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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
Posted in desmos, math, Math Education, technology
Tagged desmos, math discourse, nets, SMP#3, surface area, technology
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Rethinking Classroom Design: Collaborative Stations, VNPS & Desmos
Twitter Math Camp ’15 sent me down the vertical classroom path (Click here to read post). Throughout the 20152016 school year, I promoted vertical nonpermanent surfaces (VNPS) whenever possible. Lucky for me, Joe, a 7th/8th grade teacher, was interested and additional white … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, Math Education, TMC15, Twitter Math Camp
Tagged classroom design, collaboration, collaboration stations, desmos, equations, math, math education, Vertical classroom, VNPS
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Collaborative Group Roles – How I Became a Fan
As the title suggests, I was not always a fan of group roles. I didn’t buy into the concept and often thought, I can see it working for other teachers but not for me. I’ve changed my tune. Here’s my … Continue reading
Desmos, Dilations & The Vertical Classroom
This is a story about a Desmos Activity Builder that flopped The changes that transformed it into a successful activity 1st time teaching the lesson: Mrs. Paine’s room I’m excited to test out the Desmos Activity Builder on Dilations with students. The lesson started … Continue reading
Tap Tap Trigonometry
Tap Tap Trigonometry, a spinoff of Algebrainiac1’s Dance Dance Transversal, involves students tapping out the ratios for sine, cosine and tangent to a beat. As I described in my blog post, Dance Dance Transversal – A Guide, Algebrainiac’s the originator … Continue reading
Posted in kinesthetic, math, Math Education, Trigonometry, Uncategorized
Tagged kinesthetic, math, math education, sohcahtoa, tap, trigonometry
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Desmos: An Introduction to Irrational Numbers
Recently, I cotaught a lesson with a colleague where students investigated square roots. The lesson revolved around the following Desmos Activity Builder task. Afterwards, I blogged about the experience and sent the post to my teachers. Peytra, a six grade … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, Irrational Numbers, math, math coach, Math Education, mathematics, Pi, technology, Uncategorized
Tagged desmos, education, Irrational Numbers, math, math education, square roots, squares
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Desmos & Writing a line in SlopeIntercept Form
One of my teachers asked me to incorporate a different perspective on writing a line in slopeintercept form when given two points. As I drafted notes, I thought, “Why not write the steps in my blog”. I’ll have a hard … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, equations, graphing, linear equations, Math Education, mathematics, SlopeIntercept Form, Uncategorized
Tagged desmos, education, equations, graph, Linear, math, math education, points, slope, slopeintercept form, yintercept
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Teaching Tips from a Toddler
A mom, grandmother and 2 toddlers walk into a Barber Shop …. The Barber Shop was jamming. Guys, young and old, patiently waited for their Thanksgiving Day haircut. Simon, a curious 3 year old, had to wait his turn. To pass the … Continue reading
Posted in building relationships, Math Education, teaching, Uncategorized
Tagged education, math education, teaching
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A Touch of Number Sense
About 4 years ago, I purchased a Groupon for 10 yoga lessons. Being a former gymnast, I quickly noticed a connection between yoga and gymnastics. Both disciplines combine strength, balance and grace in a flow reminiscent of a beam or floor routine. When my Groupon … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, Number Sense, Number Talk
Tagged math, math education, Number Sense, Number Talk, Ruth Parker, Sherry Parrish
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Combining Like Terms w/ Desmos
For the first 3 weeks of the school year, the math coaches are stationed at the District Office. This being the 3rd and final week, we’re transitioning from the DO to working at our respective sites. On Monday, I sent out a … Continue reading