Monthly Archives: January 2015

Trading Worksheets for Desmos

Michael Fenton has come up with some very creative ways to use Desmos.  The “Match My Graph” mini-challenges on his blog provide students with opportunities to create and revise their thinking with immediate visual feedback from their graphs.  With Michael’s … Continue reading

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What is a “Math Coach”?

From 2008-2011, I served as a “math coach” in Pennsylvania.  The position was grant-funded, and there were no guarantees (or expectations, frankly) that the position would last beyond the first year.  The timing was perfect – I had been at … Continue reading

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Nearpod Popcorn Picker (Student Responses Too)

I’m not going to lie.  It was disappointing that my students so easily fell for Dan Meyer’s Popcorn Picker problem today.  A *very* small subset of students realized that, just because the sheets of paper had the exact same area, this did … Continue reading

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#10GoodThings

It’s been fun getting to (virtually) know more and more math Tweeps in the #MTBoS.  One such bud, Jon Orr, tagged me to compose a #10GoodThings post to reflect on “good things” that are happening with my little corner of the … Continue reading

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Nearpod Homework Reports: Worth the 40+ page PDF

I had a field day with data after assigning several Nearpod lessons using the “homework” feature this week. What’s great about the homework feature is that students can take on the lesson and embedded activities and assessments at their own pace. … Continue reading

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2015 First Day Back

I spent the first half of my day at a high school math textbook vendor fair.  Having a substitute felt awkward – it was tough to NOT be in my classroom to welcome students back and crack corny jokes about how … Continue reading

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Some Top 4’s – Another “Reflecting on 2014” Post

‘Tis the season for reflection and hopefully a bit of relaxation.  I’ve taken a break from math and ed-tech the past few weeks to spend QT with family (some days I took a break from just about everything… darn you, … Continue reading

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