Preinternship Reflection #1

During my preinternship I taught a Pre-Calculus 20 mathematics class in the last period of the day. The class has 33 students enrolled, and students were antsy for the bell to signal the end of the school day at times. Students had to sit through 3 days of note taking to go over content prior to this lesson, so I wanted to engage their learning through a different approach.

To do so, I searched for domain and range activities on Google and found this post by John Scammell. The post has a detailed description of how he did the activities and includes files for other teachers to use and adapt, which is what I did for this lesson. John is also the creator of WNCP Orchestrated Experiences for High School Math, an online resource for mathematics teachers to find and share activities “linked to the WNCP High School Math Curriculum, which suggests that teachers should ‘orchestrate the experiences’ from which students extract meaning.” I was happen to find this resource as it has activities based on outcomes that are related to the Saskatchewan curriculum.

Since there were so many students and the activities could get pretty loud, my preinternship partner and I divided and taught to half of the class in different rooms. The students responded well to these activities and were appreciative that we were doing something new. It was an interactive way for students to develop their understanding of quadratic functions in vertex form.

You can find lesson plan by clicking the following link:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ae0lAT9tBCE7tr6kcNNRkwfgKSJXmaqyDPNeDBbCxig/edit?usp=sharing

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About Adam Brock

My name is Adam Brock and I am a third year student at the University of Regina! I am currently in the Secondary Education Program, with plans to major in Mathematics and minor in Outdoor and Physical Education. I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and look forward to travelling after my years at the U of R.

Posted on April 13, 2015, in Education Core Studies (ECS) 350, Lesson Plans, Pre-Calculus 20, Teacher Resources, Topics Of Interest and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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