Because it’s the two weeks of AP testing, these PreCalc juniors are quite busy. To accommodate the desire for less work outside of the classroom, I’m giving them two 30 minute sections of free time in class to work on a take home exam. Pretty good work for the last 30 min of a Wednesday in May with beautiful weather outside.
Sidenote: At the end of every year I ask the students what worked and what didn’t on their end of the year evaluation of the class. And every year the students cite take homes as something that worked well. They get a ton out of the collaborative work with others. They traditionally have a test on the day that the take home is due as well, so it’s can be the best studying possible.
Make sure you take your time with the take homes!!!!!!! they make a huge difference.
Take home tests and class-work are filled with collaboration, find the smart kid or Anderson and see how they do the problem if you’re lost. In calculus we continue to use maths we learned on day 1 for the rest of the year, so it’s integral that you fix you’re mistakes as the year goes on as it will affect how you do on the next day.