Monday, January 06, 2014

Calculus Graphical Organizer

Okay little Calculus Kidlets, maybe THIS will settle things in your mind.

After reading my end-of-semester surveys, too many students were mixing up what to do when and why when finding the maximums and minimums of functions. I created this graphical organizer to put in their notebooks. This is how I picture it in my head and how I remember it, so maybe it will help some students.


  1. I mentioned this post on my blog this week. Thanks

  2. Can I get a copy of this for my students as well?!?

  3. Hi Allison. It's a live link at the top, so you can just download it.

  4. I mentioned this post on my blog this week.
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  5. I pinnned this graphic from your blog post 2 years ago to my Pinterest Board for Statistics and Data, and it continues to be one of my most re-pinned pins. I teach Statistics and was thinking about using your format for similar purposes, like when to use various statistical techniques, etc. I love your blog and frequently find useful ideas here, thanks!

    1. Thanks! I am glad it's useful.

  6. Graphic organizer charts are a common name given to charts that can illustrate facts, concept, and ideas in a way that can be understood visually. There are many graphic organizers or various purposes. T chart, y chart, mind maps, KWL charts, Venn diagrams and fishbone diagrams to name a few. Creately is an online diagramming and collaboration software which supports all graphic organizer charts. There are many templates and example of graphic organizers to be used freely as well.

  7. What program are you using to make your graphs?

  8. Hi Shireen,

    Thank you for doing this. My students will like it. Is it difficult to use the program to build your graphics? They look great!