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Topic: Module 1's are out!
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Leslie Tanner

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Re: Module 1's are out!
Posted: Jul 29, 2013 9:16 PM
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At the NY State Math Teacher's Summer Conference there was an advertiser there that is already planning to print and sell the modules. The link is

Hope it helps.

Leslie Tanner

>>> "Ryley, David" <> 07/29/13 4:01 PM >>>

In reading through Module 1 for Algebra, a few questions/thoughts come to mind.
** Our district is considering sending the modules out to be printed and bound and used as teacher's manuals. Is anyone else doing this? If so, is each module its own "book"? Module 1 is 339 pages so all 5 put together must be in excess of 1600 pages.

** The pages still say "Pending FInal Editorial Review." Is the final version on track to be unveiled by 8/1? Aren't all 5 complete modules supposed to be done by then as well? Will these other four modules be posted as drafts first, or as completed documents?

** Does NYS have any plans to bundle all the students' classwork and homework problems as one PDF per course? That would make things very easy to bind these problems up into a nice tidy workbook. As it is now, the student problems are put on the same page with teacher directions, and the answers are already under the problems.

**Is EngageNY going to be password protected? As of now, it would appear a student could go on and read the entire lesson, and homework problems with answers before even getting to class. The assessments are also readily accessible to all.

Any insight into these items is GREATLY appreciated.

Dave Ryley
Beacon HS
Beacon, NY

On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM, CCSSIMath <> wrote:

We can't figure out which standards Lesson 1 aligns to. F-IF.7b is the only standard that explicitly mentions piecewise functions, but it's in a different place in the sequence and isn't mentioned in the module. Are they saying a piecewise linear function derives from A-CED.1's "Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions"? Even along with A-CED.2's "Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities", that's an interpretive stretch. Will PARCC interpret the same way?

Not that there's anything inherently wrong with piecewise linear functions; in fact, it's a great topic with great possibilities.

In fact, our biggest objection is that piecewise linear functions is presented as a one day topic, not to be studied again. Do we read the module right?

If so, this lesson and its one basic scenario (stairs/ladders) perpetuates the "mile wide, inch deep" problem in curricula. There's a lot more interesting stuff that can be done with piecewise linear functions. Here's a sampling of problems that takes piecewise linear functions and goes progressively deeper:

Not that Common Core allows a week to go deep on a single topic, but that's one of our ongoing laments.
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