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* *Reflection: Discourse and Questioning
Verifying Trig Identities (day 2 of 2) - Section 2: Whiteboard Review

For today's Whiteboard Review Game, I put a greater emphasis on presenting one's own solution method than finding the ‘correct’ way to work the problem. I really wanted students to try and to not feel nervous about presenting incorrect work in front of the class. Even at this time of the year, many of my students don’t like to present their own work, especially if they have to do it alone. Yet, this is an important skill for students to acquire before they graduate from high school (MP1, MP2).

Today, I was willing to let some students bring up a teammate to assist. Although I did not need to today, I will sometimes present a students' work for them to model how they should do it the next time around. I want the students to believe that their ideas have merit.

# Verifying Trig Identities (day 2 of 2)

Lesson 7 of 16

## Objective: Students will be able to verify complex trigonometric identities by using the fundamental trigonometric identities.

## Big Idea: Students are given an opportunity to practice simplifying identities while also seeing how their peers approach the problem.

*42 minutes*

#### Warm-Up

*10 min*

Since today’s lesson is a continuation of the work done yesterday and in previous lessons, I chose to help students warm-up for the lesson by just reviewing homework. I like to give kids 2 minutes to compare their answers on the homework. Then I will take questions. I think it is important for students to compare their answers/solution methods to determine whether or not they have questions. I also think it is a great way for students to catch their silly mistakes and tends to encourage students to help each other out on the homework. I am a huge proponent of study teams and working together on homework. I do not see homework as a summative assessment of students’ knowledge in anyway. Instead, it is part of the learning process. So I encourage them to work together and to be constantly self-assessing whether or not they would be able to do this on their own and whether or not they understand the material.

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#### Whiteboard Review

*30 min*

For the middle part of today’s lesson students will play the **Whiteboard Review Game**. This game requires every student to have their own whiteboard and their own marker. Although the game is played in teams, students are expected to do their own work. For today, I will have my students sit with the team that they will take the group quiz with later this unit.

Before the class period begins, I will have prepared a method to randomly call on students. I used to use Popsicle sticks which I wrote students name on, but this year I assigned students a number (which they use all year long) and I use a random number generator to call on students. You can find a random number generator on **www.random.org** that is easy to use.

To start the game I will put a problem on the board from the Problem Bank: Whiteboard Review Game. Students will simplify or verify the trigonometric identities over a given time frame. I like to set a timer and say you have *x *minutes to solve this one. I adjust the time based on how difficult the problem is. The game is summarized for students on page 2 of today's flipchart, Verifying Trig Identities (day 2 of 2) flipchart.

When time is up, I randomly select a student. This student will bring their whiteboard under the document camera and present their work. Their team earns 2 points for making a presentation. If they have correctly and completely simplified the identity (or verified it correctly) they earn another point. If there is a mistake in this student's work, the first student who raises their hand to point out the mistake will earn a point for their team (MP3,* *MP6).

Sometimes, students become too aggressive trying to point out mistakes. Because of this I typically deduct a point from a team whose members incorrectly point out a mistake. If I sense a need to draw a little more energy from students, I make the game a little more fun by allowing students to ‘gamble’ the points they earn. When a student is awarded points, they can gamble the points (double or nothing) by doing something fun. Here are some of my favorite gambles:

1) Throw a piece of paper into the trash can from 10 feet away.

2) Answer a trivia question.

3) Throw a piece of paper behind your back and catch it.

4) Correctly guess a coin flip.

I have learned that it is better for me to make up the Gambles, than to let students come up with their own ideas.

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#### Closure

*2 min*

As a closure to today’s lesson, I had students write down one thing they learned today on their whiteboard. Then I had them hold it up and show me. Did I read them all? NO! Did I care what they said? Not really. I just felt it was important for students to recognize that although there was not a new learning target for today, they still probably learned something from their peer’s presentations.

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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: Discovering Trig Identities (Day 1 of 4)
- LESSON 2: Discovering Trig Identities (Day 2 of 4)
- LESSON 3: Discovering Trig Identities (Day 3 of 4)
- LESSON 4: Discovering Trig Identities (Day 4 of 4)
- LESSON 5: Simplifying Basic Trig Expressions – Connect the Dots
- LESSON 6: Verifying Trig Identities (Day 1 of 2)
- LESSON 7: Verifying Trig Identities (day 2 of 2)
- LESSON 8: Solving Basic Trigonometric Equations
- LESSON 9: Group Quiz - Solving Trig Equations
- LESSON 10: Solving Quadratic Trig Equations (Day 1 of 2)
- LESSON 11: Solving Quadratic Trig Equations (Day 2 of 2)
- LESSON 12: Puzzle - Solving Variety of Trig Equations
- LESSON 13: Sum and Difference Identities
- LESSON 14: Error Analysis - Sum and Difference Identities
- LESSON 15: 4-way Representation - Trig System of Equations
- LESSON 16: Review for test