## Do now: Learning Assessments.doc - Section 4: Getting to know you even more...

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# Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You...

Lesson 1 of 16

## Objective: "It's a very ancient saying, but a true and honest thought, that if you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught."

#### Student Profiles

*15 min*

When students enter class today I will have the Student Profile Sheet already on their desks so they can begin filling it out immediately. Although, these profiles are a bit long to read for every student I do find that it is worth the time as it gives me a good picture of the kids as a math student. I also like to use these profiles to help me make my seating charts. I find it helpful to look at students’ answers for questions #10-15. I try to group my students in a mixed ability groups, but without extremes and try to spread out my students that love math. They hopefully can help us spread the love! I find that students do a good job at self-analyzing their ability in math and any student circling that they want to earn a D in the class raises some red flags for me.

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**Preparation: **This activity takes teacher preparation time before class. So be sure to see the Beach Ball Directions linked here if you want to use this activity.

To help us get to know our students and to help students get to know each other, I like to have students do a Beach Ball toss. Basically this is where kids toss around a beach ball that has icebreaker type questions written all over it (just with black marker, nothing fancy.) When the kids catch the ball, they must answer the question that is under their left thumb. I then have students sit once they have answered a question just to be sure that we get around to everyone. If students weren’t able to finish their profile sheets earlier, now is a good time. Just keep their heads up! It’s not fun to be the kid pegged in the head with a beach ball on the first day of school. So note to teachers: try not to let that happen. Also, you may want to preface the activity with your expectation of them keeping it school appropriate. They can get quite creative with some of these questions.

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- UNIT 1: Basic Functions and Equations
- UNIT 2: Polynomial Functions and Equations
- UNIT 3: Rational Functions and Equations
- UNIT 4: Exponential Functions and Equations
- UNIT 5: Logarithmic Functions and Equations
- UNIT 6: Conic Sections
- UNIT 7: Rotations and Cyclical Functions
- UNIT 8: Cyclical Patterns and Periodic Functions
- UNIT 9: Trigonometric Equations
- UNIT 10: Matrices
- UNIT 11: Review
- UNIT 12: Fundamentals of Trigonometry

- LESSON 1: Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You...
- LESSON 2: Ahoy team! What can you see? Finding functions.
- LESSON 3: Function Zoo - Basic Function Families
- LESSON 4: Parent Functions
- LESSON 5: Shifting Functions: How do they move?
- LESSON 6: Shifting Functions: How can we describe them?
- LESSON 7: Dicey Functions Day 1: Piecewise functions are basic functions... just cut up!
- LESSON 8: Dicey Functions Day 2: Piecewise functions are basic functions... just cut up!
- LESSON 9: Fun with Functions: Basic Inverse and Function Operations
- LESSON 10: Compositions in Context
- LESSON 11: Inundated with Inverses: Restricting the Range of an Inverse (Day 1 of 2)
- LESSON 12: Inundated with Inverses: Algebraic Inverse and Composition to Verify (Day 2 of 2)
- LESSON 13: Jeopardy: Basic Functions
- LESSON 14: Review Day
- LESSON 15: Test Review
- LESSON 16: Basic Functions Test