Category Archives: Pre-Algebra

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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How Old?

The other evening, I was sitting with my husband and son at a candlelight Christmas service, singing carols and feeling merry.  One of the carols mentioned “shepherds” and right on cue, my 11-year-old son leans over and whispers… “There are … Continue reading

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Brain-Friendly Ways to Break It

Years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a workshop with Judy Willis.  Willis is a former neurologist who chose to apply her brain science expertise by becoming… a math teacher!  Though her time is spent educating educators now, her career … Continue reading

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Taking a Risk

My students are brand new to linear relationships, and it’s been so much fun watching them make connections.  We’ve been focused on applying slope to scenarios and writing linear functions in slope-intercept form given various info (a table, a graph … Continue reading

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In The Moment

The SAMR Model is a fundamental framework often used to help educators consider how and why to integrate technology.  Teachers are encouraged to aim “above the line” to provide students with potentially transformative experiences, rather than simply enhancing tasks with technology. … Continue reading

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