# My NCTM regional Phoenix session

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 regional Phoenix session

# A low-tech unit studying quadrilaterals

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

# Geometry Planning Guide

Click here to access and comment on the Geometry Planning guide Units: Constructions Congruence Transformations & Similarity Right triangles & Coordinate Proof Applied Trigonometry & Solids Circles In the spirit of Geoff Krall's Problem Based Curriculum Maps, I attempted to organize my geometry curriculum and learning targets along with associated activities, tasks & lessons. In order … Continue reading Geometry Planning Guide

# Twitter Math Camp 2016: Get Uncomfortable

Debate – Chris Luzniak & Mattie Baker “My claim is _____, my warrant is _____ .” Structures: Chalk Talk: Posters with questions on them, students respond by writing, no talking allowed. Talking points: read more here Debate! Argument = claim + warrant Soapbox debate: provide class with a debatable prompt, and a minute to think. Then … Continue reading Twitter Math Camp 2016: Get Uncomfortable

# Analyzing Triangle Congruence with AngLegs

I've tried to explain why AngLegs are a must have for high school geometry and should not only be considered a tool for younger students. Here is an example of how I find them indispensable in teaching triangle congruence. This lesson is adapted from MARS: Evaluating Conditions for Congruency. "Ok class, you are sitting in pairs and at … Continue reading Analyzing Triangle Congruence with AngLegs

# Puma Period: Supporting Executive Function Development

We have a homeroom period for 40 minutes after lunch every day, we call it Puma period (our mascot). Students of all grades are assigned randomly to a teacher when they come to the school. The goal is to have very mixed groups of students from a variety of backgrounds, achievements and grades in each class. … Continue reading Puma Period: Supporting Executive Function Development

# A Day in the life of a Math Teacher

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 4:30 am: Wake up before my alarm and turn it off. 5:00 am: grade in my pj's 6:00 am: Still dark out,  10 degrees F, Run 6 miles with my 2 standard poodles. 7:00 am: Quick! Shower, dressed, feed the dogs, get to school! 8:00 am: Staff meeting (Kid Talk) 8:45 … Continue reading A Day in the life of a Math Teacher