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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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Intro to Intercepts

When planning lessons with my student teacher, Lauren, there has been a common theme lately.  Rather than bore students with too much direct instruction, aim to create the need for the mathematics we want them to learn. Today, for instance, … Continue reading

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Why Frustrate?

This week, I was helping a student prepare for a chapter test on percents and their applications.  He went online to take the interactive practice test and this question, and “answer”, left us scratching our heads: If a student can … Continue reading

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Using the iPad to Test the Textbook: Snail Racing…?

The topic – direct variation The application – snail speeds An example from our text had us scratching our heads… not about the concept of direct variation, but rather… about how fast a snail can actually travel.  When we encountered … Continue reading

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