180 – Day 39

We’ve almost made it to the end of term one, meaning half way through my classes for this semester. We’re on a modified block schedule and students finish their courses in 20 weeks. I wouldn’t say we get through half a year’s material exactly, but that’s supposed to be the idea. This all means that Thursday and Friday were the last instructional days for Calculus until after exams! Yeah! Or so they think. We get to finally use the derivatives for some application problems! The fun thing about these applications is they involve more algebra than calculus, and it totally messes with the students! They actually have to think about which equation to use for each part and why. I tried to help with this in the notes by highlighting algebra questions with one color and calculus questions with another. Color with purpose!

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180 – Day 37

It took a few days, but I figured out how to get some exponential and logarithmic applications into my Interactive Notebook in Honors Precalculus without having to use super small font. I used a “flip book” and a different type of problem on each page. My students are so good this semester though, I barely had to explain any of these problems. Yesterday, we worked through some of them together, but I also had them work on some on their own or in groups. Once they determined the different type of equation expected of them, the solving was a piece of cake. We shall see on the test tomorrow.


And thanks to Bowman in Arabia…I’m utilizing Emotional Intelligences in my classroom! I’m going to have to find a way to get these to be even bigger though! And yes, for some reason, I have a globe in my room. It’s always been there, has many countries on there that do not exist today! Why do we keep some things?!


180 – Day 16

Yes! Balfor had a rep at our school today to sell our sophomores, juniors and seniors some stuff, our principals pulled the kids out of 1st and 2nd hours depending on their grade, and I did not lose a single kid! No, I do not have all freshmen…seniors first hour, and they were called out during second! That almost never happens! I usually lose half of my class, making it difficult to plan around that.

So there was time to take a Limits by graphing and making tables quiz today in Calculus (why are they still such poor decision makers?! Oh yeah, they’re teenagers!). And we finished our limits flip book that we started yesterday. Here are a couple of more pictures:

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I saw some students referring back to their notebook today as we worked on a practice worksheet in class. They were even turning back a few more pages to look up how to factor something! Very exciting!!

In Honors Precalculus we did a synthetic division scavenger hunt I found on Mrs. Cook’s blog. The kids had fun, and completed the division quickly…which is good because that’s just the first step in graphing any polynomial, the goal for our chapter. I did my best at making a note sheet to put into their INB, one which contains the big ideas of completely factoring any polynomial. It was a tight squeeze, and we will definitely have to do some examples and practice on a separate paper, but here is the file if you want to take a look. More pictures of that to come as we work on it a little more this week.