Tag Archives: QR code

Lately, busy days lead to spits and spurts of reflection and PD rather than lengthy blog posts.  I love this time of year – I feel like my students and I know each other well, and expectations are clear all … Continue reading

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Weird Stuff Kids Think

My Algebra students completed a cooperative quadratic QR-code walk-about type task the other day.  They could work with a partner, use a graphing calculator, Desmos, the HMH Fuse app, their homework, notes… everything.  They scanned various QR-codes, which revealed practice … Continue reading

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Exponents & Error Analysis

There aren’t many strategies that tell me more about student thinking than “error analysis” opportunities.  When students “grade” another hypothetical student’s work, there’s something special about the experience – students’ senses are heightened.  They’re on a quest for truth.  They … Continue reading

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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Giving graphingstories.com a Go!

Living vicariously through my student teacher, Lauren, we came upon the “Interpreting Graphs” lesson in Algebra, and I suggested that she give graphingstories.com a go. Today, each class period had a brief discussion about the general usefulness of graphs, and … Continue reading

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QR-Codes and Classroom Prizes – Fun, Novel, and Free!

A wacky schedule is looming, and not every class will meet this Wednesday.  My clever student-teacher, Lauren, has decided to use the class periods we *will* meet with to design a little extra practice a-la Bingo games. Today over lunch, … Continue reading

August Rush! Apps & More

No no… not the tear-jerker movie!  For me “August Rush” is something that begins happening in my brain, truthfully in July, as the new school year quickly approaches.  It’s that feeling that my brain never turns off.  I’m not a … Continue reading

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Chipotle and The Counting Principle

Several weeks back, I had the pleasure of eating at Chipotle and consuming every bite of my usual chicken burrito with white rice, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, and “a little bit of cheese and sour cream”… and then I … Continue reading