What? I totally thought that was the coolest thing ever when I was in calculus.
But just because students aren't ready to dive into something yet doesn't mean I can't give them a sneak preview of things to come.
My classes recently did some activities with graphing calculators. Mostly stuff that looked like this:
|Hi, we're linear equations, and we're a little boring.|
|Flowers! Using math! So pretty!|
They're not going to learn rose curves this year. It's either next year or the year after (I need to check) that they'll cover polar functions. But kids who really wanted to know, I gave them a quick overview of how the polar graphing system works.
It got their attention, and got them asking, "What else can we do with graphs?"
And when they're asking questions, I'm happy.