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Maths Functions Portfolio

Oct-Dec 2016
Individual Goals
From your conference with Dr Cate, identify all of your individual goals relevant to maths.
Reflect on each in the table below and set some new goals for this coming unit of work.
Initial goal

How did you attempt to
achieve this goal? Were you
successful?

For the next maths unit,
how might you revise this
goal? What is your strategy
for achieving it?

Focus on Extensions - POW

Yes, I was able to achieve this I did meet this goal this week.
goal.
The way I did this was by
managing my time to be able
to to focus on making a
different variation of the
broken eggs problem. The
strategy I have to complete
this goal is to make time to
focus on my extensions.

Leadership roles - Group

Yes, I was also able to
achieve this goal.

I took the leadership role in
my Spaceflight project. I split
the workload so each of us
did our did our parts. I want
to improve in a leadership
position by seeing how others
are leaders facilitate and split
workload evenly.

Do at least one challenge
Physics

I was slightly able to achieve
this goal.

I was slightly able to achieve
this. The reason why is
because even though my
partner split the work between
the both of them I ended up
doing most of the work. The
way I want to improve is very
similar to my first goal,
manage my time to create a
great product that includes a
challenge.

Revised Goal List for this unit of work:
1. Focus on Extensions in POW’s
2. Step into leadership roles.
3. Physics challenge option
Mathematical Concepts and weekly growth
Each week, reflect on your maths work, skills as a collaborator and one or more of your
individual goals. Provide evidence of your growth and plans for the coming week
Week 1:
Mathematical Skill - what
did you learn or work on this
week?

Evidence of your growth and understanding. Think about
habits of mathematicians you used!

Inside Out - In this problem

The way I had understood my inside out was by taking my
previous understanding and applying it to the work sheet. I the
part I found the most challenging was the D and E. I didn’t
understand how the faces connected to the out numbers, but I
realized if you multiply the number of eyes by 4 then minus 1
you get the out. The habits that I used when doing this
worksheet was being systemic and conjecture and test. The way
I was systemic was combined with my conjecture and test, I
tested different functions for the patterns and changed the
different numbers to find equations that fit.

Group collaboration and
Evidence of your growth. What do you want to try this
participation - what
week?
collaboration or participation
skills did you try this week?
This week I collaborated
well. I had participated in
class and worked with my
table group very well.

This week I worked very hard on the space flight with my
partner. She didn’t really help me with the content parts of our
proposal but the research helped me a lot with writing the parts
four and five. If I had been more clear on deadlines it would
make my leadership abilities better. This week I wanted to try
challenging myself in physics.

Individual goals - which
Evidence of your growth and plans for next week
individual goal did you make
progress in this week?
My goal for next week is to
better my leadership roles.

The reason why I would like to grow in my leadership role is
because I didn’t work well with my partner during the Space
Frontier project and I want to change that for my coding
project. My goal for next week is to work on leadership roles
because I feel as if I wasn’t the best leader I could be and

would like to improve. I also want to work on staying
organized because I feel as if I could improve on keeping all
my work in order.

Week 2:
Mathematical Skill - what
did you learn or work on this
week?

Evidence of your growth and understanding. Think about
habits of mathematicians you used!

POW 1-2-3-4 - in this
problem I learned how to
manipulate different
functions and operations to
see how flexible numbers
are.

In my problem of the week 1-2-3-4 I enhanced my educated
guessing skills. The part I found most challenging was making
very educated guesses to create a compilation of different
equations. I think this is my favorite POW that we have done
because there was so many different equations to find each
number and depending on the perspective each person had
most answers were different. In this problem I used the habits
conjecture and test and be systematic. The way I used these two
habits was by making educated guesses to find different
functions and changing the operations so they can apply to
different numbers.

Group collaboration and
Evidence of your growth. What do you want to try this
participation - what
week?
collaboration or participation
skills did you try this week?
Marcella’s Bagels - In this
problem I learned how to
take a story and find/create
functions.

This week I participated very well in class, I asked questions,
participated in class discussions and work well in my table
group. In my table group I worked on sharing ideas and
collaborated in working on the marcella’s bagels. This week I
wanted to improve on being organized and a better leader. As
you can see my marcella’s bagels sheet is very organized and
my leadership skills have improved.

Individual goals - which
Evidence of your growth and plans for next week
individual goal did you make
progress in this week?

Focus on extensions

The way I grew in working on my marcella’s bagels extensions
was when Dr. Cate explained how simplifying the (2(x+2))
+(2(x+2))+(2(x+2)) to 8x+28 is how to get the correct function.
My plan for next week is to continue to work on my
collaboration skills. I would like to work on my leadership
roles because I want to redeem myself from last week. I would
like to work on my collaborate and listen because in my scratch
group I have a great partner and we can put our ideas into
something amazing.

Week 3:
Mathematical Skill - what
did you learn or work on this
week?

Evidence of your growth and understanding. Think about
habits of mathematicians you used!

Adding it up - In this
problem we learned how to
use summation notation

This week I focused on completing my scratch program but
was still able to learn about sigmas and finding different
functions. A sigma is a math function that tells the audience to
add the numbers up till the top number. If you get the sigma

& Pulling out rules - in this
problem we practiced
finding different patterns.

You would add 2+3+4... until you get to the number 6.
I found the most challenging part was figuring part c out. I
didn’t see a pattern when looking at the consecutive numbers
but after getting help I was able to see the answer is 3x-1. In
this worksheet I used the habits generalize and stay organized.
The way I used generalize was when trying to find a function
for 2c, it was challenging to find a pattern that would apply to
each number but by keeping all my work organized I was able
to find an answer. In pulling out rules I improved my skill of
finding patterns. The part where I was the most challenged was
when we had to find multiple ways to get the in and out tables.
This was challenging because I couldn’t think of any that didn’t
end in the same equation.

Group collaboration and
Evidence of your growth. What do you want to try this
participation - what
week?
collaboration or participation
skills did you try this week?
Scratch Program

This week I worked very well with my scratch program partner.
We both put lots of effort into coding and making our game the
best it can be. I think that thing that made our collaboration
great was how close the both of us are. This was used to our
advantage because we know how we work so well it helped us
see each others visions. This week I accomplished my goal of
working well with my partner and we created a beautiful and
praiseworthy product.

Individual goals - which
Evidence of your growth and plans for next week
individual goal did you make
progress in this week?
I made progress in my
leadership role.

I made progress with my leadership role because when working
on my scratch program. We set specific verbal goals of when to
finish each background and coding part. It helped me to see
how even in pairs two people can be great leaders. I want to
challenge myself to grow in a physics work. I want to work on
is taking apart and putting together because I didn’t quite
understand how to find multiple ways to get to each in and out
table and if I work on taking apart and putting together I will
have a better understanding of it.

Week 4:
Mathematical Skill - what
did you learn or work on this
week?

Evidence of your growth and understanding. Think about
habits of mathematicians you used!

Family Constraints - In
family constraints we
worked on functions and
how to transform slopeintercept into standard or
point-slope

This week I was able to work through all these problem and
understand them. For the Family constraints problem I didn’t
understand how to get the slope-intercept linear function,
looking back at it what happened was I saw the equation and
knew c equaled 10 but didn’t think simplifying would give a
linear equation. I later came to understand simplifying C+
(C+20)+(C+40)=90 to 3c+60=60 was the same during the
group share out. The habits I used in this problem were taking
apart and putting together and collaborate and listen. The way I
used taking apart and putting together was when trying to find
different ages of the people in the family, I collaborated and
listened to my group members and saw their perspective of

how the problem worked.
Group collaboration and
Evidence of your growth. What do you want to try this
participation - what
week?
collaboration or participation
skills did you try this week?
Border problem- In this
problem we went over
arithmetic and thinking of
different ways to come up
with solutions.

In this problem my group and I worked very well taking each
other’s ideas, checking them, and seeing whether each other’s
functions/equations work. I think the best part of this group
was how we would work alone for a few minutes to collect all
of our thoughts after the teacher says to start talking in the
group so we all have a good understanding. I think I definitely
grew this week because I learned to listen more to my group
and see how others lead instead of me taking over. This showed
me that being patient with peers instead of rushing them, this
helps the individual have more think time to create more in
depth work. This week I wanted to work on taking apart and
putting together and was able to achieve that when working on
the border and family constraints problem.

Individual goals - which
Evidence of your growth and plans for next week
individual goal did you make
progress in this week?
The goal that I grew in this
week was doing a challenge
option for physics.

I grew in this goal because though I didn’t create the circuit
then I had planned the breadboard out to create the blacklight
we will use in our escape room. I will also create this next
week. I want to work on collaborate and listen because of the
time my group work by themselves and I would like to make it
so all of us work together as a whole.

Week 5:
Mathematical Skill - what
did you learn or work on this
week?

Evidence of your growth and understanding. Think about
habits of mathematicians you used!

Something that I improved
on this week was how to
make different connects.

The way I grew this week was when reviewing the different
math concepts. I learned how to connect the problem sets to
other ones we have done. This helped me get a better
understanding of each problem. The habits I had used this week
were collaborate and listen and describe and articulate. I used
collaboration when working with my group to be able to
understand the way they got the solution to family constraints. I
was able to describe and articulate when explaining what
connections each problem relates to.

Group collaboration and
Evidence of your growth. What do you want to try this
participation - what
week?
collaboration or participation
skills did you try this week?
Problem Presentation and
Exhibition prep

I grew this week in working on exhibition prep because in this
very hectic time I was still able to work well with my table and
exhibition group. I grew in my leadership roles when splitting
the presentation workload into four. Each of my table members
took one part and created a script to help the class understand
the family constraints problem well. I have collaborated and
listened with my group very well and created a great black light
we will use in our escape room.

Individual goals - which
Evidence of your growth and plans for next week
individual goal did you make
progress in this week?
I grew in my leadership role

As I said in the previous box I was able to split the workload
equally and make sure all of my group members had something
to do during the whole period. Next week I want to work on
my leadership skills as well because I am the leader of my
group and I hope to get my whole group to work together and
create a great escape room.

Summary of understanding
Look at Edmodo and calculate the percentage of submitted assignments: 100%

Look at Powerschool and find out the proportion of your assignments with an A, B, C, D or F
grade. Complete this table:
Grade

Number of assignments
A

All assignments

B

None

C

None

D

None

F

None

Summary of understanding. (If someone outside the school asked you to explain what you
learned during this unit and how it is relevant to your life, what would you say? Think about the
progression of concepts from start to finish and think about what new things you would like to
learn and why.)
If someone comes from outside of school and asked me to explain functions and patterns
I would say “Patterns work in everyday life but it isn’t analyzed, in this unit I learned how to
look at everyday situations and find patterns that could be graphed and turned into functions.
This will help me because if something happens multiple time I am able to find a pattern and
function to predict an action will happen. Something I would like to learn about is shapes and
Grade Justification. (Looking back over all of your work during this unit, suggest a grade that
you think you deserve and provide justification for that grade. Explain how you have grown as a
mathematician and in your effort to achieve goals. Remember that a higher grade is justified by
growth not final proficiency. For example, even if you understood all of the mathematical
concepts, but you didn’t challenge yourself in your group work or to achieve your goals, your
grade would not be as high.)
What grade do you think you deserve for this unit?: A
Provide a justification for your grade:
In this unit I think I deserve an A because I have pushed myself to think in different ways
and challenged myself to work outside my comfort zone. In this unit I had to think about how to
get a specific answer using different solutions in the border problem, this was challenging for me
because once I find a way that works I don’t usually think of different ways to get to the answer.
This taught me that there isn’t just one way to get to the correct solution, that though many
people think in different ways you can get the same answer. I have worked on all of my goals set
in the beginning of the unit and achieved them; I have obtained a great understanding of how
patterns related to real life and how to manipulate them to see things in different perspective. I
have worked on thinking out of the box my mind is in, I have grown in being a leader, and
challenged myself to be able to work circuits and coding which I never thought I could succeed

in. I deserve an A because I have worked my hardest to completely understand functions and
patterns