Author Archives: Cathy Yenca

Using Desmos Polygraph to Establish “Intellectual Need”

Have you seen Dan Meyer’s fun little “Pick a Point” geometry task? If not, watch this before reading on. Today, AFTER I’d already introduced polynomial vocabulary (not the most interesting topic) I had students play Desmos “Polygraph” with tasks created … Continue reading

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Teachable Moments

Five minutes before the end of class yesterday, a student made an interesting claim while everyone was working on something else. She said, “Did you know that by the time you’re 90 years old, you will have been asleep for 9 whole … Continue reading

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Highlights from #NCTMannual San Antonio

Glancing through the NCTM Annual program, I could almost feel my arms and legs being pulled in no less than 4 directions for any given session timeframe.  Respected colleagues in our community shared their expertise and I’m thankful to have … Continue reading

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Using Desmos on iPads… for the Math 8 STAAR Test… Take 3

This past week, we completed our third lap of using the iPad app “Desmos Test Mode” on the Math 8 STAAR test (with the option of also using a TI handheld graphing calculator).  If you’d like to see what we’ve … Continue reading

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Nearpod “Best Practices” For Math Class v2.0

Folks often ask questions about how various apps and tools can be used “for math”.  I’ve always felt that, to some extent, math as a content area can be a tricky fit for apps, tools, strategies, P.D. etc. etc. when … Continue reading

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MAD Fun: “The Sum Game”

About a year ago, Nathan Kraft blogged about a collaborative lesson design and experience to help students understand (and WANT to understand) the concept of mean absolute deviation.  This standard was added to 8th grade curriculum here in Texas three … Continue reading

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Nearpod iOS –> Draw –> Photo –> Homework Check!

It’s true, I’ve probably mentioned this strategy idea 59 times before this post, and some may tire of hearing about it.  But I just. can’t. overstate. how much I love using it, several times a week even.  It’s just that … Continue reading

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“We All Fall Down” #MTBoS #MTBoSblogsplosion Week 4

I had the great privilege of attending the #CTCTM Spring Conference last weekend.  In my keynote address, I shared about how two things that bring me great joy (and challenges) collided right there in Waco… the endless list of home … Continue reading

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Teaching ^(Adolescent Humans) Mathematics #MTBoS #MtbosBlogsplosion

This week’s #MTBoS #MTBoSblogsplosion theme is “soft skills”.  In a middle school mathematics classroom, I’d dare to say this topic is *almost* as important as the math content itself. The late Rita Pierson seals this truth in a simple sentence: Ramblings … Continue reading

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My Favorites #MTBoS #MtbosBlogsplosion

Happy New Year! This post is already late – whoops!  However, I can’t pass up an opportunity to share about a few of “My Favorites”.  If you haven’t heard, there’s a BlogSPLOSION happening in the Math-Twitter-Blog-O-Sphere (MTBoS) community, and you … Continue reading

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