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May 21, 2013

Geometry
We have ended our semester with learning the very basics of trigonometry. Before we got to trigonometry, every time I would mention the word there was a groan from the class. Once we started to study trig, most of the students found that trig was not as bad as they thought; there were a few students who ended up actually liking trigonometry.

Algebra I
We ended the semester learning the finer points of exponents. We did not get to study factoring as I had hoped. However, the beauty of teaching at a school like Harmony, I can start there with the same students at the beginning of the fall semester.
Algebra II
I forwent teaching about conic sections at the end of the semester. I felt that our students would benefit more from a short lesson on probability and counting principles. This class is ready for pre-calculus in the fall and with an intro to probability and counting principles, they are ready for finite mathematics in college.
Pre-Calculus
We finished with the law of sines, the law of cosines, and trigonometric addition formulas a little early. Since I did not have enough time to start another chapter, I taught a little physics. We used our newfound knowledge of trigonometry to learning about ballistics.

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