## Geometry Transformations

Tips for teaching Geometric Transformations using an activity and patty paper.

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# Blue Mountain Math

## Geometry Transformations

## Engaging Tech Activities

## 14 Formative Assessment Strategies

## February Tech Tips

## College Research Project

## Absolute Best Ways to Teach Absolute Value

## Review Graphing Online Resources

## Effective Student Goal Setting

## Puzzling Holiday Fun

## The Crucial First Five Minutes

Making Math Fun with Engaging Activities

Tips for teaching Geometric Transformations using an activity and patty paper.

Read MoreEdpuzzle 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 MoreIt caused some controversy in a meeting when I said I was never surprised by test/quiz scores. Some teachers tried to hide their smirks, others just stared. No, I am not psychic, I just use a variety of formative assessment strategies to gauge learning during and after the lesson. There was also some debate about the definitions of formative assessment. Many of us put it in the grade book, others said that formative assessment is just a tool and never goes in the grade book. But since I use formative assessment techniques daily, many will go in […]

Read MoreEvery 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 MoreIt’s getting close to spring and a young person’s fancy turns to — No, not that, It’s college. Especially for my seniors who all have senioritis and want to just be done and move on. Okay, I know some of you are still buried in snow, but for students, they have been preparing for college in one way or the other for years now it is SPRING. They’ve taken tests, they have written letters and probably had some mock interviews, and some have even applied for student loans. But they have NOT nailed down the college of their choice. Most […]

Read MoreLike 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 […]

Read MoreThe 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 MoreGoal setting is one of the activities I use in January when students return to school after the winter break. It begins a new semester and gives us a fresh start. In the past, I used the goal setting tools provided by the administration. But last year, after my winter reading, I realized students need more than to just “set goals”. Students need strategies to help implement and follow up on goals as well. It was so successful that we are going to continue with this practice. Students Need More than Goal Setting In a study of Harvard MBAs, it […]

Read MoreWith the holiday break, I made countless lists about cleaning and organizing. I added lesson planning and making some fun new projects for the classroom. I am teaching my Consumer Math class using the Stock Market Game and I have some preliminary lessons about investing that need to be created before February. However, I got sidetracked. Why? First I finished up a pair of socks I was knitting and then before the unit for investments and mutual funds could be started, I did a puzzle. Puzzles Help Mathematical Thinking I really like puzzles of all types. Puzzles get the credit […]

Read MoreEvery veteran teacher understands that the first few minutes of a class set the tone for the rest of the period. This is why most schools insist on some form of the warm-up (also called bellringer or do-now) for students to complete at the beginning of the period. New teachers may have experienced this during student teaching, but do not understand all the reasons why it becomes an important part of the classroom routine. Why is a Warm-Up So Important? A daily warm-up for the first crucial five minutes actually serves several purposes: It sets the tone for the […]

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