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One of my best teaching ideas!! Students Love it. Designed for Calculus 1, AP Calculus AB, or Calculus Honors.
My schedule and classes are not conducive for daily warm-ups, but............, big but here, my students really need to understand that they are taking college level courses and are responsible for all they have learned. They cannot get an A or a B in a prereq course, or even last month's test, and then forget it. College teachers do not reteach material. Students need to take great notes, have excellent resources and reference sheets, and remember what they learned.
I came up with ThrowBack Thursdays Review. On Thursdays (unless something else was on the agenda like a test or Thanksgiving), I would project three problems from the past onto the screen or whiteboard. It was not only a wake up call, but became fun as I embellished the slides with items from the past (see Preview). The "math past" was anything relevant from Algebra, Geometry, PreCalc or Trig and, of course, Calc 1 up to that point. I designed many of the questions based upon something that was coming up. For example, a volume question before related rates. Most days we maxed out at 15 - 20 minutes. I always showed the solutions so I could limit the time and move on with my daily lesson.
ThrowBack Thursdays was an overwhelming success. Another benefit was that my students told me the little reviews helped with their SAT's. I often let them have selected reference sheets from my Calculus Survival Kit and sometimes graphing calculators. I printed the references from the Survival Kit in different neon colors at the beginning of the year and would let them take out the green reference or the pink, for example.
This resource includes 34 pages of problems for the typical 34 weeks, give or take a few missed Thursdays. Each page (slide) has three questions timed for a typical Calculus 1, or AP Calculus AB or Honors pacing schedule.
I have also included 34 pages of FULL SOLUTIONS, so this is a NO PREP activity for you. Calculus is hard enough to teach without having to come up with solutions when students don't get an answer right. There are 102 problems and 102 full solutions. Each page is followed by the solutions. In terms of how to use this resource, sometimes I printed the pages of questions and my students did them individually, or in pairs. I graded them towards a special TBT grade. Other times it was a class thing, trying very hard not to let the same student dominate the discussion. A few times I left a few pages for my students to do when I was out and they had a sub. It was a lot of fun each week. The last Thursday of the year we played my Calculus Jeopardy Game.
Have fun!! and please leave feedback. I hope your students like this as much as mine.
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★ The Calculus Survival Kit, an incredible 90+ page resource for PreCalculus and Calculus teachers
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