I am happy and proud to say that my students finally finished their first project of the new school year! I re-visited an oldie, but goodie, an online “infographic” all about functions. We used http://edu.glogster.com, a website where students can make fun, interactive online posters that I have used for several projects in past classes.
Check out my Flickr gallery of this and last’s year’s best function infographic projects.
School has been back in session for only a month, and I already feel like I have a million things going on in my classroom! I am only teaching two classes in the fall semester- GEE Prep Math, a remediation course for students who struggle with math and need to pass the state test to graduate, and AP Calculus. I have been doing lots of hands-on activities with my GEE class using some great manipulatives I bought from EAI while at NCTM in San Diego last year. We started the year with every math student’s kryptonite–fractions. My motto is “fractions are our friends”, but I have yet to get many students to agree. Nevertheless, we used fraction pattern tiles to explore the meaning of fractions, and I think having the concrete examples really helped. In the photo above, you see students working with algebra tiles to express polynomial expressions. Although I sprung for the “quietshape” foam tiles from EAI, you can print your own and have the students cut them out. Check this link out for your own algebra tiles, and here is a place where you can get some activity ideas.
In my calculus class,we began with a review of Advanced Math and a project I have done before in Calculus—Function Family Trees. This year, since I have the model technology classroom, I had the students make a Glog (online poster) for their function families. Here is an example of their work:
Go to Glogster EDU to set up your own classes with this awesome tool! I can already see that this is going to be a super-busy year for me and my students. I love having the opportunity to teach AP Calculus again. It was great experience when I taught it the year before last. I now get the chance to revisit my tried and true strategies and refresh things with some new activities and projects. My GEE Prep class is a chance for me to really learn how to use data to move students forward. I have been crunching a lot of numbers trying to figure out what my kids’ strengths and weaknesses are. I have also been asked to do some additional small group tutoring with these students. I plan on using my data to provide targeted assistance in each student’s weakest areas. I will also track practice test scores to see if my efforts are working. My goal is to have a 100% passing rate for my students after they take my test prep course. Wish me luck! I wish you luck in the coming months, as well. Stay tuned for more!
There has been SO much going on.
First, I FINALLY finished my Master’s degree in December. YAAAAAY!!! Now that I have scratched that off my list, I can focus more on family and work.
I recently recieved a $10,000+ “Model Technology Classroom” grant which will result in way more tech tools for my students and I to use in class. An effect of my going from a technology magnet school to a large urban school has been the lack of readily-available technology tools for my students to use. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a Promethean board and access to many tech tools, but I came from a 1-to-1 laptop environment where every teacher had digital cameras, Flip cams, GPS, and other things. Here we have to share 10 sets of camera equipment among 150 teachers, for example. Getting this grant means I will have more tech stuff at my fingertips, and I am really excited about that!!!
In the meantime, I have been taking my financial math classes to the computer lab and library to get acquainted with my tech-rich teaching style. This week, we finished up a career project using Glogster. I did a lot of poster projects with my calculus and statistics classes last year, but Glogster seems like a great alternative , and the kids love it! Although I have known about it for a while, this is my first time using “Glogs” (virtual posters). I was really impressed with the students’ work! I hope you are, too. Click here for an example of an “virtual poster” created by one of my students. I enjoyed seeing the students get creative while getting the necessary information across, and I am looking forward to doing more projects like this in the future.