Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Algebra: First Semester Lesson Plans 16-17

As I indicated in my last post, I'll be teaching a section of Algebra again next year. Please read that post for all the context, but I'll just reiterate here that I like to make an overall comprehensive plan in advance, fully realizing that I'll have to adjust almost daily based on how it goes with students.

For anyone who's interested, here are my (draft) first semester lesson plans. My attempt to blog my lesson plans didn't end up generating any feedback (so I stopped), but if you have any feedback now feel free to leave them in the comments or contact me directly.


  1. Just started looking at your resources, love what I see. I can't wait to share your lesson plans with my colleagues. Wondering if you have come across https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/. It would be cool to recreate those assignments/problems in either goformative or desmos, or even google form discussion questions. I am trying to get students to discuss more/ write more about their understanding. Hope to see more of your lessons in the future :)

    1. Thanks Yelena. I have seen Illustrative Math before, but didn't really look at it this time. Now I'll have to go back and take a look again :-).

  2. Hi there!

    I see you are doing a session on technology and that Desmos is included in that session. Have you heard about/used the downloadable TI-83 electronic calculator? I've found this to be extremely helpful both for graphing equations as well as when it comes time to work with financial equations. The TI-83/84 has a terrific built in Financial Application that makes things loads easier for students. The electronic version is free, downloadable to your computer, etc. and it helps students get familiar with the technology in an inexpensive way.

    The download link can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/ti83interactivecalculator/Home

    The neat thing too, is that the electronic version is identical to the hand held calculator, so for when students need to use a hand held calculator for the final exam (at least they do from where I'm from, haha) they are already familiar with how the calculator works.

    I know there are a lot of electronic tools out there, but this is literally one of the best I've found in my 10+ years as an online instructor :D Cheers!

  3. Thanks for doing this Karl. I'll share with our math teachers who will certainly find it useful!

  4. Hello,

    I really appreciate the effort you put into posting your lesson plans, and the hope that you would remain accountable to your Algebra 1 class. I am in a similar situation planning for two classes, one of which I feel is constantly getting left behind because I enjoy planning for Algebra 1 more. It is great to find even more Algebra 1 resources online.

    You may already know this, but through Diigo (diigo.com), a free social bookmarking website, you can compile all of these resources and annotate them to organize all of the wonderful things the Internet has to offer for Algebra 1 by topic.

    I really enjoy your blog and find it wonderful that you get to teach Python! I tried to start some of my middle school students on Code Academy, but they found the explanations too difficult.

    Have a wonderful school year! I'll be checking back for updates!