Tuesday, December 10, 2013

PLN 10

Students can’t resist multitasking, and it’s impairing their memory.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

exponents problem

I have to Replace the question marks in this problem with numbers and variables in order to make this true for all non-zero real number values of x, y and w.


This is what I ended up with.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Schools would be great if it weren't for the kids

By Alfie Kohn

musical notes blog post

Musical Notes Blog Post

Every musical note has an associated frequency measured in Hertz (Hz), or vibrations per second. The following table shows the approximate frequencies of the notes in the octave from middle C up to the next C on the piano.

Note number above middle C
Frequency (Hz)

Middle C

C above middle C
Step 1 Find a model that fits the data You should come up with an equation in the form y = Abx.


Step 2 Use your model to find the frequency of the note two octaves above middle C (note 24).


Step 3 Find the note with a frequency of 600. (How?)

note 15

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


What teachers really want to tell parents

In "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents" by Ron Clark explains the fact that teachers are feeling abused because of the parents of their students. The average teacher nowadays only teaches for four and a half years before throwing in the towel. Many of these teacher say that the main reason for their quitting is because of the parents. Parents need to realize that the teacher does not try to get their kid into trouble.  "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents" by Ron Clark shows that parents don't always know whats right.
This article  was disgusting. Parents are so ignorant to the fact that a teacher wont lie to you about your kid. This is crazy. The fact that parents will ask for a witness if their kid does something bad and the teacher says they did is outrageous. This will ruin the hope of anyone becoming a teacher because of the thought that you could be treated badly by the parents of a student. Parents need to realize that they may be ruining the hope and dreams of those who look forward to becoming a teacher a some point. "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents" by Ron Clark shows that teacher jobs are a lot harder than we think. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Stacking Cups problem with Systems of Equations

I want to compare cups (two at a time) and tell how many cups it would take until the stack of the shorter of the two cups is taller than a stack with the same number of cups of the taller cup. Comparing, #1 with #2, then #1 with #3, then #1 with #4, then #2 with #3, then #2 with #4, and finally #3 with #4.

Equations of cups:
#1: y=.2 x + 5.5
#2: y=1 x + 4.5
#3: y=1.5 x +7.5
#4: y=.6 x + 9

I found my answers by graphing these equations and writing the ordered pairs.






Sense in the problem it I have to find the number to make it taller I have to round up all the decimals I get.
1-2: x=2 cups Because if you substitute in 2 for x in equations 1 and 2 equation 1's y will be bigger than equation 2's. 
1-3: x=no solution because you can't have a negative number of cups and if you just look at them you can tell that it wouldn't work.
1-4: x=no solution because you can't have a negative number of cups and if you just look at them you can tell that it wouldn't work.
2-3: x=no solution because you can't have a negative number of cups and if you just look at them you can tell that it wouldn't work.
2-4: x=12 cups  Because if you substitute in 12 for x in equations 2 and 3 equation 2's y will be bigger than equation 4's. 
3-4: x=2 cups  Because if you substitute in 2 for x in equations 3 and 4 equation 3's y will be bigger than equation 4's. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


In Michael Wesch's Machines Are Using Us he demonstrates how rapidly the internet is evolving. He explains how it is more flexible and easier to work with than writing on paper.  One point he makes is about the massive amounts of internet data. This is what he said, “Who will organize that data, we will, you will.” These words show that there really is no one person that organizes the data on the internet. Wesch also shows that the internet learns from what we click on showing it what we favor. To name a few things that the internet may change about every day life are ethics, family, and government. The very last thing that Wesch states is that the web consumes people's lives. He states that “We are the web”.     
In Michael Wesch's Machines Are Using Us he shows the rapid pace the internet learns about the people who use it and it is starting to get out of control. He suggests the internet is un-monitored and is taking in so much data that it's impossible to monitor. The internet can be a dangerous place because on the internet there are no secrets. People should be more careful about what they do on the internet to gain more of their life back. Sadly the internet has taken over our lives so much that to shut it down would me riots in the streets, so that is out of the question. the internet is useful in more ways than it is not, it should stay around. It just has to be more highly monitored than it is currently.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Reflective blog post.

I believe this class has met most of my needs because I like that we learn outside of class as well as in class . It helps me to try to adopt an understanding of it first then have someone explain it to me in their way.
       I'd say algebra come somewhat naturally to me so this class is pretty easy.
       To help me be more successful as a student i really like applying math to real life situations so if we were to do more of that in class that would be nice.
      To be more successful my self I think if I worked harder on everything i do that would be good.
      My parents always support me in the best way they can so probably not.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


In Will Richardson's Footprints in the Digital Age” He shows that the marks we make on today's internet can affect people for the rest of their lives. In his article he stresses on the the fact that he wants his kids to have a good search reputation in the world and when his kid gets searched by an employer or future mate that they would find something reinforcing rather than not. He gives us reason to have a contact on a social media site weather we want to or not.

In Will Richardson's "Footprints in the Digital Age" he stresses on the importance to make a good impression on the world via the internet. He gives us example that have a very high probability of happening. This example isn't one of his but also has a very high probability rate. Getting hired as a manager at the new hotel in town can be hard, the interview went well enough to get the job. You are called the next morning with the verdict and you don't get the job. Why? The person on the other line says look up your name on "Google". What is found are pictures of you from last weekends party drunk as a sailor with no pants on. Wouldn't that suck to be so close yet so far from a dream job all because of that one photo. In Footprints in the Digital Age” by Will Richardson, he uncloaks the hard truth about what can happen if only one bad photo goes on the internet.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sloping Letters Puzzle


I has two line slopes of 0 and one undefined slope.

A has a positive slope and a negative slope and a slope of 0
M has two undefined slopes and a positive and a negative slope.

T has a undefined slope and a slope of 0
H has two undefined slopes and one slope of 0
E has 3 slopes of 0 and one undefined slope.

B has 3 slopes of 0 and 3 slopes that are undefined.
E has 3 slopes of 0 and one undefined slope.
S has 3 undefined slopes and 2 slopes of 0
T has a undefined slope and a slope of 0

Sunday, September 29, 2013

x and y intercepts

The X-intercept is where the line on a graph hits the (X,0). The Y-intercept is where the line on the graph hits the points (0,Y).
Example:   Y=2x+4  to find the Y intercept substitute a 0 in for X making the equation Y=2*0+4 or Y=4 meaning the Y-intercept is (0,4). For the X-intercept you have to substitute 0 in for the Y like this 0=2x+4 then you have to figure out what to multiply 2 by to cancel out the 4. in this case the x is 2, 0=2(2)+4 making the X-intercept (2,0).
To remember which is which just substitute 0 in for the one you aren't trying to find.   

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Graphing Story

     I walked two miles at a brisk pace of four miles per hour but then realized that I forgot my phone back at home so i ran back at a pace of seven miles per hour then jogged all the way to my friends house four miles away at a pace of 5.5 miles per hour.
      This graph matches my story because the initial increase shows me walking until I remembered my phone. The slightly steeper decrease shows increased speed towards my house. The even steeper increase shows that I ran at a faster pace for a longer period of time.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


In Blake Boles “ What Could You Do With $20,000” he gives options for people who either don’t know what they want to do with their life after high school or who don’t want to be things like professors, doctors, lawyers, or engineers. Mr. Boles states that you might end up over qualified and under employed, and in this situation, collage may have closed more doors than it has opened.  He suggests many thing that you could do, one example is, dedicating 4500 dollars to going somewhere new and staying there for six months. Near the end of his presentation he tell the purpose of doing all this stuff, “the power of self directed learning.” In the video “What Could You Do With $20,000” Blake Boles shows the power of self directed learning.

In the  video “What could you do with $20,000” Blake Boles shows the assets of self directed learning. He gives many thoughtful ideas on what you could do with $20000 or less. His ideas showcase the brilliance of waiting to go to college to gain life experience. Although, you would have to be a very driven person with lots of self control so that you wouldn’t be tempted to spend money on unnecessary wants. If someone did not have those traits then would Mr. Boles’s  plan break down? Did he consider what to do after your year of adventure? In Blakes Boles “What Could You DO With $20,000” he ponders the education of our generation.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Today's Price of Gas in Australia


      Okay you start with your value  so 1 AUS $ over 1 liter. multiply that by the exchange from 1 AM $ to 1 AUS $ which is 1.07 $ for 1 $. multiply the to then divide by the bottom. do the same with the next conversion.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


In the documentary produced by Lee Hirsch “Bully” she sheds light on the epidemic of bullying and what is happening as a result of bullying. In the beginning of the movie she shows the parents of a boy who had committed suicide as a result of bullying. The bullying had been a part of his school career for a long time and continued until his death at age 17. The bullying that occurs throughout the documentary varies between the different people. She shows snippets of a kid named Alex on the bus rides to and from school the kids are brutally mean not just physically but emotionally as well. In “Bully” by Lee Hirsch, she shows the importance to fight against bullying.  

In the documentary produced by Lee Hirsch “Bully” she gives a tone of distress for these children in the fact that they would move so far as to take their own life, one of the kids being only 11 when he took his own life as a result of bullying. There has to be something people can do to prevent tragedies like this from happening. Things have to be done by people in positions of power to make a difference. The friends of these kids speak up about the bullying but for anything to change someone with the ability to discipline has to do their job.  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

In Alison Gopnik’s “What’s Wrong With the Teenage Mind?”, she describes the weak points of the average teenage brain.  Ms. Gopnik states that adolescents begin puberty earlier and start adulthood later. She states that some of the mishaps that happen at adolescents are a result of emotional motivation. Reckless behavior is not because teens underestimate risks, but because they overestimate rewards. Gopnik explains that what teens want most of all are social rewards. She gave an example of this when she conducted a driving test and if the adolescent driver thought that a friend was watching then they would start driving more recklessly to show off or impress said friend. In Alison Gopnik’s “What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind?” she enlightens societies’ minds to the minds of adolescents.

In this article Alison Gopnik describes some of the weirdness that goes on in the teenage brain. Even though some of her topics are true like wanting to be at a higher social class and recklessness at times others are not like there are many teen that have jobs or are persistent at trying to get one. Social media can be a way to become higher on the social pyramid but it is also a way to do homework find the one for you to start a career for yourself. Teen feel pressure from everyone to make the right decisions, “make good friend choices.” is one that my parents frequently tell me. Many teens are looked at as irresponsible or lazy but that is not true although we can be at time most  of the time we are forced to deal with responsibilities that no one person should ever have to go through. Although there are many thing in this article that ring true, many require a perspective from the teen point of view.       

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In Doctor Michael Wesch's “A Vision Of Students Today” he classifies technology as a disfigured way of learning. He states that students use their computers or other technology for means other than learning when in a classroom environment. In the video “A Vision Of Students Today” the students give facts about their learning experience with  technology. Most of the students show statistics that don’t support technology.
Doctor Micheal Wesch disagrees with technology as a way of learning because it is supposedly a way of escape from the learning environment Although it can be, it is also helpful in many ways. Some of those ways are the ability to look up a word or definition. Technology can also be used for a way of getting in touch with a teacher when you are struggling in a subject. In Doctor Michael Wesch's "A Vision of Students Today" he state that technology is a broken way of learning but there is more potential for it than anyone can know.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Why Do I Read/Write/Think.

To me reading is like a movie in your hand if it’s a good book. Reading is an easy way to learn or be entertained. A lot of times reading helps me understand pictures or videos.
I believe we read to understand and communicate. For me I am able to somewhat understand different languages when I am able to read it.
When I read I make a movie in my head and if I don’t understand then I reread.
In reading it’s hard for me to stay focused on a piece of material when i don't find it interesting.
I know I am successful when i feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish a book.
My role is to understand the book how the writer meant it to be understood.

To me writing is like child abuse. So when I here writing it means pain and suffering to me but I hope to change that this year.
We write so we can  explain something to someone without being face to face.
When I write it helps me to think out what i’m going to write before I actually start writing.
When I get confused with a piece of writing I like to have someone proofread it.
When I write it is easy for me to get distracted.
I feel successful when my proofreader tells me it is a good piece of writing.
My role as a writer is to write to the best of my ability.

Thinking is what goes on in my head before I execute any task like reading or writing.
We think so that we don’t screw up more than once on any one thing.
When i think it’s like an in head bullet list.
I try to rethink if I get confused or sometimes I bounce some ideas off of people.
Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused when I am thinking really hard about a deep subject.
I am a successful thinker when i have made a decision.
My role is to make decisions.