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St. Patrick’s Day & Google Sheets

Inspiration My instructional tech team and I always receive grateful comments from our elementary teachers we share seasonal activities.  Most of the activities we shared were using Google slides.  I wanted to challenge myself and create a seasonal activity on … Continue reading

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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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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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Multiplying Fractions: A Desmos Area Model

INSPIRATION I’ve been tinkering with area models for awhile, storing countless versions in my teacher.desmos.com account.  A few of my area models support the conceptual thinking of multiplying fractions.  Recently, I was approached by a coaching colleague, Crystal, to teach … 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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Diving into Google Sheets: Adding Integers & Pixel Art Multiplication

Inspiration In August of 2014, I stepped out of the classroom to become a middle level math TOA/coach.  After 21 years of teaching, I craved a different challenge and found that challenge with Desmos.  Once I learned how to make … Continue reading

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Desmos Marbleslides: 10 Frame Addition

Inspiration Many many months ago, I saw an intriguing tweet. Kristin, @mathminds, had made a Desmos AB focused on 10 Frames and was inquiring about the possibility of an interactive one. Challenge excepted.  I viewed her inquiry as a chance to … Continue reading

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Desmos Polygraph: Geometry Basics

Today, I had the pleasure of introducing Desmos Polygraph: Geometric Basics to a group of 4th grade students.  It was my first time teaching in an elementary classroom and I enjoyed every minute. Starting To avoid answering the same question 100 times, … 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: Percent Challenges

Inspiration These days, I’ve been a bit obsessed with the double number line.  I love using it to teach proportional reasoning – especially percents.  Why? A double number line… Allows for flexible thinking. Expands on a single idea to present a bigger … Continue reading

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