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Ringing in the New Year – Growth and Grit

For the past week-and-a-half, our district has been preparing for the arrival of a new crew of students, and we’re excited!  In-service trainings have focused on themes of innovation, grit, growth mindset and having a “GVC” (Guaranteed Viable Curriculum).  You … 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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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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Math Playdate (from Twitter to Tackk)

It started on Twitter.  My challenge was irresistible to fellow math buddy Kyle. @mr_stadel @MathletePearce @robertkaplinsky @ddmeyer Who’s making a 3-Act Task about the rapidly spreading ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? 🙂 — Cathy Yenca  (@mathycathy) August 21, 2014  Within … Continue reading

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Student Voice, Screen Casting and Explain Everything

Having iPads redefines many elements of teaching, learning, and assessment.  These past 2 years, I’ve experienced a learning curve not unlike that of a brand spankin’ new teacher.  This year I’ve begun to make the shift from technology-empowered teacher to … Continue reading

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Desmos Explorations

If you haven’t seen these fantastic interactive desmos labs, you need to know they exist… and so do your students!  I plan to use Des-man this week (and I had more than a little bit of fun making my first … Continue reading

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#NCSM14 Take-Aways

I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the NCSM Conference in New Orleans last week.  I’d never been to an NCSM conference, and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  As a classroom teacher, would I feel out of … Continue reading

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S’more Time! Who is in the Driver’s Seat? #NCSM14

Three of my colleagues and I had the pleasure of presenting at the #NCSM14 conference in New Orleans this week.  Our chat was during the last session timeframe… on the last day of NCSM… and our talk was alphabetically last … Continue reading

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Defending “The Worksheet”

In this era, “the worksheet” has gotten a pretty bad rap.  The seemingly popular push to go “paperless” doesn’t help the cause.  Are worksheets and paper inherently evil in the 21st-century classroom? In the ed-tech realm, I sense a little … Continue reading

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A Message to 21st-Century Pre-Service Middle School Math Teachers

This is an amazing time to be an educator.  If you’re truly of the “lifelong-learning” philosophy, you know that access to resources, professional development, and information in general has made a huge shift.  Technology is a key player in this … Continue reading

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