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Reflections and Monday Marketing

Free Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quilting – detail

Lots of free motion quilting in my future. Finished another fmq sample for classes, and I have a cheater cloth I want to experiment with. It is good to be so busy! There is a list of projects, and it’s not too detailed. I think I am done with the long-term lists. I want things that are do-able, along with increasing the commissions. Hubby is busy marbling – this quick tray will be silk flowers and leaves for upcoming gift baskets. End of the week will be more fats and new sampler sizes – will be introducing the new sampler in February’s newsletter.

The days are broken up with reading, writing, hand-stitching, machine-stitching, designing, web work, yoga, and taking a couple of new classes from Coursera – on the Middle East (fascinating, will be good for research) and Big History -even more fascinating. I am also contemplating how I can do more writing to get people thinking about this coming election and preparing to vote.

Plus there is marketing, and we both have been busy. The reception to our art since we returned to New England has been amazing. We were at the Essex Art League meeting last Thursday, and folks couldn’t believe the marbling. I still have leads from an earlier meeting to follow up on. That said, we made a list of what will go into the three-month show at an attorney’s office starting in April. We need to know what needs sleeves and hanging rods. The second list is for the digital marbling display in August. There are a number of pieces that need work digitally, as well as planning for framing, so a data base is on my list for this week. There are updates coming for the website, in progress as we speak. The blog needs pages tweaked and updated – that will take a bit longer. I plan to join the Surface Design Association this week, so I can begin to analyze upcoming gallery shows and see where fiber might fit. I have two gift shops to visit, one of which will take our things, given that hubby’s family settled the area. The other, who knows. We are budgeting for better frames for the digital work, as everything needs to be prepared for wire hanging. And I need to go through the smaller marbling pieces to see what can be finished for April.

It’s good to be so productive! Reminder – need to check on industrial felt for some of the larger works in my mind, as we need to plan for hanging as these unusual ones are created. Hopefully pics will be coming of some of our newest completions.

Algebra Unit: Exponential Relationships

Brief note: a time-out from art-related items to post an assignment for a Coursera class for assessment by peers.

Unit: Exponential Relationships

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9th grade, but 8th graders are welcome!

Investigation 1: Exponential Growth

Welcome to our new unit in Connected Math, Exponential Relationships! We have five different investigations, and you will find yourself doing a lot of comparisons of exponential relationships with linear relationships. (Told you linear would never go away!) You can see an overview of the unit by clicking on the link above to see the parent information letter. DO NOT WAIT TO GET YOUR NEW UNIT BOOK from your district office – you don’t want to get behind!!

Here are two key pieces we will focus on:

UNIT GOALS (Specific Arizona Standards for this unit at the end of this investigation):
You…have previously studied linear growth, in which a fixed amount is repeatedly added to a beginning quantity to produce a sequence of values.
Exponential growth involves patterns that are based on multiplication rather than addition. For example, in the sequence 3, 9, 27, 81, 243, …, each term is 3 times the previous term. The basic goal in Growing, Growing, Growing is for…you…to learn to recognize situations, data patterns, and graphs that are modeled by exponential expressions, and to use tables, graphs, and equations to answer questions about exponential patterns.
You will ask yourself the following questions as we go through the unit:
  • * Is the relationship between variables an example of exponential growth or decay? Why?
  • • How can this relationship be detected in a table, graph, or equation? What is the growth factor?
  • • What table, graph, or equation would model the data or the pattern in a graph relating the variables?
  • • How could I answer questions about an exponential situation by studying a table, a graph, or an equation of the exponential relationship?
  • • How does this exponential relationship compare to other relationships between variables I have studied?
Stuck? Email: ***************@***************
Now to the fun stuff: Investigation 1
  • You will need: scissors and a sheet of paper (regular paper is fine, and you might be happier with a blank sheet)
  • Your journal for record-keeping, notes, and solving problems
  • A new anchor chart for vocabulary on a separate page in your journal – use a stickie tab on the page for easy reference to it.
  • [Reference for peer readers on anchor charts – http://www.julieballew.com/A_Literate_Life/Photos/Pages/Anchor_Charts.html. Students will have other samples, since what I use I cannot share publicly (only in a classroom/online teaching setting) because of proprietary agreement with past employer)].
(Students have experience with anchor charts, and throughout the online lessons, I will have links to the unit anchor charts.)
1. Read on page 5, 1.1 Making Ballots and complete the short experiment.
2. Answer questions in your journal from page 6. Remember to indicate the investigation, number of the problem, and use complete sentences!
3. Upload your problem to the dropbox by ____________ for feedback from Mrs. Moran. (This should take no more than 1 day.)
4. Begin working on homework problems for this investigation: Practice problems on page 11 – 18: Everyone do #1-14, and then 3 others of your choice. Everyone do #33 – 38. (Due at the end of the week.)
Stuck? Email: ***************@***************
5. Read on page 6, 1.2 Requesting a Reward and add the new vocabulary to your anchor chart for this unit.
6. Complete the “Getting Ready” on page 6 in your journal.
7. Complete problem 1.2 on page 7 in your journal. Remember to indicate the investigation, number of the problem, and use complete sentences!
8. Upload your problem to the dropbox by ____________ for feedback from Mrs. Moran. (This should take no more than 1 day.)
9. Continue working on homework problems for this investigation: Practice problems on page 11 – 18: Everyone do #1-14, and then 3 others of your choice. Everyone do #33 – 38. (Due at the end of the week.)
Stuck? Email: ***************@***************
10. Read on page 8, 1.3 Making a New Offer and add the new vocabulary to your anchor chart for this unit.
11. Answer questions from page 9 in your journal.  Remember to indicate the investigation, number of the problem, and use complete sentences!
12. Upload your problem to the dropbox by ____________ for feedback from Mrs. Moran. (This should take no more than o1 day.)
13. Check out this video and try experimenting with values. Think about what you notice and try and make a connection between the video and the investigation.
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Stuck? Email: ***************@***************

 

14. Continue working on homework problems for this investigation: Practice problems on page 11 – 18: Everyone do #1-14, and then 3 others of your choice. Everyone do #33 – 38. (Due at the end of the week.)

15. Log onto the class discussion forum (*******************address) and complete two responses. a) What are you discovering so far about exponential growth? and b) what differences do you notice between linear and exponential growth? (Due by the end of the week.) (Rubric http://www.mtsu.edu/ltanditc/docs/Discussion_Board_Rubrics.pdf)
16. Check out this video and see about exponential growth in real-world examples. You might get a few ideas for your Mathematical Reflection.
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17. Start your draft of your mathematical reflection on page 19.
18. Read page 10, 1.4 Getting Costs in Line.
19. Answer questions from page 10 in your journal.  Remember to indicate the investigation, number of the problem, and use complete sentences!
20. Upload your problem to the dropbox by ____________ for feedback from Mrs. Moran. (This should take no more than 1 day.)
21. Upload your homework problems to the dropbox by ___________ for feedback from Mrs. Moran. (Due end of the week.)
Extra video – if you want to dig a little deeper and are interested in growth in businesses –
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22. Complete your mathematical reflection on page 19. Use your word processor to complete the assignment. Use complete sentences – FOLLOW THE RUBRIC you already use for these! This is due by the end of the week – allow yourself two days for draft and final copy.
23. Breath Deeply and congratulations! You’ve made a major start in understanding a very practical application of algebra!!!!

Deadlines:

Investigation 1.1 should be completed within a day.
Investigation 1.2 should be completed within a day
Investigation 1.3 should be completed within a day.
Investigation 1.4 should be completed within a day.
Homework Problems due  end of the first week.
Discussion forum responses due the end of the first week.
Mathematical Reflection due the end of the first week.
STATE STANDARDS:
  • HS.F-LE.A.1a. Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions.
  • HS.F-LE.A.1b. Prove that linear functions grow by equal differences over equal intervals, and that exponential functions grow by equal factors over equal intervals.

Mathematical Practice Standards:

  • 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • 4.Model with mathematics.
  • 5.Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • 6.Attend to precision.
  • 7.Look for and make use of structure.
  • 8.Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Copyright notice: all links are public domain and links are included by clicking on pictures. This unit is directly from Connected Math 2, published by Pearson. The conversion to an online format is the work of the instructor, Linda Moran, and cannot be reproduced without permission of the instructor.

 

 

Thursday Thoughts: Coursera and Duolingo

Evening Moon

Evening Moon

I have been taking courses – MOOCs (massive open online classes) from Coursera for over a year now. Some I just read the material and watch the videos – a lot for research for my novel. I have done enough for the certificates for a couple of the classes: Art History for Animators from Cal Arts (great class), Coaching Teachers from Match.com, and A Look at Historical Fiction. I learned something from every class, and my art appreciation went up considerably. I also did Post-9/11, Counterterrorism solely for the research.

Currently I am looking at The Camera Never Lies (too much lecture, not enough photos, so I won’t work for a certificate), Beauty Form and Function in Symmetry – absolutely fascinating, love the videos, but the math is  beyond me (but I’m following it a little bit – I just don’t want to spend the time actually studying it). The last is on Human Trafficking, which is for research, but I am also working on the certificate.

The information in this latter class is staggering – and frightening, and disgusting. We all need to be aware of the labor and sex trafficking that is happening all around is, not just outside our borders.

If you are at all interested in continuing your education, this is an easy, quick, simple way to do it – and no cost, unless you actually want credits.

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Also, I’ve hated the fact that I can’t afford Rosetta Stone to relearn my French. I used it for a while at the high school and really liked the approach. Well, enter Duolingo – major languages at your pace, and entirely FREE. Already reviewing basics in French and I love it!

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