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Welcome to Mr. MacFadyen's home page!

I teach Math!

Please see the subject folders, on your left, for the specific courses that I am teaching.  In each folder you will find related homework calendars, course outlines, links to my Moodle pages, and any other resources that will be useful to you in these courses. If you need to reach me you can email me at:

email : or phone: 403-272-8868 x 4578

Home Study Tips:

  1. Read the question carefully - sometimes it is easier to read the last statement of the question, then go back and read the question from the beginning. Feel free to underline key terms in the question.
  2. When you are creating a strategy to solve the question, ask yourself if there is a specific math skill that you need to use in your strategy.
  3. Apply your strategy to the problem to arrive at an answer. Be sure to include your process in your solution - with your process recorded you can see where you went wrong if your answer is wrong (learn from your mistakes !!). If your solution is correct, you have a great example of how to answer that type of question.
  4. Does the answer seem reasonable? If it does not try a different approach, ask a neighbour, go to extra math help and ask your teacher, ask your uncle Fred....ASK! Do not use 'giving up' as an option - its only Math, how bad can it be?
Sept 19/18:
Math 10C - Exponent Laws. Today we expanded, simplified, then evaluated exponent questions so that the application of exponent laws would make better sense. Assigned L1; # 8-18, L2; # 1-4.
Math 20-1- we looked at how to factor trinomials using algebra tiles as wellas algebraically. The diiference between factoring a PST vs a 3 trinomial where a=1 with tiles. Assigned L2; # 1, 2ac, 3ace, 4ace, 5, 6bcf, 7bdf, 8 - 11, 14 - 16.
CALM- want to know a dirty and disgusting job - ask your child.
Sept 18/18:
Math 10C - students wrote their first test today. No new HW assigned.
Math 20-1- we reviewed questions from last day's assignment and then looked over the Radicals test from Friday/Monday. We did an introductory exercise into factoring by decomposition. No new HW assigned.
CALM- course outlines were distributed - parents acknowledgement is required. We discussed rules of school today - students handed in their reflection forms regarding yesterday's speaker.
Sept 17/18:
Math 10C- there is a test on chapter 1 tomorrow. We discussed the concepts to be covered in class today and reviewed any contentious questions from Fridays' assigned questions. We began looking at the next chapter which is on Exponents. We briefly looked at the components of a power. Assigned L1; # 1 - 7 (ace only).
Math 20-1- We began the Factoring chapter; the first 4 methods of factoring (GCF, difference of squares, inspection and grouping). Tomorrow we will look at decomposition. tudents were also allowed 20 extra minutes to complete their tests from Friday. Assigned L1; #2, 3acegik, 4ace, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12.
CALM- speaker; Kim. Topic: suicide prevention. Students have a reflection form to complete. Interesting discussions and information was provided on a very sensitive topic. Excellent class participation - well done!.
Sept 14/18:
Math 10C - we reviewed the questions from L7. Assigned the Practice Test. Chapter test on Tuesday.
Math 20-1: students wrote a chapter test today. No new HW.
CALM: last day to complete the HCS 3000.
Sept 13/18:
Math 10C: there will be a test on Chapter 1 on Tuesday. Today we discussed working with radicals that contain variables. Assigned L7; # 1aceh, 2cdh, 7, 8g - l, 9, 10d - l
Math 20-1: the people have spoken; there will be a chapter test tomorrow. Today, we reviewed problems and I assigned L6; Practice Test.
CALM: HCS 3000 - tomorrow is our deadline to complete the online course. Many of the students who are finished are using class to do other work.
Sept 12/18:
Math 10C: we worked on converting entire and mixed radicals with an emphasis on simplifying a radical. These concepts are foundational. Assigned L6; #3, 4, 7, 10, 14
Math 20-1: division with binomials. Use of the conjugate in order to rationalize the denominator. We discussed some vocabulary issues as well. Assigned L5; # 2 - 4(ac), 5bc, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12.
CALM: continue with online course HCS 3000 - the deadline for completion is Friday, Sept 14.
Sept 11/18:
Math 10C: discussed radicals (the meaning of the notation and simplifying). Assigned L5; ALL - THIS LESSON REQUIRES A DEGREE OF MASTERY
Math 20-1: we looked at division with monomial divisors - there is some element of decision making on this topic. Assigned L4; #3ace, 4ace, 5acegik, 7ac, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16
CALM: HCS 3000 - the suffering continues.
Sept 10/18:
Math 10C - we continued our numeracy discussions and went back to look at LCM's and did our current lesson on estimating the value of radicals and absolute values. Assigned L4; # 4 - 7, 10, 12, 17.
Math 20-1: Rules for multiplying radicals - discussed when to simplify (sometimes its best to simplify first, then multiply). Assigned L3; # 4df, 7ace, 8b, 9cd, 10d, 11ac, 14, 16, 17.
CALM: we will continue with the on line HCS3000 course until Monday Sept 17. Any student who has not completed the course by then will be asked to join me for lunch/FLT/ or after school until they complete the course.
Sept 7/18:
Math 10C - classifying and convert rationals and irrationals algebraically. Assigned L3; #1 - 3, 7, 8, 12
Math 20-1 - adding/subtracting radicals. Assigned L2; # 3ace, 5, 6b, 7, 12, 13
CALM - continue to work on HCS3000.
Sept 6/18:
Math 10C: discussion regarding prime factorization and how to use it to find GCF's. Assign L2; # 3ace, 4ab
Math 20-1: discussion regarding entire/mixed radicals - indices of 2, 3 and 4 were used. Assigned L1; # 6acrg, 7, 10ace, 14, 15.
CALM: began (slooooowly) work on getting everyone set to begin HCS3000 (workplace safety online course). No HW assigned.
Sept 5/18:
Math 10C - discussed problem with prime factorization (divisibility rules help). Assigned L1; # 1-3, 8, 9, 11, 14-16
Math 20-1 - workbooks handed out. First discussion on Radicals - simplification of square/cube roots. No HW assigned.
CALM - discussion regarding Work Experience program (WE) - all students registered for HCS 3000 on line course. Intelligences questionnaire assigned.
Sept 4/18:
Math 10C- Discussed the history of numbers, prime/composite numbers and prime factorinzation. Assigned P. 3; CE#5, 6
CALM -Quick inventory on what helps students be at their best.  Permission Forms to be handed out on Monday.
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