I get so many questions on how to teach underprepared students Algebra 1 and this is such a difficult topic to answer because there are so many correct answers depending on your situation, your teaching style, your school situation, and the very special dynamics of your individual classrooms.read more
The eight Standards for Mathematical Practices should be integrated into your math instruction.
Every lesson in the members area gives you one MP to focus on with your students, but this should not be your only integration of the Mathematical Practices.
You can use this simple chart as a checklist to help you determine which practices you have incorporated into your mathematics instruction each day.read more
Why won’t you help me?
Nothing is more frustrating when you’re working your tail off to help students understand the concept and they all chime in “why won’t you help me?”, or “you never help me”. This is something I believe every teacher has been through at least once in their lifetime, if not once every day, or once every hour depending on whether or not it’s January, February, March, or April. LOL!
Before you lose your temper, and scream out “Really?” in that super sarcastic tone you try to keep out of your classroom, know that in the next couple weeks I’m going to give you a few strategies to help stop the “why don’t you ever help me?” cries in your classroom.read more
How do you like to end your class?
Many times these last few wasted minutes of class are just nothing more than a frustration and overwhelm to teachers. But these last few minutes can be so helpful to many students who struggle with simple math facts fluency.
This is how I like to end my classes with the last 3 or 4 minutes left after the kids are packed up and the calculators are turned off. We do what is called mental math. The kids look forward to this everyday and it has become such a routine that there is no complaining, it is simply a habit.read more
It seems like every year I set a new goal to get organized.
The problem is January came and February came and the cold came and the students got restless and it felt like the days went on and on. And before I knew it the piles are higher and I didn’t know where any of my files were. So a few years ago I found a few online programs that really help me turn it around.
I would love to share them with you. Please come to my online training on Monday evening, January 11th at 8 p.m. We will discuss some of the problems of staying organized in the classroom. And you will learn some free and easy programs that will allow you to stay organized even on your busiest day.read more
If you’ve never used Kahoot in your classroom you must try it soon. My students absolutely love to look for patterns, review concepts, and compete in the fun Kahoot way!
Kahoot is a fun interactive online quiz game with multiple choice answers. Every student will need their own device. The nice part is, any device will work.
Kahoot has been around for a while and it allows teachers to share the quizzes they’ve already made. This makes for an easy and quick set up for you. To try Kahoot for yourself you will need two devices: one to run the program, and one for you to act as the student to put in the answers.read more