use real-life problems and experiments to gather
and display experimental data in graphs and tables.
They then analyze the resulting patterns to make
predictions and develop algebraic equations. They
gain the knowledge and confidence to teach middle
schoolers concepts that often are not introduced
until high school, such as linear functions, independent
and dependent variables, y-intercept, and slope.
Teachers also see how linear models are useful to
solve real-world problems that involve constant
rates of change, whether it's figuring which company
has the best buy for t-shirts or selecting the best
pledge plan for a charity walkathon.
Workshop 4: In Practice,
Learner Teachers ...
discuss the experience of teaching the Patterns
& Functions lessons in their classrooms. They
create task-specific scoring guides to evaluate
student work, using a scale of 1 to 4. Then, they
work in small groups to develop high-quality, engaging
performance tasks that will deepen students' understanding
of the big ideas of Patterns & Functions.