2017-12-18 The Power of Visual Models

A Twitter friend (I cannot recall at time of posting) posted this problem out for others to solve and/or showcase how to explain how to solve it for students. As I love problem solving and those sorts of challenges, I jumped on this to make sense of the problem and to see if I couldContinue reading “2017-12-18 The Power of Visual Models”

2017-12-11 #MyWhy

A moment of joy. I have found through this recent journey a way to make sense of my learnings and I am so excited because amazing people in my PLN that I care about are on their own similar journeys and I want to share their stories in parallel to my own. 100 words AContinue reading “2017-12-11 #MyWhy”

2017-12-04 Learning

Recently, I have been growing and learning in many, many areas, while I was preparing for CMC North, I revisited some ideas and found a rabbit hole that is so very deep. The pathway within this rabbit hole led by Simon Sinek’s famous Ted Talk about starting with your why,  and connected to a varietyContinue reading “2017-12-04 Learning”

2017-11-27 CM-C You There

I am excited about being able to represent the amazing Cue organization at California Math Council CMC as I have been honored to be a speaker on mathematics and technology. My 90-minute session was selected too late to make it into the actual printed version, but I was on the app schedule. Last year, IContinue reading “2017-11-27 CM-C You There”

2017-11-20 Performance Anxiety

Although we started this journey to improve our district’s abysmal SBAC scores, we were really searching for ways students could learn. This is an abridged version of our story to this date. I believe that we, the teachers, want what is best for kids and are trying our hardest to make that happen. Extra dutiesContinue reading “2017-11-20 Performance Anxiety”

2017-11-13 A Perfect Instructional Storm

There are challenges in your life as an educator that let you know you have really grown. Recently I had an opportunity to really challenge myself, learn, and grow. Let’s set the stage. Let’s start with 71 fifth graders eagerly awaiting me like a school of pirañas. Let me decide to teach this on aContinue reading “2017-11-13 A Perfect Instructional Storm”

2017-11-06 Three Huge Tasks and a Lesson

The culmination of this past week has seen three huge events come to pass and a wonderful lesson series. Event 1. The Central California Youth Summit. Event 2. CVCue STEAM Learning Experience Event 3. My 2nd Marathon of the Year (PR again) And the lesson. Using personal experience with Numberless Word Problems, diamond paper, andContinue reading “2017-11-06 Three Huge Tasks and a Lesson”

2017-10-23 3 Lessons to Creating Student Authors of Mathematics

A series of three lessons that sparks curiosity, inspires learning, and promotes literacy.

2017-10-16 What a Week

Returning from Northern California this past weekend, I was thinking about all the challenges that we had to accomplish this week with a mixture of dread and excitement. Monday The week began with the implementation of my newest game created around the 4.MD.3 standard. The game also involves six other standards interlaced within the cluesContinue reading “2017-10-16 What a Week”