# A Great Math Teacher According to Students The pressure’s on!

Thanks to @jaz_math for the Day 1 Silent Conversation idea. The PreFreshman Seminar students had amazing ideas on how to be a great Math teacher including content knowledge, attitude and leadership.

Students appreciate teachers who care, who know the material and can impart that knowledge. Hope I can live up to some if not most of these suggestions.

# Get the Math and the Points! CC Alg I Jan 2019 #3  Rational means that the number can be written as exact number or with a repeating decimal. Which of the above is either a terminating or repeating decimal?

# Best Wishes to Regents Exam Takers

Dear New York High Schoolers,
Best on your Regents exams this week.
Make sure you get to school early and eat a good breakfast!
Do not leave early: Spend all the allotted time (3 hours  — unless your IEP is for more time)
Eat a good breakfast
Go over the entire exam after you finish and check your work
Sincerely, # Get the Math and the Points Aug 18 CC Algebra I Regents #30 The left hand side of the equation is almost a perfect square:
In order for it to be a perfect square:  x^2 + 4x + ____ = 2 + ____
To find the number that completes the square take 1/2 of 4 and square it
So 4 gets added to both sides
Then the right side becomes 6
Then we can write the left side like this: (x + 2) ^2
So (x + 2)^2 = 6
then take the sqrt of both sides but do not forget the +/- with the sqrt
Then subtract 2 from both sides:
You will have two answers a plus and a minus and you can check your work by using the quadratic formula 🙂

# Get the Math and the Points Aug 2018 CC Alg I Regents #28  To solve a quadratic equation ax^2 + bx + c = 0, wecan use the quadratic formula above given on the Regents Reference Sheet.

In order to find out if a solution is rational or irrational, we focus on the algebra under the radical: b^2 – 4ac: If b^2 – 4ac is a perfect square, then when we take the square root, we will get a rational number but if b^2 – 4ac is not a perfect square (like 4, 9, 16 etc), then the solution will be irrational.

In the equation 2x^2 + 3x – 10 =0, a=2, b=3 and c = -10
Once you substitute in those numbers into b^2 – 4ac, do you get a perfect square or not?