# Monthly Archives: September 2012

## A Spontaneous Songify

While generalizing rules for multiplying rational numbers, a student had a memory of a little saying: “Multiplying Fractions, that’s no problem! Top times top and bottom times bottom!” While I am not the biggest fan of gimmick-y math phrases, I … Continue reading

## Error Analysis and Role-Playing

Sometimes, it’s better to let the students do the teaching. That’s how I approached today’s lesson on adding and subtracting rational numbers. I know these lovely folks have added and subtracted a few fractions in their time, so I started … Continue reading

## I Love When That Happens

I stumbled upon an app last evening that was right on time – the freebie entitled “Number Line” was just what I needed for today’s scheduled “no homework night”. I had a worksheet planned on “Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers” … Continue reading

## Assessment FOR Learning

My Algebra students have been solving multi-step equations for a few days, and I knew it was time to assess. I designed some interactive paper “foldables” to organize student work for each problem type, as well as model my expectations … Continue reading

## Empowered

After using thatquiz.org yesterday to “pre-test” my students for an upcoming unit on rational numbers, I knew some basic number theory concepts were lacking. So today, I took my first venture with Socrative, a free app that simulates using “clickers” … Continue reading

## A “Big” Thank You to “techchef4u” Lisa Johnson!

Wow, I am feeling a little like a celebrity today! 😉 The ever-so-tech-savy Tech Chef Lisa Johnson featured my latest iPad resource and Teachers Pay Teachers freebie on her jam-packed-with-good-tech-stuff blog TechChef4u! It has been a pleasure bantering with the Tech Chef … Continue reading

## iPad and thatquiz and QR Codes, Oh My!

Formative assessment – what a wonderful idea, but one that is not always easy to implement. Well, today I feel like I had a formative breakthrough! When my students were done with a unit test today, I projected a QR … Continue reading

## iPad Triumphs

This week, I have continued to try some new things with my 8th graders and their iPads. It is a-m-a-z-i-n-g what one can get accomplished in a short amount of time when students each have one of these wonder tablets! … Continue reading

## Baby steps…

All of my students now have an iPad! Students received them last week, and what an ordeal it was! “Excited is an understatement” one of my students exclaimed as she sat in her desk, hugging her brand new, empty iPad … Continue reading

## I smell a rat…

Last Thursday, I’m teaching about various number systems and we get to “rational”. I ask, “Does anyone see a word hiding in there that can help us define what rational numbers are?” Without hesitation, a student, genuine as can be, … Continue reading