Friday, February 8, 2013
Alex's Self Generated Instructional Essay: Polynomials
Song: It Don't Come Easy
Artist: Ringo Starr
As I had said before in a previous article...
Alex had written this essay on Polynomials while he was sitting in one
of his Math classes. He is taking Algebra and Geometry as review courses
in his school since he was previously home-schooled and the computer
courses he had taken to learn them were not accepted for credit
(Although he had taken Algebra while in the 4th grade officially
by sending him to an advanced 7th and 8th grade class...
they never fully completed the text by the end of the year...
so Alex completed it on his own at home).
So... he is receiving credit for these courses while getting refreshed in both.
At home, he is working ahead with Calculus courses at the moment.
He breezes through his review courses at school...
and so, he often has free time in his Math classes at school.
Alex told me that he noticed many of his classmates were having trouble with
some mathematical concepts and, in this particular instance, with Polynomials.
So, while sitting in his Algebra class...
Alex thought to write an instructional essay on Polynomials...
and he then presented it to his teacher and asked if he could get extra credit for it :)
She looked it over and approved it for extra credit if he also presented it to his class
(he did... and got his extra credit).
Below is Alex's paper...
completely unedited by anyone.
This was all Alex's idea and original paper
(Alex was telling me about polynomials in the 3rd grade...
he loved explaining about his major interest...Math :)
Alex loves teaching others.
He has always loved writing instructional papers.
His goal right now is to become a University Math Professor.
While his goals may change over time...
his love of teaching, I know, shall not.
Tomorrow is the Science Fair.
We will find out how Alex's Science project did.
if we are up to it (we are still recovering from the Flu)...
I would like to take Alex to the Northstar Snow Festival at Lake Tahoe.
I should have photos of the Science Fair tomorrow.