My students are hungry learners from drastically different backgrounds and socioeconomic levels. A lot of my students come into the classroom with many of life's unfair challenges in home life, but show up to my class ready to learn. The courses that I teach are called Secondary Mathematics 3 as well as the Honors Secondary Mathematics 3 course, which mainly deals with students at the 11th-grade level.
The majority of my students are of Latino heritage and bring a lot of their wonderful culture into my classroom.
This wonderful culture brings with it great energy and lively discussion-based learning. With this diversity, it gives students exposure to all sorts of lifestyles and ideas that they may not have been exposed to outside of the school. With all the diversity in my classroom, there is more than mathematical learning that takes place in class, there is a learning of cultures and people.
In Math 3 we spend a majority of the year studying functions. All of the functions that we study have multiple real world applications, but for most of my students they don't get to experience these applications first hand. Most of the applications for the functions that we study deal with properties in fields of science, business, and engineering.
I want to show my students first hand how the study of quadratic functions can model the flight path of many objects that are affected by gravity.
With these materials my students will be able to utilize engineering and design skills to build a rocket, and to use their math knowledge to know exactly how high and far their rocket traveled.
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