Function Wall

I sometimes think about what things I can put on my walls that are not your traditional math posters.

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Word walls seem to be a strategy that work for some teachers.   I tried something similar this year with a Function Wall.   I teach Algebra 2 and what I did this year was every time we learned a new function, I hung up that function’s poster.

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I thought this wall worked well this year.   First off, it reminded students all of the different types of functions we learned.  Also, just them seeing the different functions helps them remember the shapes of the graphs.   The thing I liked the most was if we were trying to model a situation with a function, I could point to the Function Wall and ask student which one of those functions do you think would best fit this situation.   Anyways, here are all of the files for the posters.  I had all of them printed for $3/poster from this site.

 

Self-Evaluation Checklist for Questioning

Some of the favorite books I have ever read about math education are the Every Minute Counts books by David R. Johnson.  These books give great ideas about arranging your desks, checking homework, direct instruction, the classroom routine, notebooks, etc.    One of the topics that shows up in all 3 books is questioning.  In Motivation Counts, David suggests using a Self-Evaluation Checklist on questioning.

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I thought this was a good way to hold myself accountable for different questioning techniques throughout the year.    To save time, I threw all these questions in a Google Form and tried to answer the question every week or so.   I didn’t start this until the end of the school year so I don’t have a lot of responses.  Fee free to checkout the Form and the Responses*.  

*On Sheet 2 of the response Google sheet, I keep track of the percent of time a mark ‘Yes’ for each question.