Reflection: Checks for Understanding Derivatives and Graphs - Section 1: Launch and Explore


A great strategy for a task like this is to record student ideas on the board and then use that as the basis for the class discussion. While students were discussing question #1 with their table group, I wrote down their conjectures on the board. After their five minute talk, we went through their ideas and discussed the merits of each idea. This is a great way to kick-start a discussion and it is all based on student ideas! It also gets students to refine and critique ideas that may be partially correct.

Here are the ideas that I wrote down from my students. I always get a good mix of ideas that are fully correct and ones that need some work. This also serves as a quick formative assessment as I can get an idea of how the class is progressing with this concept.

  Checks for Understanding: Recording Student Ideas
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Derivatives and Graphs

Unit 13: Limits and Derivatives
Lesson 7 of 13

Objective: SWBAT sketch the graph of the derivative of a function.

Big Idea: How is the graph of a derivative related to the original function?

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