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Calculator Tutorials for Interactive Notebooks

Emily Smith shares a graphing calculator tutorial interactive notebook page. Emily is a first year teacher from Mississippi.  She and her coworkers have been creating interactive notebooks this year with their Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 students.

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Graphing Calculator Tutorial

I am in love with the idea of gluing in a picture of the graphing calculator and coloring the buttons that are used to complete a certain task.  Did you notice that the color on the buttons and the color in the notes coordinate?  Now, that’s CWP – Color With A Purpose!

I am DEFINITELY stealing this idea for next year!  I get so tired of having to re-explain the steps to doing certain tasks on the graphing calculator.  I’m excited that I will be able to direct students to their notebooks when they have a question!

Emily also shared a picture of her beautiful notebook cover!  For the past two years, I’ve simply written my name on the cover of my composition notebook with a Sharpie.  No more!  Next year, I’m going to start off the year with a customized notebook cover!

This school year isn’t even over, and my to-do list for this summer is already growing by leaps and bounds!  

Algebra 1 Examples of Calculator Tutorials

I had each of my classes glue in a copy of the calculator buttons and a pocket to hold calculator tutorials in the front of our notebooks in the resource section.

I took the TI-30XS tutorials from materials in Guide for Teachers posted by Texas Instruments.  I formatted them to print 2 to a page.

Algebra 2 Examples of Calculator Tutorials

Calculator Steps for Finding Roots/Solutions/Zeroes/X-Intercepts

Graphing Calculator Tutorial

High school students shouldn’t need the reminder of left and right, but some sadly do.

Graphing Calculator Tutorial

Color with a purpose to mark keys in step-by-step instructions.  I would definitely type this up for kids in the future!

Graphing Calculator Tutorial

Calculator steps for finding relative max/min on a graph

Graphing Calculator Tutorial
Graphing Calculator Tutorial
Graphing Calculator Tutorial

Statistics Example of Calculator Tutorials

Free Download of TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator INB Template

Jennifer Cook shared a version she created for the TI-Nspire.

TI-Nspire Calculator 2 to a Page (WORD) (759 downloads )

Carolyn Spencer

Thursday 1st of May 2014

I love the picture of the calculator!! Great idea, Emily! Sarah, your blog was one of the main reasons I started blogging. I loved the way you blogged for yourself, but it's so useful for so many other teachers. Thanks so much for sharing what you do! I'm still at the stage where I get excited over 100 views, but I could never have imagined how much I would benefit from reflecting on my teaching by blogging.

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Wednesday 7th of May 2014

I have been enjoying your blog so much lately! You have amazing ideas, and I'm so thankful that you are sharing them! Don't stop! :)

Blogging for yourself is definitely the way to go. I've stopped asking myself "Will this interest anybody else?" And, I've just started posting whatever interests me. I've been amazed by the response I get to some of these random ramblings. People are still reading my blog, so I guess I haven't scared too many people off with my randomness. :)


Thursday 1st of May 2014

Here is a link to my blog. I teach pre-algebra, algebra 2 and geometry, but next year I am going to teach 8th grade and algebra. You have given so many ideas and helped me keep my moral up here at the end of the year. I haven't really blogged a lot about my teaching, but I hope to maybe start.

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