I teach Algebra 2. At times, it feels so contrived and meaningless. I wish I could infuse some magical potion that would ignite my students thinking.
Wondering if anyone begins with Probability and Statistics? Sequences/Series?
It seems we could develop some strength in students numeracy with different types of probabilities… those unions and intersections of sets. Would this possibly help when reading reviewing compound inequalities/seep over when teaching systems?
As for stats…just some good old data collection early in the year…to model those common functions, giving students a concrete visual for a connection like Wiggie Growth when we begin exponentials.
And patterns. Who doesn’t love exploring patterns? Students can recognize them, describe them, continue them. Why not begin the year with units that are both fun and challenging? It seems these end up at the end with no real time to play and enjoy.
Just wondering if anyone’s curriculum begins this way? Or at least outside the traditional one?