Thursday, November 22, 2007

Let there be light on Limits and Derivatives

This past Monday, I was called to substitute for the high school Math teacher at Balmoral Hall. I love going there because the girls are so interesting, and they are such great students. Unfortunately, I had three classes of Calculus during the day, and much of that work is stuff that I have LONG forgotten, including the Chain Rule, work on Sinusoidal Curves and and an assignment on Limits and Derivatives. Thankfully the day ended with some work I am much more familiar with, some regular Algebra and Problem Solving, so I felt a little more able to assist the girls with that aspect of work.

Upon recalling the assignments of that day, I actually made a realistic connection of the work to some pragmatic situations. Tomorrow I will be presenting a workshop to art teachers at the provincial Special Area Group Conferences. When I did this last year, I had prepared such a lengthy and detailed presentation, I realized that this year I will have to limit my projections due to a number of uncontrolled factors..time, lunch arrangements, etc. So, it will be a rather basic presentation of some fundamental techniques in polymer clay, making some rudimentary canes and utilizing those in some derivatives like the light switch cover and other items that we'll be working on.

Today I am up to here loading boxes with pasta machines, tools, clay that I've divided into twenty bags, handouts etc., and will be happy when this is done. I am looking forward to the atelier and am excited to present but ....gak...the preparation is a LOT of work. Sort of like teaching, lol.

So if any teachers in my province are reading this, I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow and best wishes for an enlightening conference, no matter what event you will be attending.

1 comment:

Tina Holden said...

Love some of your new work, Fishy :), your purses!!! but the calculus part, lol, my head spins already and I cannot remember a thing!