Back to Basics with IB Math Studies

Yesterday, my schedule was changed to replace one of my Advanced Math/ Pre-Calculus classes with my 1st International Baccalaureate (IB) course, Mathematical Studies. I have absolutely no knowledge or experience in teaching IB courses, so this is going to be a challenge for me and my students. I have heard “IB” used interchangeably with “AP” (Advanced Placement) as a college-preparatory curriculum for “advanced” students. However, from what I have seen so far, these are two very different curricula based on differing pedagogy. Continue reading Back to Basics with IB Math Studies

What is AP Stats really about?

How’s this for an explanation?
apstatswordcloud
Please visit wordle.net! I was told about this months ago, (Thanks Mrs. Kahn) but I did not think about using it until I saw one on CNN tonight after the President’s speech. This is an online tool where you can take a “bunch of “text” and turn it into a word cloud, an aesthetically pleasing arrangement of the most-used words in your document. The bigger the word, the more times it was included in the original text. I used it on the text of the AP course description, which I simply copied and pasted onto the applet to generate the awesomeness you see above. I could see this used as a tool to summarize just about anything. You, too, can enjoy the benefits…
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(of course, I did one for Calc too.)