##
* *Reflection: Coaching and Mentoring
A Double-Dose of Series Application - Section 2: Problem 2

For the second problem in this lesson, and the second phase of the "Double Dose", I thought that it would be beneficial for the students to hear from someone other than myself. This semester, and actually quite regularly, I have a cadet teacher in my classroom who I try to incorporate into a variety of lessons. The cadet teachers in our high school are upper classman aspiring educators who are looking to get a taste of the field.

Despite the challenging nature of this problem and its explanation, my cadet teacher did an OUTSTANDING job communicating with the students, and most importantly, not giving away the answer as they worked through it. I credit a lot of this to the fact that I began my conversations with the cadet teacher over a week in advance of the lesson. This allowed me to review the concepts with them, any potential stumbling blocks that the students might encounter, and also allow the cadet teacher to modify and adapt from my original plan (with my approval, of course). Thanks to this, the cadet teacher was fully prepared and confident in the lesson. We also were able to have many great conversations about student engagement and "not giving answers away too soon" - which is a challenging thing for a young teacher to grasp.

It is important that aspiring educators be put in situations that build their confidence and allow them to be reflective about their experiences. I would highly encourage you to invest in the future of education every change that you get - it can be really energizing and affirming in your own teaching practice.

*Incorporating a Cadet-Teacher into the Lesson*

*Coaching and Mentoring: Incorporating a Cadet-Teacher into the Lesson*

# A Double-Dose of Series Application

Lesson 5 of 15

## Objective: Students will be able to make use of structure to further apply their knowledge of series to two challenging scenarios.

## Big Idea: The students will persevere through a ‘series’ of challenging problems on their way to building their knowledge of series!

*40 minutes*

#### Problem 1

*15 min*

As the students enter, hide the opening PowerPoint slide pulled up on the projector. Once the whole class is seated, flash the slide and roll out the opening problem. Give the students very little time to pick which option they believe will be better – I would say that the tone in the classroom needs to be similar to if they had just won a drawing on the radio, and had to make a split second decision on the airwaves.

Direct students who believe Option A is a better deal to one side of the room, and the students who think Option B is better to the other side. Once the sides are chosen, I hand the students one piece of chart paper per 3 people in the group – that is, I construct subgroups of students on the fly out of the two larger groups. Each subgroup of 2 or 3 also gets a marker to show their calculations.

I ask both groups to find out how much money they will have at the end of the 2 week prize pay-out. I encourage groups to go ahead and list the first few terms, but to try to use the type of series they are working with as an indicator to which sum formula they should use. Giving the students 3-4 minutes to work, I rotate the classroom in an effort to help individual students with the task at hand. At the end of this time, I tell each group that they have 2 minutes to compare answers with others in their group to see how everyone aligns – as well as look at different methods of solution (if any arise). Finally, each of the two prize option groups nominates 1 subgroup to show their work on the board. The class will see that the geometric series outperforms the arithmetic series by $58.83 over the two week period.

Optional Extension (great if you have time): Ask the students “When would the two prize options would be equal?”… That is, if a local radio station wanted to offer a similar prize package, but wanted the two options to be equal, how could we mathematically calculate and insure this?

*expand content*

##### Similar Lessons

###### The Fractal Tree

*Favorites(7)*

*Resources(10)*

Environment: Suburban

###### What Makes Something a Pattern?

*Favorites(5)*

*Resources(18)*

Environment: Urban

###### Patterns Quiz and Project Work Time

*Favorites(0)*

*Resources(7)*

Environment: Urban

- UNIT 1: Culture Building Unit - Welcome to the New Year!
- UNIT 2: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
- UNIT 3: Sequences and Series
- UNIT 4: Statistics: Something for Everyone
- UNIT 5: Review Lessons
- UNIT 6: Writing Prompts in Mathematics
- UNIT 7: Trig Tidbits
- UNIT 8: Functions, Problem Solving, and 21st Century Skills
- UNIT 9: Polynomials and Problem Solving
- UNIT 10: Probability
- UNIT 11: Imagine This! Imaginary and Complex Numbers
- UNIT 12: Let's Explore Radicals!

- LESSON 1: Introduction to Sequences
- LESSON 2: Arithmetic Sequences and Series
- LESSON 3: Geometric Sequences and Series
- LESSON 4: Sequences and Series Battleship!
- LESSON 5: A Double-Dose of Series Application
- LESSON 6: Mortgages and Geometric Series DAY #1
- LESSON 7: Mortgages and Geometric Series DAY #2
- LESSON 8: Mortgages and Geometric Series DAY #3
- LESSON 9: Mortgages Wrap-up and Additional Scaffolding
- LESSON 10: Investigating Infinite Geometric Series
- LESSON 11: Using Sequences and Series to Make Connections
- LESSON 12: The Binomial Theorem
- LESSON 13: Sequences and Series Partial Unit Review
- LESSON 14: Sequences and Series Partial Unit Review II
- LESSON 15: Unit Test: Sequences and Series