When each group was setting up to present, I would discretely hand the questions written on index cards to a less confident learners. After the group presented their thinking, I would ask, "Does anyone have any questions for this group?" The learners would look around nervously in an awkward silence while I glared uncomfortably at a learner with an index card. Eventually, uncomfortable with the silence, the learner would ask the question on their card.
If you teach and blog about AP CSP, please fill out this form so I can link to your blog here too. This is my first year teaching AP Computer Science Principles. I am super excited to bring the first AP class to my tiny alternative high school. I attended AP training through code.org's TeacherCon … Continue reading AP Computer Science Principles Blog List
I was contacted by Chalkbeat to answer a few questions for their "How I Teach" series. They asked some difficult questions and it took me a lot of thought to answer them. I appreciated having to stop and think about what I do. Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s … Continue reading Chalkbeat: How I Teach
I attended Twitter Math Camp for only 2 of the 3.5 days this year. I learned so much. Each of these items below could be a separate blog post, but for now I am just listing them in order to put them somewhere and remind myself of what stood out to me this year. It … Continue reading 30 things from #TMC17
I usually use the last six week of the school year in geometry to teach circles: Arc lengths, chords, secants, tangents, etc. Which I have outlined in the Geometry Planning Guide The following school year students begin Algebra 2 and promptly forget these properties of circles. They also start the new school year frustrated and … Continue reading Going full circle completing the square
Updated end of school year survey! Shorter, so students provide better feedback.
I want good feedback from my students, but I also want them to take it seriously & I think this survey in its current state is way too long for students to endure the entire thing. I’m considering it my question bank at this point & I plan to delete questions depending on the class. I searched for something like this to start with because I did not want to re invent the wheel, but I could not find one, so I am sharing mine so that hopefully other teachers can use it as a starting point for their own survey. (I cannot figure out how to make Google forms visible for you to create a copy without changing the original, so request access if you would like it to use as a staring point for…
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I know, this is silly, but silliness lightens the mood and can improve student confidence and student teacher relationships. It seems to reduce math anxiety and increase collaboration. For a detailed description of number talks, read Making Number Talks Matter Also read Fawn Nguyen's site mathtalks.net Enter the Echo Microphone: I present a math … Continue reading It’s the little things: How I improved student participation in number talks