Day 100: Getting Ready for T3 in Orlando
I am sooooo excited. Once again I am heading to a Texas Instruments International Conference this year in Orlando, Flordia. As a TI Regional Instructor, I’ve run enough week-end workshops, attended enough PDs and helped out in other ways to earn a free round-trip air fare and hotel lodging for the 5 days! Since I will be presenting my Precalculus Folder Activity, I get a free registration! Whoot-whoot! I learn so much at these conferences. I think the T3 conferences have such great sessions and opportunities for collaboration with teachers from around the world as well as around the country. Love, love LOVE it!
The downside is prepping for a sub for 3 days. In my precalculus classes, not so bad as I will have them complete a Mathematics of Finance packet where they explore Present and Future interest situations. I usually have them do an online exploration of these rates by “shopping” for a home and then determining the going interest rate and their monthly payment. Also have them “invest” in an annuity to see how much they can make over a given time period. Since I won’t be there, I decided it would be too much for a “non-math” sub to handle. The packet still gives them some interesting situations to explore.
AP Stats is a different situation! They will have their test on confidence intervals on Wednesday, but then we are starting in on significance tests. So many places to develop misconceptions even when I’m there. So I spent almost 2 days over our mid-winter break just prepping for my absence in stats. I needed to re-write handouts and activities so my neo-statisticians could proceed without me. I also hunted for videos that would accurately explain concepts like p-values and alpha-levels, processes like writing hypotheses, and the general rationale behing a significance test. I think they will be in good virtual hands.