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Class Participation

I’ve always had class participation as 10% of the students’ grade.  The main reason is that I want the class to be as interactive as possible; I don’t think many of them will “get it” by just listening to me … Continue reading

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Precalculus Stew

Precalculus does seem to be a hodge-podge of different ideas, doesn’t it?  In talking to students, I’ve explained the reason for this as this is the last chance a math student has of picking up certain skills before moving on … Continue reading

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BFT

Below is something that’s been unique to my classes (as far as I know).  If you’ve taught trigonometry, you’ve seen the unit circle with the points marked for the special angles.  I have another tool that I use, which we … Continue reading

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Analytical, Numerical, or Graphical?

Despite using technology all of the time, I am a late-adopter when it comes to teaching upper school math.  I was convinced that an analytical approach to problem-solving was best, since it requires critical reasoning skills.  What’s an analytical approach?  … Continue reading

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Greetings!

This is the blog of a part-time precalculus teacher at a private school.  I’ve started this as part of a project to get math teachers blogging in order to share ideas, but I’m happy to have anyone follow along.  I’ll … Continue reading

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