Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Happy Endings - Section 2: Put it Into Action

 

This student guide to end behavior was difficult for me to follow at first, but once I realized that they intended for the user to just go on through the list in order unless it said to go to a specific number I figured it out and was impressed.  They clearly understand that even and odd functions fit certain patterns and also that the sign of a function can determine end behavior.  It would have been nice if they'd used a bit more precise language but this is actually significant progress in that area for these two students.  For example, they still say "lower left to upper right" instead of referencing quadrants or talking about the behavior of f(x) when x approaches positive/negative infinity.  However, they do say "positive odd function" instead of something like "positive equation with an even exponent" which is what the best they would have said at the beginning of the year.

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Happy Endings

Unit 8: Interpreting Functions
Lesson 10 of 19

Objective: SWBAT graph polynomial functions and show end behavior.

Big Idea: Happiness often depends on what happens in the end, so pay close attention to this lesson about end behavior for your own "happy endings".

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