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Calculus I Workbook Changes

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Michelle Breaux
Monday, January 14, 2019 to Friday, May 10, 2019
What is the Need/Assessment?: 

The calculus I workbook needs to be updated.  The flow of the workbook is not meeting the needs of faculty and students.  

Describe the necessity for this change: 

The workbook does not have enough guiding questions to allow students to build upon concepts.  Also, I am finding myself jumping around and making changes to the workbook during class.

Describe what will be (or was) implemented to affect change: 

In December 2018, I made the following changes:  added table of contents and more guiding questions; changed the flow; added more conceptual questions; condensed practice problems; and included more review of graphing.  The new edition of the workbook is being used by two faculty this semester.     

Interpret, compare and describe the results of the change: 


Goals:  (1)  See deeper level thinking  (2) See more student discussion  (3) See critical thinking skill increase   (4)  See higher order thinking  (5) Have a better flow for faculty

After analyzing the information, what are the next steps?: 


Goals:  Work with Michelle to determine if workbook needs immediate updates or can be used as is for awhile


In fall 2010, I wrote a workbook to replace the $250 textbook.  Please note:  I do not receive royalties from this workbook.  The workbook (wb) was used in the calculus/physics learning community as well as traditional calculus classes by me only.  Over the years, I have made modification to the wb.  As I became more comfortable with the flow of the course, changing my pedagogy and curriculum because of what I have learned from Dwain and Angela in the learning community,  and really starting to grasp where students struggle and why, I adjusted the workbook.  In Fall 2017, Michelle Breaux began to teach calculus for the first time and adopted the wb, too.  Both Michelle and I wanted to see massive changes so that we had more guiding questions and conceptual content.  I hope the changes help Michelle and I with guiding our students to a deeper level of thinking and understanding.  

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