Football Mania

Super Bowl is coming up so it’s a good time to share about a football-themed exponential investigation we did this semester.  Full details below, including links to the task sheets. I had come across some work by Geoff and Mr. Honner and was totally inspired by the awesome math behind the NFL Draft. I had never given a lot of thought to all…

Rent-to-Own Put to the Test

To kick off the Financial Applications section of the MCF3M course, I wanted to introduce students to a simple interest problem in a way that helped them see what skills they already possess when it comes to interest rates, percentages, and problem solving. I saw this post from Dan about Rent-to-Own companies and thought it was a great application.  I…

Accessibility Lessons

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Carleton University Disability Research Group to help translate some of their amazing research into activities for the classroom.  We have put together a selection of activities that are of different lengths for a variety of classroom subjects, for both the elementary and secondary panel. We are currently seeking teachers who…

Rational Exponents – Simple is Beautiful

Our Grade 11 Functions course is slowly becoming more of a Thinking Classroom, and one of the big shifts I’m currently working towards is Defronting the Room. I use Pear Deck regularly for setting up a problem & collecting responses (blog post to come), but this week I was looking to do a simple, oral explanation of a problem and…

Periodic Table Introduction

You know when you are faced with a challenge that makes your brain work in a way that is both frustrating and intriguing? This introductory activity for the Periodic Table was just that for my students and I’ve included a free printable below so that you can give it a try. We are partway through our Chemistry unit and I…

Parabola Slalom

As an end of unit assessment, I had students complete the Parabola Slalom on Desmos. This was my first time using one of the pre-made Desmos Classroom Activities, but it won’t be my last. The activity was a good balance of challenging & achievable. The students were frustrated in a way that spurred them on to seek out possible solutions….