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On the Use of History in Calculus Education

My colleague is currently struggling a bit with how to introduce and motivate the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. So I looked in the essay I wrote for my teaching diploma and found a quote by Leibniz, which is useful, and … Continue reading

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Current status – a reflection overdue

There is this itch inside me that signals it’s time to stop and reflect. Not just over individual lessons, the way I always do, but reeeeaaally think about what’s going right and wrong. It feels a bit weird to air … Continue reading

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Motivating e

Here’s the background: my honor’s class has done sequences and series, some basic function stuff (domain and range, composition and inverses) and some descriptive statistics. During the last week, we’ve also handled exponent rules, equations and functions. My textbook and … Continue reading

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No time to think – the IB way of examination

This is an example of a recent test (with correct answers attached) given to my senior class. The time limit was 60 minutes. Here’s the problem: while I have some liberty in designing the test, I am preparing the students … Continue reading

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Redesigned

Dan Meyer has had a huge influence on my life since I first discovered his blog mid-July. So far, thanks to him, I have: Developed the habit of reading 20 other good blogs Started this blog Spent way too much … Continue reading

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Fractions Mnemonic

My students can invert function and tell me for which values of x a geometric series converges, yet they can’t do squat with fractions. It’s not for lack of “teaching for understanding” – I made sure every step of the … Continue reading

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Why do students love this?

Last year, with my PreDP class (think Algebra I and II) I gave a class the Riddle of Diophantus and asked them to solve it. The students, with just a basic understanding of fractions, loved this problem and spent a … Continue reading

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