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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 slope-intercept form reigns, leaving other linear forms to be emphasized later in Algebra 1.  We’ve also landed planes … Continue reading

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“5 Practices” in a 1:1 Classroom

While I’ve never fully implemented the “flipped classroom” idea with students, maybe I have done a few short-term “mini flips”.  Many digital tools permit students to explore content at their own pace, and asynchronously, which can make “homework” an experience beyond handouts. … Continue reading

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Teamwork and Communication Using Quizlet Live

My colleague Gary Raygor happened to post a photo online, showing his students having a blast in his classroom, working in teams, arms flailing with… joy or regret…I couldn’t quite tell.  But what anyone could clearly see is that his … Continue reading

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Book Creator, Take 3!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  As the semester winds up (exams!) and then winds down (winter break!) it’s become a good time to give my students some creative opportunities to reflect on what they’ve learned throughout the year. … 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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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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SuperTeacherTools.Net: Speed Match

Here’s another formative freebie that’s iPad-friendly! I recently used the Speed Match on SuperTeacherTools.net to review probability vocabulary with my students.  I remember the days of using Speed Match on a SmartBoard, allowing only one student to play at a … Continue reading

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Kahoot! A Great Formative Freebie

It’s no secret that my heart belongs to Nearpod, Socrative, and ThatQuiz.org.  That being said, another web-based formative freebie has joined my top-three-tools. Kahoot! is a game-based quiz show platform that can be used with any content area with ease. … Continue reading

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ThingLink as Collaborative Work Space

I saw this ThingLink and was immediately inspired to give the strategy a try.  Why not create a ThingLink to serve as a “collaborative plane” for my students?  I jazzed up a “Unit Organizer” from the “Strategic Instruction Model” with some … Continue reading

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Exponents & Error Analysis

There aren’t many strategies that tell me more about student thinking than “error analysis” opportunities.  When students “grade” another hypothetical student’s work, there’s something special about the experience – students’ senses are heightened.  They’re on a quest for truth.  They … Continue reading

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