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Before the Aviation Project this project did not exist. Components of the Aviation Project were taught without the aviation slant. The classes were taught in the traditional way with a teacher at the front of the classroom giving the students direction. Students took notes. The teacher gave some guided practice problems. The teacher checked for student understanding by looking at completed work. Homework was assigned to extend the learning.

Grade Level: 10th grade

Subject: Geometry

Learner Outcomes: Students were able to determine the area, volume, angles of elevation and depression, etc. using learned geometric and trig formulas.

Student Task: Students had the opportunity to listen to the teacher give instructions and guidance on various math topics. Homework was assigned to students to reinforce and extend student's learning.

Teacher Role: The teacher presented math concepts to students in a lecture and interactive form. The teacher demonstrated uses of math concepts through examples constructed on the board. The teacher evaluated student's understanding by asking questions, giving quiz questions, and having students model their work on the board.

Grouping: Students often worked along, but some grouping was allowed for complicated work.

Hook: Students saw the need to learn math as it related to the world. Students knew the college requirements for math. Students understood the need for the math knowledge for a grade, for the next class, etc.

Student-Directed Learning: None. The course was directed by the Math Department, Book Adoption, State Standards, SAT9 testing, and Exit Exam.

Use of Technology: Graphing calculators, LCD Panel, and an overhead projector were the only technological tools used.

Assessment: Grades were determined by the scores students earned on chapter tests, quizzes, and homework.

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Carla Decker (vhscdecker@hotmail.com)
School: Vallejo High, CA
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: December 28, 2002
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/aviation/mathunitdescription.htm