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.

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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Collaboration Tip 2: Don’t. Touch. Your. Computer!

The other day, I had the pleasure of running the Desmos Activity Builder, Nets & Surface Area: Rectangular Prisms, with Mrs. Keser’s 6th grade math classes.  I’ve updated the opening of the activity, since I first wrote about it back … Continue reading

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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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