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Based on the College and Career Readiness Standards in Action- 25% of higher level math instruction should be spent on Algebra and Functions. This includes Interpreting quadratic equations, using their structure to rewrite them in equivalent forms which serve a purpose. Also creating and solving quadratic equations to solve problems, both algebraically and graphically. They are to be able to re-arrange formulas involving quadratics and highligh specific quantities. (Guide to Effectively Managing Higher-Level Content Standards in Mathematics.)The amount of OER material available to assist instruction in higher level EFL math for adults is numerous, but searching for it often gets one tangled in the pedigogical instruction, with simplistic "real-life" examples, whereas adults with REAL "real-life" experience can appreciate the topics applied to broader world examples. This curriculum guide will give suggestions  for pre-lesson activities to stimulate prior knowledge, walk you through a lesson example, and hopefully whet your appetite for using OER's in your regular instruction. 
Applied Science, Algebra, Functions, Measurement and Data
Community College / Lower Division
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Mary Mullen on Jun 08, 12:46pm

There are several typos and sentence structure errors throughout the author's narrative that make it difficult to interpret.

Heidi Schuler-Jones
on Jun 05, 10:15pm Evaluation

CCSS.Math.Content.HSA-REI.B.4b: Strong (2)

The resources in this curriculum guide cover a variety of math content, some of which are in this standard. However, some of the content for this standard is not sufficiently addressed to render it a superior rating.

Heidi Schuler-Jones
on Jun 05, 10:15pm Evaluation

Opportunities for Deeper Learning: Strong (2)

Several of the resources in this guide contain two or more deeper learning skills. The main reason for rating it as a 2 is that some of the materials still could use some stronger directions and appropriate scaffolding for adult education students and teachers.

Heidi Schuler-Jones
on Jun 05, 10:15pm Evaluation

Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises: Superior (3)

There are several resources in this guide that invite students to explore and examine real-world scenarios before solving the math. The traditional procedural work also can be found in the "Elementary Algebra" book.

Heidi Schuler-Jones
on Jun 05, 10:15pm Evaluation

Quality of Technological Interactivity: Superior (3)

The "Quadratic Function Explorer" is a wonderful interactive resource for students to explore what happens when the values for the three coefficients are adjusted. It's very easy to use simply by trial and error to get students noticing and wondering, and the "Things to Try" below the interactive offer some additional ideas for students to try out with the simulator.

Heidi Schuler-Jones
on Jun 05, 10:15pm Evaluation

Quality of Assessments: Not Applicable (N/A)

There were no specific assessments used in this guide; however, some informal "readiness quizzes" are available in the "Elementary Algebra" book provided.

Heidi Schuler-Jones
on Jun 05, 10:15pm Evaluation

Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching: Limited (1)

More guidance or instruction on how to use the various OER in this guide is needed for a teacher to best utilize the materials in the suggested format. For example, the "Elementary Algebra" book introduced as a resource for a flipped classroom suggests reviewing chapter 2 as a means of introducing students to what will be covered in the class. Chapter 2 focuses on linear equations and inequalities, yet the core standard addressed is quadratic. Quadratics are discussed in chapter 10.

Heidi Schuler-Jones
on Jun 05, 10:15pm Evaluation

Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter: Limited (1)

There are wonderful resources in this guide; however, more detail about how to use them is needed. For example, the "Art of Problem Solving" has 13 chapters of videos. Some guidance and specific placement of when to use what chapters in the instruction would be helpful and make this resource less daunting to students and teachers.

Lyn Warne on Jun 05, 08:08pm

This resource provides an excellent continuum of learning activities focused on building an understanding of quadratic equations, by providing good explanations for instructors,. Suggestion to instructors - any gaps can easily be filled with a quick online search for specific elements of the topic. The final suggested exercise of Paper rockets is exceptional for real-world application.



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