This year, I’ve been resting on all the worksheets and smartboards I’ve made in years past. Because of the time commitment spent heading the disciplinary committee and implementing SBG in calculus, there just hasn’t been time to reinvent the (unit circle) wheel. It actually kinda sucks, because I love creating new lessons, worksheets, smartboards, whathaveyou. It makes me look at whatever I’m teaching from a fresh perspective, because I’m forced to ask “how do I want to approach this topic so that my kids will get it.” I don’t know why I love it, but I do. When I’m using my existing material, I am not forced to ask that question a second time. And when I am using someone else’s material, I don’t get any say in the matter.
Anyway, for reasons beyond me, I can’t seem to find anything I made in years past on piecewise functions for my Algebra II kids. I decided to whip up a guided worksheet which would be at their level and walk them through it. My book and Ms. Cookie both approach piecewise functions in the same way. It’s actually a way I really like. But introducing it in this way, and having them make these charts, takes time I don’t have. I am not sure it will make sense to my kids if presented as an opening salvo. I think it’d make a lot more sense if they first get a basic introduction to piecewise functions, and then see it work with these numerical tables.
So for the first time in a long time, I whipped (my hair back and forth…) up a guided worksheet that I hope will go over well: