Tag Archives: Pre-Algebra

#WODB Nearpod Warm-Up #VariablesBothSides

If you haven’t used Which One Doesn’t Belong? with students, you might be missing out on some pretty awesome dialogue.  The idea that there isn’t just one cut-and-dry answer makes justifying one’s choice a safe challenge. Students have been solving … Continue reading

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First-Two-Weeks Hodge Podge

Today may be the last day of summer vacation for some.  Others of us have already been rocking and rolling for two weeks with a new crew of students.  So many ideas and resources have crossed my path that I’m … 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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Time-Lapse

The last day of classes before Thanksgiving break, I set up my iPhone in an attempt to record some time-lapse footage in each of my classes.  Since middle-schoolers can smell a camera a mile away, there was nothing secretive about … Continue reading

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Desmos Function Carnival: Tech & Teacher Take-Aways

When I learned about Function Carnival from Dan Meyer’s blog last school year, I first tried it with students on a wacky-schedule day during a unit that didn’t connect well to the fabulous Desmos lab.  In that first instance, students’ sought … Continue reading

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Socrative and Slope-Intercept Form

With new TEKS in tow, my 7th graders taking 8th grade math have been studying proportional and non-proportional linear relationships (wow, right?).  The progression has been a refreshing, concept-based study of LOTS of scenarios featuring “constant rates of change” represented in … 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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ThingLink: Anchoring, Pre-Teaching and Gap-Filling

I anticipate my students will finish their first unit test at varying rates tomorrow.  I always take my own tests as if I were the student.  I show all the work.  I time myself.  I multiply my time by 3 … Continue reading

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New TEKS = Visual Patterns for All

If you’re not up to date on Texas math standards, we have new TEKS this year for grades K through 8.  (How many standards are new or have moved from one grade level to another?  Check this out!)  Our district purchased … Continue reading

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I already know what I want to do on the first day of school.

My (former) students are probably still sleeping on this fine Sunday morning, and here I am, thinking about the first day of school in August.  It’s not entirely my fault.  I just had two days of PD with (THE) Dan … Continue reading

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