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Author Archives: Cathy Yenca
Desmos Breakout “Escape Room” Activities = Amazing Review
At several teacher workshops over the past few years, I’ve experienced “Escape Room” tasks that married the novelty of “breaking out” with academic content. SUPER FUN! This idea was on my neverending “TO DO” list of things I’ve learned and … Continue reading
Play Kahoot! and Downplay the Time Factor
Lisa Bejarano and her apprentice teacher Eric recently shared insight on workarounds while students play Kahoot! for math. I loved reading these ideas, as those of us who have used Kahoot! in math class may have experienced the following: Students … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged Algebra, assessment, communication, formative, Kahoot!
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Using Socrative for… You Guessed it… Socratic Questioning
My Math 8 students have discovered and applied the Pythagorean Theorem. Our next move this week was to address the following standard: 8.7(D) Determine the distance between two points on a coordinate plane using the Pythagorean theorem. “The book”, being … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged #MTBoS, assessment, formative, Socrative, technology, text book
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Kahoot! Studio and Retrieval Practice
In my experience, many students LOVE Kahoot! The game… the competition… the music… the leaderboard… all of it. And by now, it’s almost cliche to say “it’s NOT about the tool, it’s how you USE the tool that matters”. As … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
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Mathy New Year! Oh Yeah… I Teach Math.
So I’ve been away from the classroom for twoandahalf weeks. I’ve celebrated the holidays with a house full of guests and friends, and braved Disney World at this most wonderful time of the year (in unseasonably cold temps) so forgive … Continue reading
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