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Experiencing Transformations Dynamically With Nearpod and Desmos

My Math 8 students started exploring patterns for various transformations in the coordinate plane this week.  Such a visual and potentially dynamic topic calls for visual and dynamic lesson presentation (ahem… not a static worksheet).  The winning combination this week … Continue reading

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The Ripple Effect of Having the #MTBoS PLN

Though I’m on spring break, I’m still scouring Twitter for ideas for upcoming curriculum topics.  I’m spoiled rotten.  There are so many kindred spirits doing amazing things, and I get to learn from them and add their work to my … Continue reading

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Transformations and “Animations”

Several weeks back, Kyle Pearce posted this idea on Twitter: Trying the idea of “Quick Question Solution” videos as a resource for students. Long videos don’t work. Thoughts? http://t.co/A8Nx4cfIjc — Kyle Pearce (@MathletePearce) January 16, 2015   Funny.  I’d been … Continue reading

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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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Functions – Nearpod Learning Check

Looking ahead to our next unit, I was sifting through some ideas about introducing relations and functions to both my algebra students (8th graders) AND my pre-AP Math 8 students (7th graders experiencing new 8th grade TEKS and therefore, experiencing more … Continue reading

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What to do with only one iPad…?

My mathy friend Eric Milou recently asked me to help a middle school math teacher he knew because she only has access to one iPad in her classroom and isn’t sure how to best use it.  Additionally, she has access … Continue reading

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Radical Nearpod Art

The element of “play” can be a powerful part of learning.  Several weeks ago, my 8th grade algebra students solved radical equations through a Nearpod lesson found here.  When I designed this NPP (Nearpod Presentation) I created the “radical dude” character using … Continue reading

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Nearpod “Best Practices” For Math Class

I kid you not – when I say, “Get out your iPads and go to Nearpod” my 8th graders literally say, “YESSSSS!” and give a little fist-pump… every time.  It’s not necessarily Nearpod that they love, but the peer interactions … Continue reading

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Chipotle and The Counting Principle

Several weeks back, I had the pleasure of eating at Chipotle and consuming every bite of my usual chicken burrito with white rice, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, and “a little bit of cheese and sour cream”… and then I … Continue reading

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ThingLink is a Great “Pre-Teaching” Tool – Exponential Functions

I didn’t learn about ThingLink until a few months into this school year… and now, I’m hooked!  Every unit of study since, I’ve created an interactive ThingLink for students to reference as an anchoring activity, study guide, and “pre-teaching” tool. … Continue reading

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