Category: review

    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 […]

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    Absolute Best Ways to Teach Absolute Value

    Like most people, I begin my lesson on absolute value with a story about distance. I love telling stories in class. Stories are a way to lessen stress in class and provide a way to have some fun. In my story, I drew a number line. I placed the school at zero and told the students that I live 10 blocks from the school.  I then asked where if they could determine where I live. Of, course the first answer was at positive 10. Most students were happy with that answer.  When I pressed for another answer, they caught on quick […]

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    Paper Chains—Not Just for Christmas Trees

    When I was a child we made paper chains for the Christmas Tree. They were fun, very colorful and a holiday event each year. Many years ago I was desperate for some type of activity to use in the classroom. I was tired of worksheets, the kids were tired, and we were both bored.  It is difficult to remember the specific content I was trying to practice, but someone offered me a paper chain activity they had used. The other teacher was not that enthusiastic but when he gave it to me said: “you can probably do something with it”.  I […]

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    Awesome Ideas for Linear Systems

    Review Graphing Before Teaching Linear Systems The week before Thanksgiving we finished our unit on writing linear equations in all its forms.  After a week off, I know I will need to review these concepts before plunging ahead to begin our unit on Linear Systems. Monday we will review graphing linear systems written in Slope-Intercept form.  I plan to use an idea from a recent training. It focuses on multiple representations (my interpretation) and having students work in pairs to match up graphs to equations, except that there is an uneven match.   Group Review Activity for Linear Systems For […]

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    Why I Refuse to Assign Homework This Year

    As a math teacher, I am expected to assign homework.  After all, math requires practice.    I can liken that practice (in my mind)  to a Olympic champion practicing the balance beam hours daily to perfect that one skill.  The problem is—my students are not Olympic champions or even Olympic hopefuls.  They have no interest in the balance beam or balancing equations. None. This year I am teaching what is commonly referred to as Repeat Algebra. I have 10thand 11th graders who have not passes Algebra and therefore are not on track for graduation. Let’s be honest, they have seen this same material […]

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    7 Ideas to Increase Student Motivation

    This year I am teaching Algebra I to students who have already failed (some more than 3 or 4 times).  I teach it differently to these students because they have already seen it before.   They think there is nothing new in math.  They are wrong.  Here are some ways I get these bored students interested in math again. 1) Tell a good story. I can get really worked up about girls having the right to study math and be really good at it.   Did you know that Pythagoreas (father of the Pythagorean Theorem) had a secret society and allowed both […]

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    Good Teaching Conference Tidbits

    If you have not attended a CTA sponsored good teaching conference you really must put it on your to do list for next year.They have 2 separate conferences one in the north usually in San Jose, and one in the south. This year, in the south,  the conference was in Garden Grove last year it was in San Diego.  Always held in a beautiful hotel, lots of teachers, vendors and exciting things to learn. At this Conference there were over 1500 teachers. In the past CTA had a lot of sessions that were mostly elementary but in the last several […]

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    Puzzling Math

    I remember when I was growing up we always had a lot of different types of puzzles in the house.  Contrary to what my student think, that was not before television, we just lived differently than students do now.  In winter we always had a jigsaw puzzle on the dining room table and would work on it a few minutes (or more) each day until it was done–and if it looked like it was going to be finished after I went to bed I would take a few pieces with me to have the last placement. I think this is […]

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    I am in flux.  Last week and the week before I was out of class to write pacing guides for next year for both Math 7 and Advanced Math 7.  I got energized again, thinking of next year and how I am going to change up things. I begain dreaming of new activities, using manipulatives and how all my new students would be either at grade level or advanced.  And they would never be absent or be late to class. And they would turn in all their work.  (Ok, I am dreaming, lol)  But the year isn’t over.  And I […]

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