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.

Desmos: Random Generated Slope & Y-intercept Activities

Inspiration RandomGenerator is one of the functions within Desmos’ computational layer.  As I explored the feature, I began to see the benefits of random generated tasks.  Many experiments later, I’m publicly sharing my first random generated (RG) series.  This one … Continue reading

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Friday Night Lights in 5 Mediums

Inspiration The majority of my posts begin with an inspiration segment.  A few words explaining my motivation to write.  Originally, I was planning to write about podcasts with the inspiration segment focused on Friday Night Lights.  FNL lead me to podcasts. … Continue reading

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Desmos Polygraph Extension Task

Inspiration Toward the end of the school year, my colleague Jorge and I, had a regular gig co-teaching in Mrs. S’s 4th grade class. Jorge had been working with Mrs. S throughout the year on various projects. I joined the … Continue reading

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Hidden Picture: Double Digit Addition & Subtraction

The core group of G Suite apps are docs, slides, sheets and forms. All of which I’ve used over the past 2 years.  However, I recently discovered Google Apps Scripts, a hidden gem built into the suite.  Bottom line, I … Continue reading

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Kindergarten, Number Bonds & Desmos

Recently, I had the pleasure of teaching a kindergarten class for the very first time! My colleague, CeCe, invited me to teach a lesson on number bonds using my Desmos Number Bond Activity  The Lesson The Kinders sat on the … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day & Google Sheets

Inspiration My instructional tech team and I always receive grateful comments from our elementary teachers we share seasonal activities.  Most of the activities we shared were using Google slides.  I wanted to challenge myself and create a seasonal activity on … Continue reading

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Google Slides – Camera Feature

The Email This past week, I received the best email.  Michelle, a 7th grade math teacher and District Google Cohort member, shared with me her Google slide presentation on solving equations.  I immediately solved the first problem, snapped a picture … Continue reading

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A Guest Teacher’s Challenge

INSPIRATION My last post, Multiplying Fractions: A Desmos Area Model, blended conversations from the same lesson run in two different classrooms. Although the lesson flowed similarly in both rooms, there was one student who viewed the presented problems differently.  Gabe … Continue reading

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Multiplying Fractions: A Desmos Area Model

INSPIRATION I’ve been tinkering with area models for awhile, storing countless versions in my teacher.desmos.com account.  A few of my area models support the conceptual thinking of multiplying fractions.  Recently, I was approached by a coaching colleague, Crystal, to teach … Continue reading

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Google Slides: Disguise a Turkey

Inspiration During our last Google Cohort Meeting, my colleague, Nicole, shared Eric Curts‘ Google Slides activity, Build a Jack-O-Lantern with our elementary cohort teachers.  Students and teachers loved it. The computer skills focused within the activity are: Copy Paste Creating custom … Continue reading

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