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So you have chosen your favorite tool and you have been using it more with your students. How is it going? I hope that by focusing on one thing you are able to feel more confident and a better sense of accomplishment. And maybe it is saving you time and hassle?read more
There are so many great tools and resources to use in your classroom. Tools that help students to learn and understand, tools to help keep students on task or engaged, tools that make our jobs easier. We hear about graphars like desmos and geogebra, and then interactives from illustrative mathematics and Khan Academy, then of course there are games from IXL and Mangahigh, but what about theread more
Building trust with students can be hard. Especially if they have been fearful of teachers in the past. Here are a few things you can do to build trust with your students.read more
Teaching the concept of the line of best fit can put together a lot of strategies and skills. Today I would love to share with you a couple of my favorite worksheets and activities that engage students.read more
It is so hard to give up the notion, “If they don’t know this, they can’t learn that.” I see it all the time, this arrow on learning and it does not fit how children learn.
It simply does not make sense.read more
[Reposted from June 2012. I have received a lot of questions about function notation, so I thought we could add our comments here.]
Wow! What a big and open topic. I look at the examples given at Illustrative Mathematics and it was not what I would have come up with.
Katy is told that the cost of producing x DVDs is given by C(x)=1.25x+2500. She is then asked to find an equation for C(x)x, the average cost per DVD of producing x DVDs.
How do you define extrinsic motivation?
I was rereading the book Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen, and the topic of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation became the focus. It surprised me that extrinsic motivation was shown in such a positive light. It has almost been like a dirty word in my school district and many of the school districts around here.read more
Have you heard about Periscope?
Periscope is a new video streaming app for IOS and Android. It allows you (or anyone) to broadcast to an audience and it allows the viewers to interact with the presenter live. These broadcasts can be live or private and therefore bring many opportunities for educators.read more
Have you ever given an assessment and been totally surprised by the results?
This is a frustrating and fixable situation. We need to recap what a good assessment is and what it is not to be able to understand the solution and gain the power of assessments in our classrooms.
A good summative assessment has a purpose that must include;read more
This video caught my attention. And not because of the great lesson. The number one reason a teacher will reach out to me is because they feel alone within their building. Whether they are the only Algebra teacher, math teacher, or the only teacher that wants to move towards a new style of teaching, your classroom can be a lonely place.read more