I cannot believe the first quarter is coming to a close it seems like school just started. So many wonderful things have occurred in my classroom! In my head I have composed reflections but I have not quite made it to the computer to share. I will definitely come back to share what has been happening in my classroom (one experience is absolutely awesome!)

This summer at NCTM’s institute in Atlanta I was inspired to be a better teacher by focusing on student learning and conceptual understanding. I have vowed to be a better teacher before only to go back to my old ways. This year I have done much better at sticking to my goal! Although, there have been a couple times I caught myself going back to the same boring routine the difference is this year I am committed to making my classroom a community of learners. I recognize this is a lofty goal especially because I teach (academic) Math 3 which is comprised of 11th and 12th graders so trying to get them to cooperate and work together in teams and talk out loud about math is not an easy task, but I am not giving up!!

I have to implement a *“rich mathematical task”* for my class Interactions in the Mathematics Classroom. The timing for the task falls right in the middle of the rational’s unit which made trying to find a rich mathematical task a bit difficult. I made the decision to use technology, Desmos, to help students *determine *the vertical asymptotes and the horizontal asymptotes. I created an activity named Quotient of 2 Polynomials and Asymptotes. While building this activity I tried to keep focused on the learning and what it is I want students to understand after this activity? This led to many revisions and a lot of time researching and reading anything I could find about rational expressions, their graphs, and the asymptotes.

I feel pretty good about the activity! But is it a “rich mathematical task?” I am not sure. Did I provide too much scaffolding? Does it provide multiple entry points? I am worried students are going to tell me they don’t know what they are supposed to do and give up.

to be continued . . .