What You Can Expect From Integrated Math 2A

I’m trying something new this trimester. I’m going to be using my website as a go-to place for resources and daily agendas, like I have tried in the past, but I’m also going to try to incorporate the blog part of the website. Right now the plan for the blog portion is a little rough, so it’ll be kind of growing as we go through the trimester, but I see it being a place for discussion, a place for you to put your thoughts about an idea, and a place for learning to happen. Sometimes I’ll have blog posts for you to read and respond to, like today, and other times there may be a video or picture but I want to try and give another option for you to share your ideas and let your voice be heard.

I also plan to add a page of additional resources for each unit. Those resources would include videos (not just Khan Academy) and other websites that might help you if you need a little extra instruction and you can’t get in to meet with me outside of class time. I wish I could say I would be able to talk to each and every one of you everyday in class, but sometimes that just isn’t the case!


In class, there will be times that we do work in groups or pairs and there will be times when you can work individually. In general, groups are usually your table groups but there will be times that I assign random groups and even a few times where I may allow you to choose your own groups.

You will also need to have a notebook or binder with paper for this class. When we take notes in class I expect you to use those as a resource to help you with assignments and to study for the test. If it is important enough for me to write on the board or put on a slide, then it is probably important enough for you to put in your notes.

Your performance grades that show up in PowerSchool will be standards based, so I believe it is important for you to know what those standards are before we start. (See list below for unit 1) Pay specific attention to the statements in blue!


  • Standard N.RN.1: Explain how the definition of the meaning of rational exponents follows from extending the properties of integer exponents to those values, allowing for a notation for radicals in terms of rational exponents.
    • I can explain the definition of a rational exponent.
    • I can extend the properties of integer exponents to rational exponents.
  • Standard N.RN.2: Rewrite expressions involving radicals and rational exponents using the properties of exponents.
    • I can apply the properties of radicals to rewrite radical expressions and expressions with rational exponents.
  • Standard A.APR.1: Understand that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers, namely, they are closed under the operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication; add, subtract, and multiply polynomials.
    • I can add polynomials.
    • I can subtract polynomials.
    • I can multiply polynomials.



Now, your assignment. In a comment below, tell me:

  1. What are you thoughts/feeling about using my website as a place for you to respond to blog posts/class discussions/videos/etc?
  2. Were there any words or phrases in my post that you don’t know or understand? What are they? (Be specific!)
  3. When you look at the list of topics that will be covered in unit 1, which ones do you feel like you might already know something about? What do know about those things?
  4. When you look at the list of topics that will be covered in unit 1, which ones do you feel are brand new ideas that you haven’t studied before?
  5. After reading this post, what are you most concerned about? Least concerned about?
  6. Do you have any questions for me? (About class or about me personally)

29 thoughts on “What You Can Expect From Integrated Math 2A

  1. Kayden Buffington says:

    1. I’m fine with it
    2. No
    3. I don’t know much but I am a fast learner
    4. Possibly polynomials
    5. I’m not concerned about anything
    6. Will we learn about any sinusoidal or logarithms?



    1. I think that it’s a good idea to use your blog to post things
    2. most of the stuff in the unit 1 grading section
    3. I feel like I don’t know any of the stuff but I might know them but not remember what they’re called or call them something else
    4. I think all or most of them
    5. I am most concerned about not understanding the concepts and then not getting good grades on my work and tests
    6. no


  3. Jacob S says:

    1. I don’t have any opinion abut it
    2. No
    3. Nothing I forgot most of math stuff
    4. Everything I forgot most of math stuff
    5. Nothing
    6. No


  4. Rocky R. says:

    1) I really do not know. 2) Polynomials. 3) Ration exponents and integer exponents. 4) Polynomials. 5) I’m least concerned about not having the ability to get a decent grad but I’m not sure how well i will take notes. 6) I have no questions thus far.


  5. Gage G. says:

    1. I think its a good and easy way to respond to blog posts
    2. Radicals and Rational exponents Polynomials
    3. For N.RN.2 I think I might know how to rewrite expressions
    4. A.APR.1 seems like a brand new idea to me
    5. I’m most concerned about if I will understand the A,APR.1 part. I’m least concerned about N.RN.1
    6. I dont have any questions



    I feel it is a good place to respond to videos because it is something new. I don’t know what a polynomial is. Rational exponents because that is the only thing I studied in math last year. Polynomials I feel I could learn more about. I am concerned about polynomials, and not concerned about rational exponents. I have no questions for you or about the class


  7. Jeremiah says:

    1. I don’t really care how we respond to things
    2. polynomials
    3. rationale exponents I know they cant be negative except in scientific notation
    4. polynomials
    5. nothing
    6.what are polynomials
    2nd hour


  8. Maddie A. says:

    2nd Hour Math
    1. I feel using this website will be good way to respond to blog posts and class discussions.
    2. Phrases I didn’t understand were “notation for radicals in terms of rational exponents” and “polynomials form a system analogous to the integers”.
    3. I don’t think I’ve learned a lot of the things listed above but we did cover exponents but I still might need to go over it again.
    4. Most of it appears like it will be new to me, and I don’t know if I know what radicals and rationals are.
    5. I’m concerned that it’ll be hard for me to understand and that I won’t get a good grade.
    6. I don’t have any questions, I just hope you’re a good teacher and I will learn a lot.


  9. Caitlin W says:

    2nd Hour:

    1. I think that having a blog post for students to put their responses is a good idea because it’s a way of getting students to communicate and discuss the assignments
    2. Polynomials, rational/integer exponents
    3. We did a unit last year on exponents but I think I need a quick refresher
    4. Adding, subtracting and multiplying polynomials
    5. I’m a little bit concerned about remembering things I’ve learned in the past because I haven’t had math for a long time but I’m not too worried about picking things back up
    6. I don’t have any questions right now, but I’ll let you know if I ever do.


  10. Zoe L. says:

    2nd Hour
    1. I think it’s a good idea but I think some people will have a hard time with it if the whole class can see it.
    2. Yes, polynomials, Standard N.RN.1, Standard N.RN.2, Standard A.APR.1.
    3. I think that I already know a little bit about rational exponents, which I think the phrase itself is sort of self-explanatory, exponents that make the number seem reasonable.
    4. I have never heard of polynomials so that is definitely going to be something new.
    5. Not really.


  11. Rivers S says:

    1. I think it is a good idea because we can discuss any assignment together.

    2.polynomials – an expression of more than two algebraic terms, especially the sum of several terms that contain different powers of the same variable
    analogous – comparable in certain respects, typically in a way that makes clearer the nature of the things compared.

    3. I kind of know about exponents. We learned about them last year.

    4.”Understand that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers, namely, they are closed under the operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication; add, subtract, and multiply polynomials.” I have no idea what this means

    5. I’m concerned about the whole Unit


    2ND HOUR


  12. Ethan L. says:

    1. I think it is a good idea because if we miss a day of school we know what we have to make up.
    2. I don’t know what Polynomials mean and what Analogous means.
    3. We learned about exponents a little bit last year but I kind of forgot.
    4. I don’t know what Polynomials is or what it means. and some of the properties of the exponents.
    5. I am concerned about most of the bottom half of the notes but I am least concerned with the first point because I learned some of it.
    6. No
    I am in 2nd hour


  13. Kayla Whitworth says:

    1. I’m more used to Classroom, but as long as you post the assignments and tell us how to easily get to them, the website should run smoothly.
    2. A lot of the math terms such as polynomials, analogous, etc
    3. Probably nothing, I don’t really recognize anything and struggled a lot last year.
    4. All of them
    5. I’m most concerned about failing this class because I don’t know if I’ll understand any of this.
    6. How am I going to be able to understand this?


  14. patrick says:

    Patrick McHugh
    1 I think that it is a good idea to have a central place for all your plans and assignments
    2 I think that everything makes sense
    3 I don’t understand any of this
    4 I don’t know what a rational or polynomial is so everything.
    5 I am concerned about the amount of new content we will be learning without review
    6 no


  15. Ashlyn Holt says:

    1) I’m a little hesitant about using the site because I won’t get notifications about assignments unlike google classroom does.
    2) I don’t know what a polynomial is, or anything else mentioned in unit one.
    3) Most of them sound familiar but I don’t remember what they are or how to do them.
    4) All of them?
    5) I don’t know anything about Unit one, and I’m concerned about not getting notified for new assignments.
    6) No questions


  16. JUSTIN JENSEN says:

    It’s a new experience curious to try. I don’t have any concerns. Nothing is really refreshed but I think I will get the hang of it. Everything is kinda new but once we start I might recognize them. I have no concerns. I have no questions.
    – Justin Jensen


  17. TUCKER CAIN says:

    1)I think it’s a good way to leave comments.
    2)Whats a polynomial?
    3)Some of them are kind of fuzzy but I think I’ll remember them once we start.
    4)Anything talking about polynomials.
    5)I think I’ll be ok with exponents but again I don’t know what polynomials are.


  18. Molly H says:

    2nd hour
    1. I’m pretty neutral about it, it could be a good idea
    2. I don’t know what a polynomial is, and I’m a bit confused about what is meant by rational and integer exponents.
    3. I have a pretty good idea of how exponents work, and how they are used in equations.
    4. I don’t know/remember what a lot of terms used, like polynomials and radicals, mean.
    5. I am most concerned that I’ll have trouble wrapping my head around complicated concepts, so I hope I can find a way to learn things in a simple way. I am least concerned about being able to practice things that I already know how to do.
    6. How much of the things we do in this class is “from the book”?


  19. Kayla S. says:

    Kayla S. Integrated Math 2, 2nd period
    1. I like the idea of having a place that you can go to at all times for information and to comment on things.
    2. I don’t really know much about rational exponents or what the heck polynomials are. I don’t think I remember what radicals are.
    3. I don’t know anything about any of these things. I need to touch up on a lot of the topics from last year.
    4. I don’t feel like I’m familiar to any of the topics that were listed for this unit.
    5. I’m most concerned of learning and understanding these topics. I hope the class isn’t too fast paced. I’m least concerned of getting the time to catch up on work though.
    6. I don’t have any question at the moment.



    1. I like this idea, as if you were to miss a day, it would make it easier to see what you missed. It is also an easy way to interact with the teacher and class mates.
    2. I don’t know what polynomials are and I have also never heard of system analogous.
    3.I feel like I know about rational exponents, I am not sure what I know but I think I have learned about them before and will remember more once we start talking about it.
    4. I think polynomials and system analogous are brand new topics.
    5. I am most concerned about adding, subtracting, and multiplying polynomials. I am least concerned about the definition of a rational exponent.
    6. I don’t have any questions that I can think of.


  21. Jacqueline Gonzalez says:

    1) I think that using your website as a place to respond to blog posts is a good idea. I’ve never done this before in other classes, and I think it’s a good way to have discussions because everyone is able to talk about their ideas.
    2) I think I understand everything.
    3) I’ve heard of rational exponents before, but I don’t remember what they are exactly.
    4) Something I haven’t learned before is what polynomials are.
    5) I’m not really concerned about anything. I’m a little cornered about learning about polynomials just because it’s something new.
    6) I don’t have any questions.


  22. Harper Snead says:

    I like to have it because it easy to access.
    I don’t know what polynomials are.
    I feel confident about exponents.
    I don’t know what a polynomial is.
    I am concerned whether or not you are going to teach from the book.
    I sometimes need more help learning new topics, are you good at explaining them.


  23. Rolando M. says:

    1. I think this website is an excellent resource to watch informational videos and to post comments about your opinion on subjects.
    2. Some words that I didn’t understand were polynomials and analogous.
    3. A topic that I think I already know something about is radicals and exponents. I also know about square roots. I know that the process of exponentiation includes a base and the exponent itself.
    4. A topic that is new to me is adding, subtracting, and multiplying polynomials.
    5. I am most concerned about not remembering topics that I have already covered in previous years. I am least concerned about learning new things that could potentially help me in my career.
    6. A question that I have is: Will we go over subjects and topics covered in previous years?


  24. Lennx B says:

    1. I like it because we will always be able to access the information needed
    2. I am do not know what a polynomial is.
    3. I know what exponents are however thats it.
    4. I have never studies polynomials that I know of so this will be a brand new idea.
    5. Im not very concerned about anything, Im least concerned about getting my work done
    6. On a scale from 1 – 10 how hard is this class.


  25. Maddy Tichota says:

    1. I think it is a good idea. It will be easier for students to work and understand concepts they are struggling with at home.
    2. Analogous
    3. I understand integer exponents. I know how exponents work and how to solve problems with exponents in them.
    4. Radical and rational exponents and polynomials.
    5. I’m most concerned about the polynomials and least concerned about the integers.
    6. No.


  26. BrookeW says:

    1) I like the idea of using this blog to respond to class discussions or videos or anything we do in class time.
    2) I understood everything you mentioned in your blog post.
    3) I might know a little about the Standard N.RN.1.
    4) All except the first one. I might have done them but not sure by just reading them
    5) I’m not that concerned about anything in this first unit because I think I can figure all of them out with your help.
    6) I have no questions that come to mind at this moment.


  27. Trinity Garcia says:

    1) I feel that it will be a very effective way to get things scheduled or assigned to the student. If I have a inquiry, I will use the blog as a source for help.
    2) No.
    3) I have a familiarity with rational exponents and their solving process. I know that rational exponents are used instead of a radical.
    4) I remember having covered all that is listed above.
    5) I am least concerned about falling behind. And if that happens- which I don’t mind the possibility just because I am open to making mistakes to improve myself- I am confident in myself that I’ll do my best and seek your help.
    6) Occasionally, I have orthodontist appointments and my mother has health problems that leave me with no choice but be absent. This, of course, is rare. Last trimester I only missed less than 2 days, so I don’t expect to not be present in class for long periods at a time. This asking if I will need to ask for any assignment beforehand or if there is another way that you follow with absentees?


  28. Unity M says:

    I think this is an amazing idea. There is nothing I don’t understand. I have a habiat to have to relearned it over and over again. These questions make complete sense.


  29. miguel says:

    1. i like it because it is convenient and simple to use
    2. no
    3. adding polynumerals
    4. rational exponents
    5. not knowing it and you being able to help me learn it
    6. not really


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