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Where I’m Presenting in 2017
Deer Park ISD Jan. 16, 2017
CTCTM Waco Jan. 21, 2017
AACTM Austin Feb. 4, 2017
NCTM San Antonio Apr. 67, 2017
iPadpalooza Austin June 58, 2017
ISTE San Antonio June 28, 2017
TASM Austin Oct. 16, 2017
NCTM Orlando Oct. 1820, 2017
Author Archives: Cathy Yenca
Precise Language and “The Baby”
My Math 8 students have been exploring linear functions. These kiddos learn about rate of change and initial value in contexts where slopeintercept form reigns, leaving other linear forms to be emphasized later in Algebra 1. We’ve also landed planes … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged communication, error analysis, homework, mathycathy, problem solving, review
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They Come PreProgrammed… So What’s Your Next Move?
The title of this post is an idea that I think about several times a week while I’m teaching and planning. Maybe you’ve been there. ~ You’re solving proportions and a kiddo with stars in her eyes exclaims, “The BUTTERFLY … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged #MTBoS, Algebra, Nix the Tricks, PreAlgebra, problem solving
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Is It Parallel? Using Desmos Card Sorts to Extend Student Thinking
Several years ago, I attended an EdCamp ATX event here in Austin. One of the sessions featured formative assessment strategies, and a particular task struck me. I wish I remembered her name, and I wish I still had the resource … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged Card Sort, communication, Desmos, formative, homework, mathycathy
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TASM MiniConference and #NCTMregionals Orlando
It’s been quite the conferencey week! I had the opportunity to share with math leaders from all over Texas at the TASM Fall MiniConference in Austin as well as present and hang out with math educators from all over at … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
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Desmos Learning Target Student Reflections (Inspired by a Tweet)
I’ve been MIA over here on this ol’ blog! Besides the usual backtoschool business, I’ve been having so much fun interacting with folks in the #ShadowCon17 followup online course for my “Seeking Students Who Hide” talk back in April at … Continue reading
ShadowCon FollowUp: Free Online Courses
I had the honor of sharing about two big ideas that impact teaching and learning in my classroom at the NCTM Annual Conference back in April – formative assessment and technology integration. This pairing can give every student a voice, … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged #Shadowcon17, assessment, Dan Meyer, Keynote, NCTM
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First Day Plans: Mine *DO* Include Smiling
When Nancy tweeted her “firstday firstyear big tweet“, I felt a tug at my heart for 2 reasons: Big tweet! https://t.co/U00rgMY96k — Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) August 5, 2017 Any tips for first day of first year of teaching?!?!? #MTboS — … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged #iteachmath, #MTBoS, #PushSend, #SundayFunday, communication, Dan Meyer, error analysis, First Day Plans, nearpod, problem solving, Tackk, Twitter
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ADE Academy #ADE2017 – Unforgettable!
This was my first opportunity to attend an Apple Distinguished Educator Academy that welcomed in a new class of ADEs. I’ve been looking forward to returning as an alumna while having the chance to welcome a new crew, and I’m … Continue reading
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#ISTE17 Reflections: Post 3 (of 3)
I hope your summer has been as equally rich and relaxing as mine has been thus far! I’m still working on striking the balance between presenting and meeting folks at professional conferences, traveling for pleasure, spending time with family and … Continue reading
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#ISTE17 Reflections Post 2 (of 3)
My #ISTE17 Post 1 focused on ways to thoughtfully and purposefully let go of classroom control to foster a growth mindset, while also providing students with brain breaks. Up next… 2. Giving students choices! 3. Having students create, create, create! We … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged #ISTE17, #MTBoS, assessment, Book Creator, GarageBand, iPad, mathycathy, Tuniversity
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