Green Globs as a Great
Tool for Teaching the Linear Equation, y = mx + b and more
advanced functions in the Context of the Great Green Globs Contest
Mr. Charischak recommended
Mr. Harner’s
class from McAuliffe M.S. have a challenge match with Mr. Schwarzberg’s
class and Mr. Ciggelakis’s class from Battin Middle School.
Since Mr. Harner’s class was
using
Green
Globs for most of the 2005-06 school year, his students had far more
experience using Green Globs than the eighth grade students at Battin.
Mr. Harner graciously volunteered to send his students to teach Mr.
Schwarzberg’s and Mr. Ciggelakis’s classes in April 2006. As a result,
students teaching students proved to be very successful. Green Globs
proved to be an exciting, engaging tool for students to understand the
Linear Equation, y = mx + b. Moreover, students taught students beyond
linear equations by showing other wave lines and elliptical lines.
Therefore, students experimented with equations containing powers of 2
or more. Green Globs proved to be an exciting, engaging tool for
students. y = mx + b is covered in both pre-algebra and algebra
textbooks. Green Globs proved to be a very worthwhile supplement to
textbook-oriented learning.
For more on the Contest at Battin and McAuliffe see http://www.ciese.org/math/elizabeth/globs/rocketnews.html