Category Archives: math

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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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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A Day in the Life of an Instructional Coach

Monday January 11, 2016   First day back from Winter Break! 7:30 a.m.  I met with Kari and Jamie.  Kari’s a 50% teacher who just picked up a math intervention class for second semester.  Jamie’s our principal.  We discussed a … 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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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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TMC15: Through the Eyes of an Introvert

Giddy:  Feeling or showing great happiness and joy Giddy:  What I felt carpooling to my first Twitter Math Camp (TMC15) I knew TMC15 was going to be a great experience but, truth be told, being immersed in an environment filled with … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day – Desmos Style

Growing up in an Irish family outside of Boston, St. Patrick’s day was a special holiday – especially since my dad and his siblings are first generation Irish Americans.  One of our traditions … skipping school on March 17th and spending it together … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Ultimate Pi Day

Pi =3.14159265359… Pi Day: March 14th (3/14) The Ultimate Pi Day:  3/14/15 (A once in a lifetime event) The Ultimate Pi Moment is:  March 14, 2015 at 9:26:53 Countdown to The Ultimate Pi Moment ************************************************************************************ For years, I’ve entertained the … Continue reading

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The Power of a Skillfully Scaffolded Lesson – An Interview with Chris Depew

The Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) is defined as the gap between what a learner has already mastered (the actual level of development) and what he or she can achieve when provided with educational support (potential development). In order to determine … Continue reading

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