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Category Archives: Math Education
Desmos Polygraph Extension Task
Inspiration Toward the end of the school year, my colleague Jorge and I, had a regular gig coteaching 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
Posted in desmos, Google, Math Education, Uncategorized
Tagged desmos, elementary, Google, math education, Quadrilateral, technology
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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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