- I'm excited to have my students create mountain slope pictures. My cooperating teacher at the middle school level had his 8th graders do this before I got there. So, I only saw the end results. But, I loved them so much that I knew I had to file away the idea for the future. Give each student a sheet of graph paper. Instruct them to draw a mountain range. Students must then calculate the slope of each side of each mountain in the range. After calculating and labeling all the slopes, the students name their mountain range and color it.
- But, I'm definitely using this Alphabet Slope Activity to get in lots of practice.
- And, I've heard good things about the Slope Dude video on twitter.
- I want to modify my Slope Foldable to include a section on how to calculate slope from a table.
I can't wait to start graphing in College Algebra. We've spent the first nine weeks of school going over the review chapter in our textbook. Needless to say, this material was not review for these students. I had to teach almost every concept as if they had never seen it.
I can't wait for my Algebra 2 students to realize what an amazing resource our graphing calculators are. I taught my students how to find the zeroes of a function using the graphing calculator, and some of the students hated it. One student pleaded to be able to solve the quadratics by hand. I explained that we needed to learn how to solve them using the calculator since the end of year test will have higher order polynomials that we will not know how to solve by hand. I think one of the biggest problems my students are having is with the left bound / right bound prompts. They don't know the difference between left and right. I learned this by working with my Algebra 1 students. When we were solving equations and inequalities, I would often ask them what was left on the left side. Almost always, they would tell me what was left on the right side. They've gotten a lot better at it. I guess I've drilled left and right into their brains enough by now. My older students still need some left / right lessons, though.
I can't wait until I can find some time to delve into the book I recently ordered. It's called Inspiring Active Learning: A Complete Handbook for Today's Teachers. I came across this book while researching the boss / secretary concept. I have used it as well as the muddy to clear strategy. Both worked really well with my students, and I am excited to learn more strategies that I can put to use in my classes.