# 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

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## 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

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