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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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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 2015-2016 school year, I promoted vertical non-permanent surfaces (VNPS) whenever possible.  Lucky for me, Joe, a 7th/8th grade teacher, was interested and additional white … 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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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

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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

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3 Act Lesson: Volume of a Cylinder

My Inspiration Volume is measured in cubes, hence the label cubic units.  This concept is easy to visualize when building structures with 1 in³ cubes or when calculating the volume of a rectangular prism.  A cube is a special type … Continue reading

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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

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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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Desmos, Complementary Angles & SMP#3

********************************************************************** It started when my colleague, Mari, showed me her moveable pentagon.  At one point, the pentagon transformed into an angle which sparked an interest in angles – creating angles, moving angles, measuring angles.  I reached out to both Desmos and my … Continue reading

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