Reflection: Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced) Calculator Boot-Camp and Solving Exponential Equations - Section 1: Warm Up


As I was in the midst of teaching this lesson, I couldn't help but think about how important it was for me to make the point the the students that they will NOT be able to use their iPad as a calculator on the SAT/ACT test.  I absolutely love my students having this technology as a math resource in my classroom, but it is important that they understand that they will not have it as a tool on these college entrance exams.  I encourage my students to ask for a calculator for their next birthday/Christmas and grow accustomed to using it to solve problems in class.  I certainly do not want for them to kick the iPad to the side, but I did at least want to mention to them the calculator guidelines set forth by the SAT and ACT tests.  

Click here for a link to the guidelines for the SAT.

  A Good Time to talk about SAT/ACT!
  Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced): A Good Time to talk about SAT/ACT!
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Calculator Boot-Camp and Solving Exponential Equations

Unit 2: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Lesson 13 of 21

Objective: SWBAT use a calculator to effectively solve exponential equations

Big Idea: This lesson places a high emphasis on teaching the students how to properly use a calculator when solving exponential/logarithmic equations.

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