New Lessons!

“OK class, for homework tonight I want you to complete 1-30 odds,” the teacher tells her groaning students. We’ve all been there. It’s not fun, it’s not engaging, and I dare to even say it’s not worthwhile. As a student I, someone who excelled at and even enjoyed mathematics, hated this. As a teacher, I want to avoid this. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t judge you if you do it. It’s not easy to come up with things that are engaging and mathematically worthwhile for students.

As a student in the Honors College at GVSU, I need to do an individual senior project. I had pretty much complete control over what I wanted to do. Most students opt to do a research project or something similar. I decided to create math homework. In order to avoid assigning excessive bookwork that no one likes, I am working on creating lessons that can be assigned as homework. The lessons focus on a higher order of thinking and students will definitely need support, so I imagine allowing some time for each assignment to be worked on in class, but a majority of the assignments I envision being done as homework. That’s not to say that they are inappropriate for groupwork or classwork, but just that I envision them replacing bookwork.

That being said, I could use any feedback you’d be willing to give. Thus far I have 5 lessons. The lessons are all very similar in structure, but I’m working on varying my tasks in the remaining lessons. So here’s what I want from you:

Engagement — are these actually engaging to students?

Mathematical merit — are they worth my students time? Will they learn something from them?

Anything else — strengths, weaknesses, I’ll take anything.

Thanks!

Math in the Real World  

Functions — What’s in a Name?

How Much Cashback?

Where do you Belong?

Lines All Around Us!

Note: Lessons are not intended to be taught in the order written

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~ by Cassie.Becker on February 14, 2012.

One Response to “New Lessons!”

  1. […] have 5 lessons uploaded on my previous post. Take a gander. Do you think they actually do what I claim? Feedback and discussion more than […]

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