I gave my calc kids a pop quiz last Friday. Yes, it was meant to scare them a bit into trying a little harder; but, ultimately, I wanted to gain some feedback on their knowledge. It was…not pretty.
It was clear to me that I needed to do some re-teaching. So, I did. You know how one example sometimes sheds great illumination? I think I discovered a really wonderful example today:
One kid came to me after school to tell me that after today’s re-teaching, things are making much more sense (hooray!). Then she said, “Remember that one example you did? The integral of 1/w dw?”
[At which point I thought, “Of course I remember, I only thought about this all weekend…” but I played it cool…]
“Oh yeah…what about it?”
“When we did that example, it just clicked! I was like, “Ohhh! This makes so much sense now!”
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Amazing what one little additional line can do…