Today I began assisting and sitting in on a one-week Advanced Placement Summer Institute at Western Kentucky University. I am helping in the beginning and experienced Calculus AB teachers’ workshop led by Benita Albert from Oak Ridge in Tennessee. Even though the workshop is geared towards helping high school teachers convey the material better, I have learned a lot of new techniques for teaching my own college students.
Benita claims she is crazy for many reasons. One of the most interesting I heard from her today is how she looks at students and people and sees functions. It has gotten me to thinking, what type of function do I want her to see me as. Have you ever associated functions with people? What would you like the characteristics of your function to be?