Category Archives: mathematics

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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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: 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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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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      SMP #1:  Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. On a weekend walk with colleague, Amy Marquis, we got into a conversation about perseverance.  She had been sharing conversations her 8th grade AVID students had regarding the topic of personal … Continue reading

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Race Day (Part 3): The Results: Involving Inverse & Direct Variation Graphs

Here it is, the 3rd and final installment of Race Day.  Training is over.  The race has come and gone.  Celebrations have ended.  All that’s left is the analysis….         Before:  13.1 = xy         … Continue reading

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Race Day (Part 2): The Morning Of…

Race Day It’s January 18, 2015.  The morning of the Carlsbad Tri-City Half Marathon. The day I find out where my finishing time will be located on the inverse variation graph representing 13.1 = rt. I’m ready.  My ipod is charged. … Continue reading

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Race Day (Part 1): -Oh, The Possibilities!

I’m sure you know someone who’s entered a race whether it be, running, cycling, swimming, skating or skiing. A friend. Family member. A student. Yourself! Maybe you watch NASCAR, walk with a friend or commute to work?  If so, Then … Continue reading

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