Monday, November 28, 2011

Class 11-28-11

Class 11-28-11

Project # 1

Due Date: December 9, 2011

Write a system of three linear inequalities that has no solution. Graph the system to show that it has no solution.

Post your answer to this blog, with the picture of the graph. This website could be useful:

Reference: Algebra 2 book, section 3.3: Pages 156-162

Friday, November 11, 2011

Homework 11-11-11

Reflect (express yourself, your feelings/emotions, give your opinion) on what happened in class today: new assigned seats, working with the clickers, working on your own, kind of practice, lenght of practice, knowing your grade immediately, the grade you got, etc. Please use at least two sentences. Have a wonderful weekend!

Class 11-10-11

Class 11-9-11

Class 11-8-11

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Class 11-1-11

Scribe List

This is The Scribe List. Every possible scribe in our class is listed here. This list will be updated every day. If you see someone's name crossed off on this list then you CANNOT choose them as the scribe for the next class.

This post can be quickly accessed from the [Links] list over there on the right hand sidebar. Check here before you choose a scribe for tomorrow's class when it is your turn to do so.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you label all your Scribe Posts properly or they will not be counted.

Cycle 1


Monday, October 31, 2011

First Post

Hello!!! Welcome to Our Blog!!! This is our space, the place to talk about what's happening in class; to ask a question you didn't get a chance to ask in class; to get copies of a handout you didn't get in class (the course syllabus is below); for parents to find out "How Was School Today;" to share your knowledge with other students. Most importantly it's a place to reflect on what we're learning.

A big part of Learning and Remembering involves working with and discussing new ideas with other people -- THIS is the place to do just that. Use the comment feature below each post, or make your own post, contribute to the conversation and lets get down to some serious blogging!


Course:            Algebra 2
Year:                2011-2012
Teacher:           Sheila I. Mejias-Shavers
Room:              K-100
Phone:              405-587-2315


Algebra 2 is a program to teach the mathematical concepts and methods that the students need to know in order to meet high curriculum standards and succeed on states required tests.  We will explore number systems and algebraic operations that involve real and complex numbers.  Perform applications for data analysis, statistics, probability, functions and relations. 


The Oklahoma State Department of Education has specific PASS (Priority Academic Student Skills) Objectives for Algebra 2.  These PASS Objectives will be tested by the EOI (End of Instruction Test) in the Spring 2012.  The objectives are listed below by quarter.

1. Perform operations and simplify expressions involving real numbers.
2. Convert radical notation to rational exponents and vice versa.
3. Operations with radical expressions and radical exponents.
4. Divide polynomial expressions by lower degree of polynomials.
5. Perform operations and simplify expressions involving complex numbers.
6. Perform operations on functions using function notation and composition of functions.
7. Domain and range of functions.
1. Model system of equations or inequalities and solve systems of equations or inequalities.
2. Identify polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic parent functions: predict effects of transformation.
3. Solve quadratic functions: identify x and y intercepts, relative max and min.
4. Use a quadratic model to model a situation.
5. Solve polynomial equations/synthetic division.
6. Sketch graphs of polynomial functions.
7. Identify x and y intercepts, relative maximum & minimum of polynomial functions.
8. Use polynomial functions to model situations.

1.  Perform operations on rational expressions including complex fractions.
2. Solve rational equations (testing limited to monomial denominators).
3. Determine & graph the inverse of a function.
4. Graph exponential & logarithmic functions and apply inverse relationship of exponential & logarithmic functions.
5. Use exponential of logarithmic functions to model & explain situations.
6. Sketch the graph of a rational function and identify x and y intercepts & vertical asymptotes of a rational function.
7. Use a rational function to model & explain situations.
8. Display data on a scatter plot and interpret results using a linear, exponential or quadratic model or equation.
1. Identify whether the model or equation is a curve of best fit.
2. Identify, graph, and write equations of conic sections (do not write ellipse and hyperbola equations).
3. Identify and use arithmetic & geometric sequences & series.
4. Use linear & quadratic equations to solve application problems.
5. Use measures of central tendency & use appropriate measures of variability to analyze data.
6. Use characteristic of Guassian normal distribution and identify how outliners affect representation of data.


The school provides calculators, tools and textbook.  The student is responsible for taking good care of the tools we use in the classroom.  Students should have a notebook (or binder with papers) and pencils. 


1. Absences/Makeup work:  When you return from an absence, you are responsible for the following:
  • Turning in any homework that was due the day(s) of your absence(s).
  • Reading the textbook section or notes taken or other material that was used as a resource during your absence(s).
  • Getting the homework assignment(s) you missed and updating your class notebook.
  • Turning in your make-up work
According to school and district policy, work, including tests, must be made up within five (5) school days of the absence.  Failure to make up work with the regular teacher within the allotted five (5) days will result in the students receiving “NG” (No Grade).

2. Special projects: We will be using projects to explore extended problems that are relevant to us and have real-world connections.  For every project I assign, I will provide a scoring rubric that identifies and explains the important components of each project.

3. Classroom rules/expectations:
  1. Be Polite: be respectful of teacher and classmates.
  2. Be Prompt: be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings
  3. Be Productive: use your time efficiently from bell-to-bell and put forth 100% effort
  4. Be Prepared: arrive with all classroom materials and assignments.
  5. Participate: engage in all classroom activities with a positive attitude.
  • Dress code set forth by US Grant High School
  • Bathroom pass – once a month with school ID
  • Don’t cheat
  • If a student violates the class rules a warning (or conference) will be given, student will have detention, parents will be called and/or the student will receive an office referral.
  • No food/drinks/candy
  • No cell phone/electronic devices
  • Ask questions
  • No sleeping

4. Grading Policy
Grade distribution: Quarter grades will be calculated as follows:
  • Tests 43%
  • Quiz 15%
  • Final 12%
  • Practice work (daily, homework) 20%
  • Projects 10%
The letter grading system is as follows:
  • 100-90% - A
  • 89-80% - B
  • 79-70% - C
  • 69-60% - D
  • 59% and below - F

5. Extra help
Get extra help when you need it.  I will be available for tutoring after school. I will be happy to arrange it for anyone who requests it or when assigned.
Please cut and return this part to your teacher:

Algebra 2 – TB _______         Date:____________________

I certify that I received and read the Algebra 1 syllabus and agree with its content and commit to do what it is required of me in order to be a successful student.

Student’s Name:________________________________________________

Student’s signature:_____________________________________________

Parent’s or Guardian signature:__________________________________

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Digital Ethics

Blogging is a very public activity. Anything that gets posted on the internet stays there. Forever. Deleting a post simply removes it from the blog it was posted to. Copies of the post may exist scattered all over the internet. I have come across posts from my students on blogs as far away as Sweden! That is why we are being so careful to respect your privacy and using first names only. We do not use pictures of ourselves. If you really want a graphic image associated with your posting use an avatar -- a picture of something that represents you but IS NOT of you.

Here are a few videos that illustrate some of what I want you to think about:

Two teachers in the U.S.A. worked with their classes to come up with a list of guidelines for student bloggers.

One of them, Bud Hunt, has these suggestions, among others:

  1. Students using blogs are expected to treat blogspaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate for our blog. While we encourage you to engage in debate and conversation with other bloggers, we also expect that you will conduct yourself in a manner reflective of a representative of this school.
  2. Never EVER EVER give out or record personal information on our blog. Our blog exists as a public space on the Internet. Don’t share anything that you don’t want the world to know. For your safety, be careful what you say, too. Don’t give out your phone number or home address. This is particularly important to remember if you have a personal online journal or blog elsewhere.
  3. Again, your blog is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful and immature things you said when you were younger and more prone to foolish things. Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can come back to haunt you if you don’t.
  4. Never link to something you haven’t read. While it isn’t your job to police the Internet, when you link to something, you should make sure it is something that you really want to be associated with. If a link contains material that might be creepy or make some people uncomfortable, you should probably try a different source.

Look over the guidelines and add your own, if you like, in the comments section below this post. I think Bud's suggestions are excellent. We'll be using the one's I highlighted above as a basis for how we will use our blog.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Hello World! from Darren

Be sure to spell check your work before you hit the big friendly orange publish button. Don't forget to use the proper labels. You can delete this now.

I think I'll keep your suggestion for now. ;-)