Thursday, February 04, 2010

Line Project Finale

Well, all, okay most of the projects have been turned in, and now comes my grading fiesta (ay yi yi yi) which I solemnly do swear NOT to put off until forever and a day (p.s. I dread grading projects). I love the creativity of the students, and was impressed with some of the facts they found that they thought interesting. Here are a few of them (with no mention yet of whether they are accurate or not).

Things I've learned and would change for next time:
Be more specific about what you want on the poster (data, what work, the sentence of the prediction, the fact that the prediction has to be from using the line equation and not just the slope).
Be SUPER HAND-HOLDY on the step by step procedure of finding the equation of the line of best fit.
Grin and take Deep Breaths because even though some projects are not exactly what you were expecting, everyone still learned something about how lines are used in "life".


  1. Wow, those are fantastic!

  2. I love those projects! If I was teaching next year (get to stay home with my babies!!), then I would for sure use it with my classes!

  3. Thank you! I was pleasantly surprised with the results. ... and JenBrown ... congratulations on getting to spend time with your kids.

    Ms. Cookie

  4. Anonymous1:29 PM

    I am a college student majoring in mathematics education. In one of my classes, I am required to make a lesson plan in my field. To get ideas, I "Googled" math teacher blogs and came across yours. I really like the project you posted; it incorporates many PASS objectives. Thank you for the inspiration! I look forward to seeing some more of your great ideas!

  5. I always want to do some sort of graph project after state testing dealing with the number of curse words heard among campus at lunch. Maybe I will try it this year.

  6. Great projects! I am teaching math for my fourth year and I love having students do projects. Not only do they get to show their creativity, they are able to demonstrate what they have learned. I agree with your thoughts for next time. I found that I need to make a detailed list of the requirements and a rubric that I give them ahead of time. After that, I like to see what they can do!