Reflection: Perseverance Comparing and Contrasting Linear and Exponential Functions - Section 5: Collaborative Work: Comparing Linear and Exponential Functions


This activity is an excellent example of balancing support and challenge. Both of the student samples (Actual Predicted Values 1 and Actual Predicted Values 2) are from my accelerated honors section of Algebra I.

Coming into the lesson, I didn't think students in the honors section would need the table. Upon further reflection, however, I realized that students did not have a strong background in the subject material and the numbers were overwhelming without some external organization. 

A simple table that support lower level processing, like organizing space, can really make a big different in the opportunity to learn and access to higher level thinking skills that I want students to engage in for this lesson.

  Perseverance: Balancing Complexity and Support to Improve Perseverance
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Comparing and Contrasting Linear and Exponential Functions

Unit 5: Exponential Functions
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast the fit of Linear and Exponential functions to actual data. SWBAT paraphrase complex arguments.

Big Idea: Students compare linear and exponential functions, and, learn about actual and theoretical data.

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