Category Archives: Math Education

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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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 2015-2016 school year, I promoted vertical non-permanent surfaces (VNPS) whenever possible.  Lucky for me, Joe, a 7th/8th grade teacher, was interested and additional white … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Tap Tap Trigonometry

Tap Tap Trigonometry, a spin-off 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

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Desmos: An Introduction to Irrational Numbers

Recently, I co-taught 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

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Desmos & Writing a line in Slope-Intercept Form

One of my teachers asked me to incorporate a different perspective on writing a line in slope-intercept 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

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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

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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

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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

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