## Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Modeling Real World Data (Day 1 of 4) - Section 2: Application

Some of my students tried to be creative with collecting their data (which I loved and encouraged!). They came in with data from gas prices, stock market values, dollars spent shopping, music sales, and digestive cycles.  However, some of this data that they had predicted would make a periodic curve actually didn’t. So I would recommend having some data sets available for these kids and of course the kids that forget to do their homework as well. If you have computers in your classroom, it would be nice to have those kids get on and do their data collection right then and there.  Instead, you may want to just limit students to the examples on the expectations page and homework 10; but I think that takes half the fun out of it! An example that DOESN’T work is sometimes just as much of a learning experience for students as one that does and it was fun to see students collecting data that was more interesting to them then examples I came up with.

Creativity and Disciplinary Knowledge
Intrinsic Motivation: Creativity and Disciplinary Knowledge

# Modeling Real World Data (Day 1 of 4)

Unit 8: Cyclical Patterns and Periodic Functions
Lesson 8 of 15

## Big Idea: Students collect data and use trigonometry to describe their world by modeling the data on posters.

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