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A Guest Teacher’s Challenge

INSPIRATION My last post, Multiplying Fractions: A Desmos Area Model, blended conversations from the same lesson run in two different classrooms. Although the lesson flowed similarly in both rooms, there was one student who viewed the presented problems differently.  Gabe … Continue reading

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Desmos Graph: Adding Positive & Negative Fractions w/ Dynamic Labels

Inspiration For the past 15 months, I’ve been working on fraction models.  When I brought the models to students, the resulting conversations were great.  Just what I was hoping for.  The downside stemmed from the behind the scenes “coding”.  My original … Continue reading

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Flashcards for Faridabad

My Inspiration My niece Kyra, who graduated from college in December, made plans to travel before settling down with a job.  She posted her traveling adventures on social media.  My heart skipped a beat when I saw the picture to … Continue reading

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Teacher Moves – Soft Skills

 A long term substitute, who’s currently in a credentialing program, recently made this observation. 8 “In my program, I’m shown all these activities and my professors assume students want to participate.  They (professors) don’t tell us what to do when … Continue reading

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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

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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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Algebra Tiles: How Desmos Came to My Rescue

I first used Algebra Tiles, back in the 90’s, when I was teaching 8th grade and then continued to use them when I switched to 7th grade.  Now that I’m a math coach, I’ve been helping teachers learn how to integrate Algebra Tiles … 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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Designing & Implementing a 3-Act Lesson: The Drumstick Dash

If we want innovative students, we need to be innovative leaders and educators.                                                       … Continue reading

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