Author Archives: jgvadnais

About jgvadnais

Math Coach. Desmos Fellow. Google Level 1 Certified. SoCal transplant. New Englander at heart. Lover of yoga, dogs, green smoothies and coffee.

Organizing an Instructional Technology TOA

This is my first August as an Instructional Technology TOA and my colleagues and I are off the hook busy.  It’s common for me to start my day at the district office before heading off to 1 or 2 school … Continue reading

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First Day Plans: Chips & Salsa

The Days Leading up to the First Day  Last school year my district created a new department, Instructional Technology and Accountability, of which I am now a member.  We were tasked with preparing 2000 plus teachers for the integration of … Continue reading

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2017 – 18 Goal: Empower Teachers

  I’m highly goal oriented.  It’s normal for me to be working towards a variety of goals – Personal, professional, short term and long term. When I came across @ExploreMTBoS‘s tweet about their new blogging challenge, I grabbed my computer and … Continue reading

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Desmos Graph: Adding Positive & Negative Fractions w/ Dynamic Labels

Inspiration For the past 15 months, I’ve been working on fraction models.  When I brought the models to students, the resulting conversations were great.  Just what I was hoping for.  The downside stemmed from the behind the scenes “coding”.  My original … Continue reading

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Diving into Google Sheets: Adding Integers & Pixel Art Multiplication

Inspiration In August of 2014, I stepped out of the classroom to become a middle level math TOA/coach.  After 21 years of teaching, I craved a different challenge and found that challenge with Desmos.  Once I learned how to make … Continue reading

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Desmos Polygraph: The Periodic Table

  Desmos is not just for math teachers. To support this point, I created a Polygraph activity using elements from the Periodic Table. Eager to field test the Polygraph, I reached out to a few 8th grade science teachers.  Heather Wingo took me up … Continue reading

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Desmos Marbleslides: 10 Frame Addition

Inspiration Many many months ago, I saw an intriguing tweet. Kristin, @mathminds, had made a Desmos AB focused on 10 Frames and was inquiring about the possibility of an interactive one. Challenge excepted.  I viewed her inquiry as a chance to … Continue reading

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Flashcards for Faridabad

My Inspiration My niece Kyra, who graduated from college in December, made plans to travel before settling down with a job.  She posted her traveling adventures on social media.  My heart skipped a beat when I saw the picture to … Continue reading

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Desmos Polygraph: Geometry Basics

Today, I had the pleasure of introducing Desmos Polygraph: Geometric Basics to a group of 4th grade students.  It was my first time teaching in an elementary classroom and I enjoyed every minute. Starting To avoid answering the same question 100 times, … Continue reading

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Desmos: Gr 6 Inequalities

I recently co-taught Andrew Stadel’s 6th grade Desmos Activity Builder on Iequalities with Monica, Joe and Allison. This post is a summary of what happened in the different classes.     The AB was facilitated using the Desmos Classroom Conversation Toolset.  In general, I … Continue reading

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