Archive: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Guest Blogger! The Scoop on Math And College Admissions

I asked Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions at George Mason University, to break down how colleges weigh math performance in the overall admissions package. Here's what he said: "As an admissions officer, I love hearing about all the SECRET WAYS...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 14, 2008; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (7)

Review, More Review, Some Algebra II

We started a unit today on factoring in my Algebra II class, and we spent the morning learning to add, subtract and multiply polynomials. "Who remembers from Algebra I, what you can do when you have a binomial times a...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 13, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (2)

Home-Made Rating Systems

The Washington Post released a new "top passer" ratings system for high school quarterbacks today. The formula (click here to see the graphic that explains it) is fairly complex, involving touchdowns per attempt, interceptions per attempt, a modified touchdown-to-interception ratio,...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 12, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (8)

My First Parent Conference

Fairfax High held a giant parent conference this morning. Classes started two hours late, and hundreds of parents reported early to the Field House where teachers sat shoulder to shoulder at cafeteria tables. My parents live out of state, of...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 11, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

From China to Harvard

Global competition is not just for the workplace any more. It's coming home to America's premier colleges. So says Boston Globe reporter Tracy Jan, who wrote this weekend about a math contest in Beijing that attracted recruiters from Harvard, Stanford,...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 10, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

 
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