Archive for December, 2012

A Calculus Wedding

December 5, 2012 4 comments

We had a wedding in Calculus.  I gave the students a copy of an invitation the day before, asking them to come dressed in black and white to observe the occasion.  I purchased a cake for the event and provided a bouquet of flowers for the bride.  On the day of the wedding, students arrived in suits and dresses.  I was really surprised with the effort the students put into this event.  I thought they would think it was cheesy, but I guess they know me by now and expect nothing less.  One student went as far as to  borrow a wedding dress from the theater department.

Calculus Photo

I allowed the students to vote for a female student to represent Deriva, the Derivative and a male student to represent Integroom, the Integral.  Each person was allowed to select an attendant.  I played the wedding march and directed the ceremony, officially wedding the Integral and the Derivative using The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.  The wedding was all the buzz of the school and several students in Pre Calculus came to ask me about it.

 This is my first year teaching Calculus and AP Calculus.  I think it is important for the class that we establish an identity in the school so other students see the importance of being in such a rigorous class.  My goal next semester is to order t-shirts for us.  Does anybody else have any good ideas for setting the AP Calculus class apart?

Categories: Calculus, General