## Thursday, June 28, 2012

### Virtual Stock Market Contest

Last semester I started a virtual stock market contest for my two sections of MBF3C. I had heard that student's in other schools have really enjoyed this contest so I decided to give it a try. To say that they were excited was an understatement. The words engaged, enthusiastic, and almost obsessed come to mind!!!

From the moment class began each day, students were anxious to see the standings in the contest and would work diligently so that they could have a few minutes at the end of class to jump on the netbooks and start trading. I had students on the website at home and actually having discussions with family members about the contest. YES, they were talking about math class... AT HOME!!! Amazing!

The website www.howthemarketworks.com is very user friendly and allows students to sign up with fake email addresses. Teachers have access to all student logins (in case they forget) and are able to reset passwords. The best part is - it's FREE!!!

I spent one class in the lab introducing students to the site and looking up:

From the moment class began each day, students were anxious to see the standings in the contest and would work diligently so that they could have a few minutes at the end of class to jump on the netbooks and start trading. I had students on the website at home and actually having discussions with family members about the contest. YES, they were talking about math class... AT HOME!!! Amazing!

The website www.howthemarketworks.com is very user friendly and allows students to sign up with fake email addresses. Teachers have access to all student logins (in case they forget) and are able to reset passwords. The best part is - it's FREE!!!

I spent one class in the lab introducing students to the site and looking up:

- terms in the glossary,
- symbols for various companies,
- current prices of specific stocks,
- and finally, buying their own virtual stocks given $10,000.

## Wednesday, June 27, 2012

### Starfall.com now includes MATH

I have always been a proud supporter of Starfall. Both of my sons learned their letter sounds and began to read with the help of this wonderful website.

Last week, I noticed that they have expanded their website and in addition to reading, starfall now teaches math and colours. While the phonetics and reading pages were free for everyone, most of the math pages are blocked for non-members. The prices for membership range from $35 (home membership) to $270 (school membership). Judging by the few pages that I can visit, I think the home membership would be worth the investment. Starfall has always been a brightly coloured website with cute (but simple) graphics and appealing children's voice recordings.

In my mind, Starfall will continue to be a leading website for primary children at home and in the classroom.

### Ontario Secondary Math Report Card Comments

I've included a page outlining my process for creating report card comments as well as specific examples tailored to a few secondary math courses including MAT1L/2L, MFM2P, and MBF3C.

I hope to add more course examples in the future!

I hope to add more course examples in the future!

**Secondary Report Card Comments**

**Examples of Significant Strengths for MBF3C**

**TRIGONOMETRY**

She showed an
excellent understanding of trigonometry on her chapter test by solving problems
involving the sine law and cosine law in acute triangles.

He was able
to demonstrate a good understanding of trigonometry by being able to solve
problems involving right triangles, using the primary trigonometric ratios on
his quizzes.

He excelled
in the trigonometry unit where he was able to solve problems involving the sine
law and cosine law in acute triangles on his quiz and chapter test.

She excelled in the trigonometry unit and
was able to solve problems involving the sine law and cosine law in acute
triangles on her quiz and chapter test.

She has excelled in each unit, especially
in Trigonometry, where she was able to solve problems involving the sine law
and cosine law in acute triangles.

**PROBABILITY**

He showed a
good understanding of the probability unit by successfully calculating theoretical
and experimental probabilities in order to solve problems on his chapter test.

He excelled
in the probability unit by successfully calculating theoretical and
experimental probabilities to solve problems on his chapter test.

He showed a
thorough understanding of probability on his chapter test by calculating
theoretical and experimental probabilities to solve problems.

She excelled
in the probability unit where she demonstrated her ability to solve problems by
calculating theoretical and experimental probabilities on her chapter test.

He demonstrated
a thorough understanding of probability by calculating theoretical and
experimental probabilities on his chapter test and interpreting their
applications.

He has done
an outstanding job on all unit tests, especially in the Probability unit, where
he was able to solve problems involving theoretical and experimental
probabilities.

She
demonstrated a good understanding of probability and was successful in solving
problems using theoretical and experimental probabilities on her test and
assignments.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of the probability unit and was successful in
solving problems using theoretical and experimental probabilities on his test.

**STATISTICS**

She
demonstrated a good understanding of the probability and statistics units by
analysing and evaluating data in order to solve problems on her chapter tests.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of Statistics by being able to calculate and
interpret measures of central tendency and spread on his assignments and
chapter test.

He has
demonstrated a good understanding of statistics and was able to successfully
calculate and interpret measures of central tendency and spread on his
assignments.

She was able
to demonstrate a good understanding of measures of central tendency by
calculating the mean, median and mode on her quiz.

She did an
excellent job with her statistics assignments, demonstrating her ability to
calculate measures of central tendency and measures of spread.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of Statistics by being able to calculate and
interpret measures of central tendency and spread on his assignments.

**QUADRATICS I**

She did an
excellent job on the Quadratics I unit where she was able to sketch quadratic
relations and solve problems arising from real-world applications.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of quadratic relations by being able to
graph, transform and solve problems involving quadratic equations.

He did an excellent job on his Quadratics
assignment and test, demonstrating his understanding of quadratic relations and
their applications.

He demonstrated a good understanding of
quadratics on his chapter test by being able to graph parabolas and solve
problems involving quadratic relations.

She has
excelled in all units, especially in quadratics where she was successful in
solving problems involving graphing and interpreting quadratic equations.

**QUADRATICS II**

He demonstrated
a good understanding of the Quadratics II unit where he was able to
successfully factor trinomials and difference of squares on his factoring
assignment.

She
demonstrated an excellent understanding of the Quadratics II unit where she was
able to successfully graph quadratic relations and convert equations from
vertex to factored form on her chapter test.

**EXPONENTS**

He
demonstrated a good understanding of the exponential relations unit by using
exponential equations to solve problems involving growth and decay on his
assignment.

He
demonstrated a thorough understanding of exponentials by being able to use
formulas for exponential growth and decay to accurately solve real-world
problems on his exponential relations test.

He excelled
in the exponential relations unit where he was able to use the exponent rules
to evaluate numeric expressions containing integer
exponents and solve problems using equations of exponential relations arising
from a variety of real-world applications

**.**
She did well
in the exponential relations unit where she was able to apply the exponent
rules to evaluate numeric expressions containing exponents
on her assignment and chapter test.

**COMPOUND INTEREST**

In the
compound interest unit, he was successful in using the simple and compound
interest formulas to solve real-world problems on his assignment and chapter
test.

She
demonstrated a good understanding of the compound interest unit by being able
to solve problems involving simple and compound
interest on her chapter test.

In the compound
interest unit, she was successful in using the simple and compound interest
formulas to solve real-world problems on both her assignment and chapter test.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of the compound interest unit by being able
to solve problems involving simple and compound interest using their respective
formulas.

He did an
excellent job on his compound interest assignment where he was able to
successfully solve real-world problems using the simple and compound interest
formulas.

He demonstrated
a thorough understanding of the compound interest unit where he was able to
solve complex problems involving simple and compound interest on his assignment
and chapter test.

She excelled
in the compound interest unit where she was able to successfully solve problems
involving simple and compound interest on her chapter test.

She did a
great job in the compound interest unit where she was able to use formulas for
simple and compound interest to solve problems with real-world applications.

He
demonstrated an excellent understanding of compound interest by being able to
use the simple and compound interest formulas to solve real-world problems on
both his assignment and chapter test.

She
demonstrated a thorough understanding of the compound interest unit where she
was able to use the formulas for simple and compound interest to solve complex
real-world problems on her assignment and chapter test.

**PERSONAL FINANCE**

He demonstrated a good understanding of
the personal finance unit by being able to solve problems involving credit
cards as well as interpret
information about owning and operating a vehicle on his assignment.

She did well
in the personal finance unit where she was able to calculate interest in credit
cards and interpret costs associated with owning and operating a vehicle.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of the personal finance unit by being able to
calculate interest on credit cards as well as the costs associated with owning
and operating a vehicle.

He excelled
in the personal finance unit where he successfully solved problems involving
credit card interest and calculated costs associated with owning and operating
a vehicle on both his assignment and chapter test.

**Secondary Report Card Comments**

**Examples of Significant Strengths for MFM2P**

**MEASAUREMENT**

He
demonstrated a good understanding of measurement by successfully converting
between metric and Imperial units and solving problems involving similar triangles
on his chapter test.

He was able
to successfully convert between metric and Imperial units and solve problems
involving similar triangles on his chapter test.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of measurement by successfully converting
between metric and Imperial units and solving problems involving similar
triangles on his chapter test.

**TRIGONOMETRY**

He
demonstrated a solid understanding of trigonometry with his ability to solve
problems involving right triangles on his review assignment.

He excelled
in the trigonometry unit and was able to successfully solve problems involving
right triangles, using the primary trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean
Theorem.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of trigonometry by successfully solving
problems involving right triangles on his chapter test.

He was able
to successfully determine the length of an angle or unknown side of a right
triangle, using the primary trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem on
his chapter test.

**LINEAR RELATIONS**

He excelled
in the linear relations chapter and was able to successfully graph and
determine the equation of lines on his chapter test.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of the linear relations unit and was able to
successfully graph and determine the equation of lines on his chapter test.

She was able
to successfully graph and determine the equation of lines on her linear
relations review assignment and chapter test.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of linear relations by successfully graphing
and determining the equation of lines on his review assignment.

She
demonstrated a thorough knowledge of both linear relations and equations by
being able to graph lines, write equations of lines, and solve algebraic equations
on her tests.

**LINEAR EQUATIONS**

He
demonstrated a good understanding of linear equations by successfully
manipulating and solving algebraic equations on his chapter test.

**LINEAR SYSTEMS**

He
excelled in the linear systems unit where he was able to solve systems of two linear
equations by manipulating algebraic
equations.

**QUADRATIC REASONING**

He did an
excellent job in the quadratic reasoning unit and was successful in solving
problems involving parabolas by identifying its key features such as the vertex
and x-intercepts.

By being able to interpret graphs of quadratic relations to find their
max/min, vertex, and intercepts, She was able to solve problems with real world
applications.

He did an
excellent job on his quadratic reasoning chapter test where he was able to
solve problems by interpreting graphs of quadratic relations.

He excelled
in the quadratic reasoning chapter where he was able to identify the key
features of a parabola and solve problems by interpreting graphs of quadratic
relations.

He did an excellent job on both his quadratic reasoning assignment and
chapter test and was able to identify the key features of a parabola such as
the vertex and x-intercepts, and use these features to solve problems.

**QUADRATIC EXPRESSIONS**

He was able
to successfully factor quadratic equations to find x-intercepts, and use the graphing
calculator to graph parabolas and solve real world problems.

She excelled
in the quadratic expressions chapter and was able to manipulate algebraic
expressions by expanding or factoring to solve problems involving quadratic relations.

**GEOMETRY**

He performed
well on both is Geometry assignment and unit test and was successful in solving
problems involving the volume and surface area of geometric figures.

He excelled
in the geometry unit where he was able to calculate the surface area and volume
of geometric figures.

She excelled
in the geometry unit where she was able use various formulas to solve problems
involving the volume and surface area of geometric shapes.

He did well
in the Geometry unit where he was able to use the formulas for surface area and
volume to solve problems involving geometric figures.

He did an
excellent job in the geometry unit where he was able to use the formulas for
surface area and volume to solve problems involving geometric figures.

**Secondary Report Card Comments**

**Examples of Significant Strengths for MAT1L MAT2L**

**MONEY SENSE**

He excelled
in the Money Sense unit where he was able to solve problems involving
money drawn from everyday
situations, and communicate information about money concepts on his chapter
test.

She is able
to interpret, write, and round decimal numbers with understanding in
everyday money situations and did well on her money sense chapter test.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of the Money Sense unit where he was able to solve problems
involving money drawn from
everyday situations, and communicate information about money concepts on his
chapter test.

She
demonstrated a good understanding of the Money Sense unit where she was able to
solve
problems involving money, drawn
from everyday situations on her review assignment and chapter test.

She excelled
in the money sense unit where she demonstrated her ability to calculate taxes,
discounts and sale prices on the chapter test.

She
demonstrated a good understanding of the Money Sense unit where she was able to
solve
problems involving money, drawn
from everyday situations on her chapter test.

She did an
excellent job on her money sense culminating assignment as well as her chapter
test, where she demonstrated her ability to calculate taxes, discounts and sale
prices.

**MEASUREMENT**

He
demonstrated a good understanding of the measurement unit where he was able to
estimate and measure lengths in metric and imperial units, as well as calculate
unit conversions on his chapter test.

She demonstrated
a good understanding of the measurement unit where she was able to estimate and
measure lengths in metric and imperial units, as well as calculate unit
conversions on her review assignment and chapter test.

He handed in
an excellent measurement review assignment where he was able to estimate and
measure lengths in metric and imperial units, as well as calculate unit
conversions.

He showed an
excellent understanding of Measurement on his review assignment and chapter
test by being able to; estimate and measure lengths in metric and imperial
units, as well as calculate unit conversions.

**GEOMETRY**

He
demonstrated a good understanding of the geometry unit where he was able to use
formulas to calculate area, perimeter, and volume on his chapter test.

She excelled
in the geometry unit where she was able to calculate area, perimeter, and
volume to solve real world problems.

She excelled
in the geometry unit where she was able to calculate the perimeter, area and
volume of geometric figures.

She
demonstrated a good understanding of the geometry unit by calculating the
perimeter, area, and volume of geometric shapes to solve real world problems on
her chapter test.

**RATIOS, RATES & PROPORTIONS**

He did an
excellent job in the sports and leisure unit where he was successful in solving
real world problems involving equivalent ratios and rates.

She demonstrated a thorough knowledge of
the sports and leisure unit where she was able to calculate equivalent ratios
and rates to solve real world problems.

He showed a
good understanding of the sports and leisure unit where he was able to solve
real world problems involving equivalent ratios and rates on his assignment.

She
demonstrated a good understanding of rates and percents in the dining out unit
and was able to successfully calculate taxes and tips on her chapter test.

She
demonstrated a good understanding of the dining out unit by being able to
estimate long sums, calculate taxes, and round decimals on her assignment.

He
demonstrated a good understanding of the dining out unit by successfully
calculating taxes and tips on his chapter test.

She demonstrated a thorough understanding
of the dining out unit where she was able to estimate long sums, round
decimals, and calculate taxes.

He did an outstanding job in the dining
out unit where he was able to estimate long sums, round decimals, and calculate
taxes on both his assignment and chapter test.

**WORLD OF WORK**

She
excelled in the world of work unit where she was able to calculate rates of pay
and did an outstanding job on her chapter assignment.

She did a
great job on her money sense culminating assignment where she demonstrated her
ability to calculate taxes, discounts and sale prices.

He excelled in the world of work unit
where he was able to successfully work with time cards, determine rates of pay,
and budget spending on his chapter test.

## Sunday, June 3, 2012

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