Not intentionally–I had to Google what MVP is as a program. I now remember that I have looked into it briefly. The school where I currently work would not have the teacher support to use such a program. I love my colleagues, but they are pretty traditional in how they teach. They will incorporate some of my activities, though.
I made the lesson up myself. I have a similar lesson that I used to introduce a linear inequalities a month or so ago. After the work I put into this lesson, I will be updating that activity next year to provide more feedback.
I have been teaching for 25 years out of different programs (University of Chicago School Math Project, Core Plus Integrated Math, Key Curriculum’s Discovery series, Paul Foerster’s Calculus, as well as many traditional type textbooks.) So I have had a great deal of exposure to many different types of curriculum.
I teach a course for students who struggle with math, and I have been slowly building some Desmos activities that fit with my curriculum to use with those students. Honestly, I have a curriculum outline to which I adhere, but I have a lot of leeway when it comes to the course details. We covered voting methods for 2 weeks last month because I decided to add it this year, I have some statistics coming up next semester. A little graph theory might be on the horizon next semester. Those “little breaks” from traditional content provides a change of pace for the students, and also helps those students who struggle with the algebraic part of the course recover some grades and be successful in other parts of math.
I have been building activities on Desmos for a few years now, but
I finally dipped my toe in the CL part of Desmos this year (maybe last spring?!?), and so I am now putting together activities that I think help math “make sense” for my students who struggle with it.
I have been teaching such courses my entire career (I also teach AP/Dual Credit Calc), so it feels that with tools like Desmos and MyOpenMath (online homework system in which I have also learned to code problems), I can truly create courses that reflect my ideas on what is important.
So I offer my thanks to the Desmos team for providing such wonderful tools for us to create content. And thanks to you, as well, if you work for Desmos or just volunteer your time helping people on this forum.
I tend to follow this lesson up with a Desmos project on Linear Programming (we use Desmos to graph, but we have to write the inequalities and analyze the results ourselves), but we are close to the end of the semester, so I do not have time for it this year.
I am sorry I rambled a bit here–I don’t get to talk curriculum much with people. I hope you stuck around until the end.