In my quest to make my math classes more engaging, I'm trying to do at least one exploratory activity every week in every class. Hopefully, my entire class will be a bunch of neat tasks and projects but that will take time. Here's a taste of what we've done in the last week or so.
Creating patterns with pennies and generalizing to equations - Algebra 1
Measuring and maximizing speed with dominos - Physics
Trying to find how many cars can fit in a parking garage - Algebra 1
Using pennies to talk model inverse variation - Algebra 2
Rolling soup cans and cars up and down ramps to talk about velocity and acceleration - Physics
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I teach Math and Programming at Summit Middle School in Boulder, CO.