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

# Author: Lisa Bejarano

# 30 things from #TMC17

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

# Going full circle completing the square

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

# End of school year survey

Updated end of school year survey! Shorter, so students provide better feedback.

**Update 05/18/17:**

**Here is a link to my current end of year survey.**

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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# It’s the little things: How I improved student participation in number talks

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

# Colorado Mathematics Teacher Winter 2017

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.

# Rolling Cups: Modeling in Geometry

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