So when I was in high school, I loved my mathematics classes. However, I knew that I wasn’t going to be that teacher that insisted students listen to me talk in the front of the classroom. So this week in both my Algebra 2 and my Pre-Calculus classes, I was able to fuse inquiry based projects and I just want to brag about it to anyone that will listen.
In Pre-Calculus, my students had previous built K’Nex Ferris wheels, so I gave them a lab at looking at the angles of it, and it’s horizontal and vertical displacement. In the end, my students were able to see the shape and domain of the sine and cosine curves.
In Algebra 2, we started looking at parabolas and their equations. I decided to take them on the quick tour of Center City, where they were able to see how frequently you’ll see curved objectives or lines versus straight ones. I had them each take a photo and drop it into Desmos, where they were able to see how a, b, c and d constants effected the transformation of x squared.
Pretty successful and amazing week if you ask me! And I think my students got more out of it, then me telling them how all aspects of those two worked!