# Monthly Archives: February 2013

## Move Over Harlem Shake… It’s Quadratic Formula Time

I love teaching mathematics, but I have to tell you… teachers of other subjects seem to be able to use iPads to make a lot more “fun” and “creative” projects than I have ventured to try for Algebra and Pre-Algebra … Continue reading

## How to Use Socrative or Nearpod “On the Fly”

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Sometimes, it’s really not worth reinventing a perfectly round wheel.  What I’m trying to say is, there are some great math print resources I run to on a regular basis when I need a little something extra for my students. … Continue reading

## Quadratics Chain – Quite a Conversation Starter!

My algebra students have been studying transformations of quadratic functions – most specifically, how does changing “a” and/or “c” in a quadratic function written in the form y = ax^2 + c impact the graph when compared to the graph … Continue reading

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## My Top 3 in 24… Hours!

Not many 24-hour timeframes are as epic as the one I just experienced.  Besides wearing my usual “hats” of wife, mother, and teacher, I’ve gotten to wear 3 more, and I like the way they fit! #3 – Panelist! This … Continue reading

I just whipped this up for my students to explore.  I like to use ThingLinks as anchoring activities initially, and as study guides throughout and at the end of a unit of study.  My students have a test on factoring … Continue reading

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## A Paper and Popcorn Misconception

I showed the following Dan Meyer vid to my 8th graders this week as we dove into volume and surface area.     Their responses were… well, characteristic of 8th graders: a) What’s wrong with the video?  Why did it … Continue reading

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## ThingLink with Geometry 3-D Topics

Here’s a tidbit I created for students to reference during our 3-D geometry unit.  I had some trouble finding iPad-friendly links to interactive resources 🙁 because so many are flash-based.  Nevertheless, I really like the way ThingLink handles video links! … Continue reading

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## Polynomials QR-operative Practice

Monday – the day after the weekend and before a visit to TCEA13 in Austin – what’s an algebra teacher to do?  Why not something QR-operative? (think cooperative, but using QR-codes… I so easily amuse myself…)  On Friday, I felt like … Continue reading