My Mission #3 assignment with MTBoS was to explore one, only ONE of several excellent websites and write a blog about my experiences. Since I just commented in my previous entry that I didn’t know anything about Desmos (and everyone who is anyone on MTBoS seems to use it) I decided that now was the time to learn it. So I did a couple of the basic challenges on Daily Desmos and I was pleased with my trigonometric transformational approach. I wonder if anybody else tried that. The online Desmos graphing calculator is user friendly and the Desmos Challenge problems (matching graphs) complements my Precalculus curriculum very nicely, so I hope to incorporate it in my classroom. I will have to Twitter some questions first…
Of course, I had to check out some of the other interesting websites:
Estimation 180: Teaching estimation skills with pictures (similar to the visual approach of Dan Meyer’s Three Act problems) I like the idea of using my own pictures to do some interesting warm-up problems.
VisualPatterns: I can use definitely use these in the classroom (functions, sequences) and with math club. Saves me a lot of work! Woo-hoo!
Math Mistakes: What a novel idea–posting student mistakes and then reflecting on the conceptual misunderstandings and implications for teaching. I read some very insightful posts. Here was a great one:
One Good Thing: A forum for teachers to post something GOOD that happened in their classroom. Very uplifting 🙂
And …. I just figured out how to embed the links to all of these in my post! Another Woo-Hoo!