How do they relate – functions and derivatives? Math labs promote discussion …

IMG_1767Building on the understanding of functions, students in Math 3b study derivatives, primitive functions, and integrals – and what their graphs look like.  They also study the relationship between the three.  For many, these are new concepts/ideas.  For many, making the connection between description of an activity, an algebraic expression, the derivative and the graphs can be challenging.  One way to develop this important ability is to leave the textbook behind and investigate through lab/active learning.IMG_1766

Last week, students in Math 3b were challenged to “match the parts” – word description, algebraic expression, derivative graph, and function graph.  Students were allowed to use any tool they wanted to:  teacher knowledge, textbooks, calculators, IMG_1765and/or their peers’ knowledge.  Students worked in teams to accomplish this task.

The result – discussion not so IMG_1774much about what the right answer was or the right combination of “puzzle pieces”, but more about WHY?

Thanks to our Math teacher, Anders Lindahl, for investing time in lab/active learning to build understanding of the “connections”.IMG_1771

About kristylundstrom

I currently work as the Managing Director of Viktor Rydberg Schools. I am a student of learning. I am interested to see where it happens, when it happens, and how it happens. I am also a math and computer science teacher. I have lived in Belgium and in the USA. I really appreciate my multi-cultural environment - I believe it adds dynamics to our school.
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