Thursday, September 30, 2010

Let 'er rip!

I really like my school schedule this year.  I have 2 Precalc classes in the morning, then my Algebra 2's  and Algebra 1 in the afternoon.  What's really nice is that I teach 1st period, have my conference period, then teach 3rd period, then have my tutoring and lunch.  Makes for a pretty easy morning, and my afternoon's full so it flies by pretty quickly.  What's bad, though, is that I really have trouble working during my plan period 2nd period.  For whatever reason, I just can't sit and grade....  Right now I have a class of Algebra 2 quizzes from yesterday staring at me.  I know it won't take long to get them done, but I really don't want to do it.  Not a good thing to happen when it's still September!

The Barbie Bungee activity was a success all around.  The kids enjoyed it, did well, and only a few Barbies crashed when we went outside to test predictions.  I had several kids comment on their papers that they had fun and wish we could do more activities like that.  :)  I borrowed a flip camera from the media center and took some video of my classes working.  Here's one of the precalc videos (did one for each class) and the Algebra 2 video (2 classes merged into one video).

Algebra 2:


Precalc:




I uploaded them to teachertube and posted on our class blogs so the kids/parents could watch. I also posted one of them on the ning that we use at school - got some brownie points!  Now I guess the pressure's on to find other activities to do with the kids... but I like that pressure. :)

2 comments:

  1. It's so great to see this again! I think,but I could be wrong, that I invented Barbie Bungee in 1995 at an NSA workshop...yes, you were probably not even around then! Here is the link to the original:
    http://www.nsa.gov/academia/
    _files/collected_learning/
    high_school/trigonometry/
    bungee_barbie.pdf

    I did it as a trig, periodic motion activity, and we were using TI 82's and the Motion detector. Betcha didn't know we had those way back when. Check out my story about Barbie and Ken...enjoy

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  2. That's awesome! Maybe I can pull Barbie and the CBRs back out when we do our trig equations. If my daughter lets me take them back to school, that is. I just had to remove a rubber band from around a Barbie's neck yesterday.

    And I was in college in 1995. Does that count?

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