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 problem … Continue reading It’s the little things: How I improved student participation in number talks
The CCTM Winter 2017 issue of the Colorado Mathematics Teacher is out and I wrote an article in it! To my surprise, I am also mentioned later for being a PAEMST awardee. I am honored to be included in a journal with articles from Joanie Funderburk, Matt Larson, Raymond Johnson and Wendy Ward Hoffer.
The Rolling Cups task from the Shell Center is a perfect geometry modeling project. I use some form of this task every year for the last three days of the first semester as a final project. This task incorporates constructions, similarity, functions and modeling while pre-assessing students readiness for next semester's content: solids and circles. … Continue reading Rolling Cups: Modeling in Geometry
A few weeks ago, what I think is my 10th electric pencil sharpener stopped working. I decided I was done with electric pencil sharpeners and began a search to find a reliable, quiet, affordable pencil sharpener. I found this pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies, and I discovered that they would send me one in exchange for … Continue reading Pencil sharpeners from Classroom Friendly Supplies
This has been a weird school year. I have no idea what I am doing. Most of my class periods end with me thinking about what a mess it was and how I could have gone better. I am very unorganized. I feel like I've tricked others into thinking I have it together, when in … Continue reading What even IS good teaching?
I presented at NCTM's regional conference in Phoenix a few weeks ago on reasons to develop and use effective warm up routines. Here is the blurb on the session: Warm-Up Routines: Developing Mindset While Enhancing Math Understanding Warm-up activities can maximize class time, set class culture, develop growth mindset in students and fill gaps, or … Continue reading My NCTM regionals Phoenix session
In an effort to be better at sharing quality basic stuff that works, here's how I teach quadrilaterals: I am hesitant to share the files that I use because I've borrowed them from all over the interwebs and at this point I don't even know where to give credit, but here they are! [10/11/16 update: Most … Continue reading A low-tech unit studying quadrilaterals