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Schedule: Oakland

◊  This is a tentative schedule, based on my best estimate of how long things take. Topics may move or vanish.
◊  Because of the cumulative nature of some of the work, it is important to attend everything.
◊  We will start on time every day.
◊  Mini-breakfast: 8:30 a.m. School day: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday

Morning:

Polyomino Perimeter: a discovery lesson connected to many algebra topics 

Welcome and Introductions

Stairs and Slope: geoboard, electronic graphing

Afternoon:

Interpreting Graphs: "real world" connections of slope, intercept, linear vs. non-linear cases

Lab Gear 1: introduction to algebra manipulatives, the area model


Tuesday

Morning:

Pattern Block Trains: discovery lesson, geometric context for slope-intercept  

Lab Gear 2:  perimeter, combining like terms; factoring, identities

Afternoon:

Square Roots on the Geoboard: geometry of simplifying radicals, Pythagorean connection 

Lab Gear 3: equations, arithmetic, functions


Wednesday

Morning:

Function Diagrams: parallel axes representation of functions, focus on linear functions 

Parabolas and Quadratics: in-depth analysis at an Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and teacher levels 

Afternoon:

The McNuggets problem: a rich number-based problem

Lab Gear 4: miscellaneous advanced topics, completing the square


Thursday

Morning:

Constant Sums, Constant Products: a non-traditional approach to traditional topics

New Paths to the Quadratic Formula: two graphical approaches

Afternoon:

Lab Gear 5:  loose ends, connections to graphing, review / overview  

Wrap-up and closing: evaluation, reflection, implementation