Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teacher Spotlight - Jill Lee

Teacher Spotlight: Jill Lee

Math - Algebra

What are the students doing?  

A "walk around" to identify equations graphed correctly. The students had to look at an equation, write it in slope intercept form from standard form, and graph it on an coordinate plane. Then they got in groups of students that had the same equation and compared answers. Once they agreed, they graphed the equation on big paper and taped it up the room. The students then "walked around the room" as a group and looked at other graphs to write the equation of the line from the other groups equations. All of the equations were then checked with the original equations.   

What do you hope students accomplish by completing this activity?
I wanted the students to be able to write an equation from standard form to slope-intercept form, graph the equation, then be able to write equations from graphs. The students enjoyed moving around the room with a "new group" and working with new people. They also had to peer tutor and help if someone was not getting the same answer.   

How did this activity tie to your standards?  
This was an 8th grade standard with my Honors class. 
 The standard states 8.EEI.6​: Apply concepts of slope and y-­intercept to graphs, equations, and proportional relationships.
Derive the slope ­intercept form (y = mx + b) for a non-­vertical line.
Write an equation in the form y = mx + b from a graph of a line on the coordinate plane.

How did this activity promote student learning? 

The walk around was great for collaboration and having them use what they know to find the equations from lines.  This was different task from what they originally had to do which was write an equation and then graph.  I liked it because it made the students work together to agree or disagree with each other and had them moving and making them accountable for their learning.

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