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
10/9/2013 10:08:52 pm
No problem. I'll summarize this week and post it.
10/9/2013 01:32:44 pm
Very inspiring, Andrew. Need to get here! What do you use to get your physics graphs?
10/9/2013 10:11:41 pm
Kristen, I use the open source physics tracker software from <http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/> for student laptops. You can also use Vernier Video Physics on the iPad and get similar results.
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I teach Math at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, CO.