
Recent Posts
Follow me on Twitter
My TweetsRecent Comments
jgvadnais on St. Patrick’s Day &… laurel cutting on St. Patrick’s Day &… Chris Hansen on Tap Tap Trigonometry jgvadnais on Tap Tap Trigonometry Chris Hansen on Tap Tap Trigonometry Tags
 3Act
 20time
 activity builder
 addition
 Algebra Tiles
 angle relationships
 Challenges
 collaboration
 Collaborative Group Roles
 common core
 Communicating
 d=rt
 desmos
 division
 education
 elementary
 equations
 equivalent fractions
 Football
 fractions
 genius hour
 Genius Hour Proposal
 google apps
 google sheets
 Grade 6
 graph
 graphs
 Instructional Technology
 Inverse variation
 kinesthetic
 Linear
 livebinders
 math
 Math coach
 math education
 modeling with mathematics
 MTBoS
 multiplication
 negative
 nets
 percents
 Perserverance
 Pi
 Pi Day
 professional development
 progressions
 proportional Reasoning
 Pythagorean Theorem
 Quadrilateral
 running
 scaffolding
 Scavenger Hunt
 slope
 SMP#1
 SMP #2
 SMP#3
 SMP#4
 square roots
 squares
 St. Patrick's Day
 student discourse
 Student Thinking
 subtraction
 SundayFunday
 surface area
 technology
 thinking maps
 Vertical classroom
 VNPS
 vocabulary
 White boards
 yintercept
 zone of proximal development
 ZPD
Tag Archives: desmos
Desmos: Ordering Fractions on a Number Line
A couple of months ago, my team and I ran a Desmos workshop for elementary teachers. Two activities were highlighted. The first was an individually paced challenge AB (activity builder). The second activity shared can be run as a … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, fractions, Uncategorized
Tagged desmos, fractions, Number Line, Ordering, technology
3 Comments
#ObserveMe: A Professional Development Opportunity
With 2 weeks of wonderful experiences to share, I sat down at my computer ready to blog. However, my mind kept jumping from story to story. I was unable to pick one experience to highlight. I decided, instead, to discuss the … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged #ObserveMe, desmos, math education, professional development, Robert Kaplinsky
Leave a comment
Comparing Fractions w/ Desmos
For the past few days, I’ve been hanging out with Mrs. Becker’s (Peytra) 6th grade exploratory class. We both like experimenting with new strategies and often use her exploratory kiddos as guinea pigs. Our recent experiment – Fractions. Last year I … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, fractions, Uncategorized
Tagged Comparing Fractions, desmos, elementary, equivalent fractions, fractions, grade 4, grade 5, Grade 6, math education, SMP #2
3 Comments
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
1 Comment
Desmos, Progressions & Supplementary Angles
Summer! The time to catch up on sleep, projects around the house and blog posts. This post is the 3rd in a 3 part series I started back in February. I spent two days working with Candace and her 7th grade … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, Uncategorized
Tagged common core, desmos, education, math, progressions, SMP, Standards of Mathematical Practices, Supplementary Angles, technology
1 Comment
Building Academic Language w/ a Desmos Box & Whisker Polygraph
Before school ended, I had the pleasure of running a Box & Whisker Polygraph created by 2 colleagues, Tim Rochester and J.J. Martinez in Carmen’s 6th grade classes. She had not yet introduced Box & Whisker Plots. Afterwards, I brought … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, Uncategorized
Tagged desmos, math, math education, ploygraph, technology, vocabulary
6 Comments
Nets, Surface Area & Desmos
Before explaining the lesson, I’d like to thank Monica, Allison and Peytra for allowing me to field test this Desmos Activity Builder with their students. If it wasn’t for their flexibility, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to refine the activity. … Continue reading
Progressions: Fraction Fact Families
This, my district’s second year implementing Common Core strategies, has been the year of PROGRESSIONS. As the months flew by, the use of the word progressions increased. Being a math coach, I’ve spent time studying and discussing the progression of standards … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged common core, desmos, fractions, multiple representations, progressions
7 Comments
The Zeroth Power: Desmos & VNPS
Inspiration Negative exponents can be a confusing topic for many students. Due to time constraints, I’ve focused more on the rules in lieu of introducing negative exponents conceptually. As a result, students become confused on how the negative exponent effects … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, Uncategorized
Tagged base, desmos, exponent, math, math education, negative, Vertical classroom, VNPS, zeroth power
1 Comment
Using Assessing & Advancing Questions
This post Describes the opening activity for the 2nd day of a 2 day lesson plan. Day 1: Desmos, Complementary Angles & SMP#3 Connects the opening activity with assessing and advancing questions The blog post describing the rest of the … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged Advancing, Assessing, Collaborative Group Roles, desmos, math, math education, Questioning
2 Comments