Quadratics, Distance Learning, and Bringing Joy to Math
About the Course
As teachers across the world shifted their classrooms to the virtual setting this Spring, I needed a new way to engage my students and help them find the joy in learning mathematics digitally. The topic of quadratics can be incredibly boring and procedural, so I designed a lesson to help bring this topic to life for students in an interactive and enjoyable way. This lesson is designed for Algebra I or Algebra II students and could easily be adapted for a variety of skill levels. The solution I am proposing is a real-world modeling task through the online “Desmos” platform, which allows students to engage with the math in a variety of ways (typing, drawing, graphing, videos, virtual manipulatives) and allows teachers to see individual student progress in real time. Also included in this course are tips and modifications for this lesson, guidance on how to use the “Desmos” platform for a variety of other math topics, and a PDF User Guide reference page.
About the Instructor
My name is Rachael Degnan and I am currently in my 6th year teaching Middle and High School Mathematics in Howard County, Maryland. In my second year in the classroom, I was awarded the “Outstanding Beginning Teacher of the Year” award from the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics for the state of Maryland. I have a passion for designing student-centered, engaging, and meaningful mathematics lessons in both the physical and virtual classroom setting. This course will inspire you to see that rigorous and even exciting math instruction in the virtual Algebra classroom is more than possible, and I will equip you with the tools to make this an immediate reality.