I have a large number of guided-inquiry labs that I am quite proud of in Physics. But I’m not teaching Physics this year – which is definitely having an effect on my motivation and happiness. However, in between the days when despair overtakes my better senses, I’m working on doing interesting things with Algebra II and Geometry. (note: I just looked at the prompt and I wrote too much, but I’m leaving it all here)
Algebra II – I have a lesson and a curriculum that I am proud of, and I think they’re a nice combination of being rich but also very very real.
Credit card debt and exponential functions. I blogged about this before and looking back it’s a lesson I’d like to do again. It can easily be modified for exponential functions, but I really like how you can use recursion as a low entry point.
WGHAA Curriclum (actually download the AMBASSADORS curriclum from here, but it’s a huge pdf). We took topics from Algebra II, and shoehorned those concepts into lessons about Cholera, Malaria, Influenza and Tuberculosis. There are also matching lessons for US History and Chemistry.
Geometry – this is my first year teaching Geometry, and I just today decided that the given textbook was crap and I don’t understand why anybody would want to learn Geometry that way. So I’m mostly going to throw out the textbook, and try to teach the class with this general sequence in mind for each topic/unit:
4) then proofs.
So a rich problem for that? I keep coming back to putting a gable on a roof, so maybe I’ll make something out of that.