# Category: internet activities

## Holiday Resources to Keep Students Engaged

Holidays at my high school signal the end of the semester and we are all preparing for the final exam. However, review does not have to be boring. We can also squeeze in some time for my favorite topic: trivia. One of the tricks to surviving the holiday (any holiday) in the classroom is to be prepared, have a lot of options and keep the kids engaged on something. I always keep a few online activities available as well as seasonal activities for students to complete. Mix it up and vary your routine. Vary Routine for Holidays I use printed […]

Read More## Ideas from the CMC Math Conference 2019

Two weeks ago I attended the California Mathematics Council Math Conference in Palm Springs. The CMC holds two conferences a year, one in Asilomar (Northern California) and one in Palm Springs. With hundreds of sessions to choose from, it is always an exciting event. The two-day event this year was Friday November 15 – Saturday November 16, two weeks later than it is typically held. Passive to Active Classroom Sherrina Clark and Tonya Parham had an interesting session on using what they called VNPS or Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces. OK, I admit it, they got me with the acronym. The VNPS […]

Read More## Engaging Tech Activities

Edpuzzle https://edpuzzle.com/home Ever watch a video on math instruction and which you could just use the middle? Or like the problem but want to explain it yourself? Edpuzzle allows you to do just that. You can record over the explanation, trim the video, insert questions in the video to make sure students are paying attention. I have done some of these using a funny voice to demonstrate slope and the kids always remembered. Here are some examples: Solving equations using multiple-choice questions Geometry two different versions. In the first, it is a basic introductory to terms with open-ended questions. The […]

Read More## February Tech Tips

Every week I work with new teachers. At the beginning of the year, we worked on classroom management ideas and classroom organization. These are both necessary for new teachers to be able to focus on instruction, but after many years of working with first and second year teachers, it becomes a little routine to me. Then we move on to something I can really get excited about—using technology in the classroom. At this point in the year, we are working on projects to integrate technology. Technology has become one of those areas teachers need to implement so that students can […]

Read More## Review Graphing Online Resources

The winter break is coming to a close and it is time to think about lesson planning and review activities (review graphing in particular ) to use in the classroom. The last topic my Algebra students covered (notice I did not say learned) was solving systems of linear equations. This important topic came at the very end of the semester when they were tired, overwhelmed and counting the days. Review Graphing Often Since the new semester continues the unit with graphing systems of inequalities, some review is necessary. Specifically, I need to review graphing, equations in both slope-intercept form, standard […]

Read More## Holiday Reading/Listening List

I am a compulsive reader. Or at least I used to be. People were amazed that I could read 200-300 books a year. I didn’t get much else done, I was in college at the time and aside from my college work, I did little else but read. When Life Get Hectic–Use Audible Then work and life became complicated and most of my reading time was taken up with other things. I still read, but mostly on vacations or long weekends when there was nothing else going on that needed my attention. I tried Kindle as well, it helped […]

Read More## Teaching Teens Personal Finance

This year I am teaching what the district calls Consumer Math, more popularly known as Personal Finance. My seniors are assigned this option when they fail to meet the 2 years of required math, it is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I believe all students should learn personal finance so that they can be more successful adults, and the content I present is timely, real-life examples that they can apply. A curse because this class – like other math classes – is approached with a sense of dislike and fear. It has “math” in the title, students […]

Read More## 17 Ideas for Teaching Slope

I meet with new teachers weekly to discuss teaching strategies, tips, and lesson planning. This week the conversation turned to our next lesson which will be Slope of a line. Slope is a crucial topic for both middle school and high school students. Slope forms the basis for writing equations and graphing. Without an understanding of what it is and how to calculate it, the rest of the semester (and year) becomes much more difficult for students and teachers. Even though my pacing allows two days (what are they thinking????) for learning slope, students need much more than this to […]

Read More## 11 Online Tools for Secondary Students

With a new school year, it is time to try something new. In no particular order, some of my favorite online programs for the classroom: 1) Quizlet. I attended the Quizlet Unconference before school began to trim my learning curve. I cannot believe how easy it is to use. The basics are study cards, definition (graph, picture, diagram, etc) on one side and definition or explanation on the other. But you can use this set in a variety of ways. I used a statistics set that was done in Spanish for my ELL students. You can study the cards, or […]

Read More## Stress Free Chrome Book Use in the Classroom

I have used a chrome cart in my classroom on a regular basis for the last 3 years. Before that, I was trekking to the computer lab (we wasted a lot of class time, but we got some exercise). I have used a variety of Internet activities in my classroom ever since my third year of teaching. Over that time, aside from the focused tasks that we accomplish online, I have learned some basic rules that now part of my classroom rules procedures that I print, share with students and have them paste in their notebooks. If you would like […]

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