TPC2 Functions Course I

A Project of the Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology

Arizona State University



Date In Class Assignment
Aug 15 Agenda
  • Introductions
  • Course description
  • Administrative stuff
  • Nature of professional development
  • Introduction to The Teaching Gap

Teaching Gap Assignment

Aug 22 Agenda
  • Group activity: Teaching Gap
  • In-class activity (covariation)
  • Listening to students' reasoning

Video analysis assignment

Aug 29 Agenda

Examine textbooks

Sep 6 Labor Day Labor Day
Sep 13 Agenda

Review summary of Intro to Graphing

Use Using definition of angle measure and trig functions to solve problems intuitively

Sep 20 Agenda

Trig Functions

Sep 27 Agenda In your PLCs, create an activity and a worksheet that will support your students in understanding an angle measure as something that can be put naturally on a number line. (For example, it is "unnatural" to think of putting area on a number line.)
Oct 3 Agenda

Re-work one of 4, 5, or 6 (solving problems intuitively) similar to in-class example

Re-work #6, Trig Functions

Polar Coordinates homework

Oct 10 Agenda Finish Polar Coordinates homework.

Re-view Video #3 of Over and Back. What were the central ideas? What were the important pedagogical moves? What do you see now that you didn't see when you viewed it earlier?

Oct 24 Agenda

Five day unit plan to introduce trigonometry

Oct 31 Agenda

City A and City B homework

Sue's Diagram & Falling Paper Clip

Nov 7 Agenda

Functions as Models

Nov 14 Agenda

Extension of in-class example regarding action versus process conceptions

Nov 21 Reprise of Action vs Process conceptions of formulas
  • Review of f(x) = x2 mod cos(x)
    • Why does it break where it does?
    • Why do we get some regions of "increased activity" and some regions of "little activity"?
    • What does this have to do with teaching high school math?

Inequality activity

Course evaluation

Logic of inequality activity

Inequalities from a broader perspective

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Thanksgiving
Dec 5 Play with polynomials
Dec 12 Final Projects due