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Modeling Data with Radical Functions

Ms. Philosoraptor | Normalcurvasaurus

I created this worksheet/problem for students to work on as an application of radical functions because I don’t like telling students the only reason they are learning a certain topic is that it will be on the test or they will need it in later mathematics courses.

This post is about a worksheet I created that deals with radical functions; specifically taking the square root of a function when you are given either the graph of a function or the function itself.  This topic can seem very abstract and so I wanted to create a worksheet with a topic that would appeal to students (Modeling a vehicle accident) that presents the concept of radical functions in a more concrete way.

Finding your distance traveled with speeds

Kaleb Allinson | To Accumulate a Rate — Integrate

It’s hard to hold my iPad and drive at the same time.

Sometimes you come across a project that you love to do with your class. If you come across a way to teach that concept differently that eliminates your project are you willing to let it go? In this post Kaleb considers whether or not to change up how he has students internalize Reimann sums and the idea of accumulating rates.

What Every First-Year Teacher Should Know

Pamela Rawson | rawsonmath

Today’s students have to learn different skills than what you learned when you were in high school.

A few words of advice from a seasoned veteran who has learned from her own mistakes. This is the advice I give myself at the beginning of every school year.

Bring Your Own Device

vanvleettv | Everything’s Rational

They love technology more than a southerner loves okra.

This post is about my district’s new Bring Your Own Device policy and my thoughts on it. There are also some different websites that you may or may not know that could be interesting to use in your classroom.

My favorite lesson to teach: slope intercept form

Anna (@Borschtwithanna) | Borscht With Anna

I love days when I feel like the students are running the classroom and I see intrinsic engagement.

Students are introduced to slope-intercept form through patterns of tiles and then see linear equations as models of motion over time. They see the parts of the equation y = mx + b as having meaning in patterns and motion and understand why graphs and tables of linear equations look the way they do.

NBI Week 2 — LaTeX Course Brainstorm

Andrew Knauft (@aknauft) | Limsoup

I want to invite students whose interests range from studying the origins of Okra to composing Hemmingway-esque Six-Word-Stories.

I’ve been spending a lot of my summer mulling through ideas for how to teach a course on LaTeX for undergraduates. By this time I hoped to have some course materials completed, but I’m still stuck brainstorming.

Taming the Homework Beast

Pam Rissmann | PPerfect Squares

I believe I was hiking, which I so desperately wanted to do more of, when I designed the “Homework Summary Sheet“.

My post outlines a sheet I use to track homework, bellwork, and student reflections and feedback.  I created it a few years ago when I was overwhelmed with my homework grading load. It has saved me a ton of time, and it provides a lot of insight on my students.

“When the Going Gets Tough…”

Wesley (@wp202) | Intervals of Convergence

Reflecting on past tough experiences in the classroom (and some good heartfelt prayer!) help me to focus on the positive, acknowledge the good I have done and will continue to do in the classroom, and, ultimately, refocus my attitude and perspective to where it needs to be.

My toughest times in the classroom are usually when I lose perspective of why I’m there and start focusing on the less important.  Reflecting on my past experiences, with their positive outcomes (or not), helps pick me up off the mat and refocus my attitude.

Functions from the start

Beth | in stillness the dancing

I plan to use these two activities during the first week!

Our first unit in freshman Algebra 1 is an introduction to functions.  I’ve posted two activities I plan to use in the first week.


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