Some of my favorite conversations and collaborations have begun with a confession similar to this, “My kids aren’t getting ___________ (fill in the blank) the way I’ve been teaching it; I’d like to try something different.” Usually, a discussion of classroom activities and resources ensues. However, this year, I have been quick to recommend our new Library Learning Stations as a way to engage students and help them grasp concepts. One of my highlights has been hosting Mrs. Beth Stigall’s Algebra II classes for a Parent Function Learning Station Day. Yes, all of the concepts were mathematical, but we incorporated media and manipulatives to help students grasp the concepts and demonstrate their knowledge.
Station 1: Matching Graphs w/ a Calculator
Students viewed used graphing calculators to test equations and match them to their graph.
Station 2, 3, 4: Math Shorts and Virtual Nerd Parent Function Videos
Students viewed three different videos providing an overview of Functions and Parent Functions via these videos to explore input and output values and quadratic and linear equations..
Station 5: Graphing by Hand
Students completed a table of values to graph each function on the same coordinate plane.
Station 6: Graphing with Desmos App
Students used the Desmos App to check their graphs from Station 5.
If you are surprised to see Math classes in the library, perhaps you should extend an invitation to one of your innovative math instructors. These stations work well for introducing a concept, deepening student knowledge, or providing extensive review. A huge thanks to Mrs. Beth Stigall for observing other disciplines utilizing Library Learning Stations and then exploring ways to flip her classroom instruction to benefit her students.