# Tag Archives: problem solving

## You Don’t Teach

Okay, let’s be clear. I *DO* teach. A lot. But students don’t often know how to articulate that *how* I’m trying to teach may differ, at times, from some of their past math-class experiences. They might not know exactly how … Continue reading

## Gettin’ Into The Groove Hodge-Podge… Featuring Classkick

I can hear the announcer at our high school’s football game as I type on my iMac here at home. So nice to be getting settled in to a “new” house that is closer in to the city, our schools, … Continue reading

## First-Two-Weeks Hodge Podge

Today may be the last day of summer vacation for some. Others of us have already been rocking and rolling for two weeks with a new crew of students. So many ideas and resources have crossed my path that I’m … Continue reading

## Nearpod Popcorn Picker (Student Responses Too)

I’m not going to lie. It was disappointing that my students so easily fell for Dan Meyer’s Popcorn Picker problem today. A *very* small subset of students realized that, just because the sheets of paper had the exact same area, this did … Continue reading

## Bottling Up the Perfect Balance

I feel like, as a teacher, I have a lot in common with the video gaming industry. We both want to draw kids in to a challenge. That challenge has to be feasible but not too easy. Students have to … Continue reading

## 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

## Story Time (Algebraically Speaking)

Algebra students have been solving multi-step equations. Quite a great, semi-sneaky way to review all sorts of topics students should already be “fluent” in – operations with rational numbers, the concept of “isolating the variable”, properties of equality, and so … Continue reading

## New TEKS = Visual Patterns for All

If you’re not up to date on Texas math standards, we have new TEKS this year for grades K through 8. (How many standards are new or have moved from one grade level to another? Check this out!) Our district purchased … Continue reading

## So I stole an idea from Dan Meyer – *SHOCKER*

Dan Meyer provided our district’s math department with two days of PD in June. I liked the homework he assigned to us, and I’m in the process of merging his idea with a problem-solving plan for a longer-term mini-project of sorts. … Continue reading

## T-Shirts: Some Real-Life Math in Need of Act 3…?

This post is based on a true story… how it ends is where I need your help! Think of it like a “choose-your-own-adventure” book… except you get a say-so in authoring it. True story: I ordered a rockin’ Estimation 180 … Continue reading