why there is such a struggle this year – we will be doing a retake on the test for anyone that would like to take it next Friday – but they must have correct test corrections and a correct practice sheet that we’ll give out tomorrow (I need to make that ASAP!). And their grade on the retake is their new grade – higher or lower. I stapled my worked out key to the test before I returned it…hopefully they don’t just copy my work when they’re doing their corrections. Hopefully kids don’t have D’s at the grading period which ends on 9/30! We are going to start the supplementary text tomorrow – which has more equations with algebra tiles in it so That Should Help!!!