Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Part A

Observing Student Connections
  Introduction | Investigating Functions | Problem Reflection #1 | Connecting to Logarithms | Problem Reflection #2 | Classroom Practice | Observe a Classroom | Your Journal
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Let's look at a video excerpt of a classroom in action. In this video, you can observe the students in Jeanne Shimizu-Yost's Algebra II class as they work on problems involving exponential functions, similar to the ones we've just observed in Mr. Costa's class. Note particularly how students use a variety of solution methods as they work through the problems.

Reflection Questions

As you watch, keep these questions in mind:

  • In what ways do the students in the video have opportunities to increase their understanding of exponential functions as they communicate about and use a variety of representations throughout the activity?
  • What connections are made between the mathematics, the technology, and various forms of representation?
  • In what ways are the students motivated -- even empowered -- by the open-ended nature of the task of reporting on their observations?
  • In what ways is the lesson appropriate to the teacher's goals of assessing students' understanding of exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and problem-solving techniques?

Now watch an extended segment at left (duration 4:25) of the "Exploring Functions" video.

Next  Observe a classroom

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