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

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

2017-10-02 Improvement Science & Mathematics

The past two weeks have been an intense dive into the work we started over a year ago, and the feeling that we’re finally digging into something will set in. We will find a process by which we can triple the scores on the state standardized testing in mathematics at the fifth-grade level. If weContinue reading “2017-10-02 Improvement Science & Mathematics”

2017-09-25 Visual Multiplication of Fractions with Reducing

Recently, I was on a Sunday run when I received a compelling question I couldn’t wait to dive into. The question asked how would I teach the multiplication of fractions with reducing. The teacher provided some background information to frame the situation. The students had been instructed on how multiply fractions and reduce. When theContinue reading “2017-09-25 Visual Multiplication of Fractions with Reducing”

2017-09-18 Published 1st Article

Near the end of July, I received a random email message from someone associated with Edutopia….I thought to myself that either this is one of my friends playing a practical joke on me or this email was sent to me by accident. The email asked if I would be willing to write an article onContinue reading “2017-09-18 Published 1st Article”

2017-09-11 Coding a Newsletter Template

A journey from last year that I really enjoyed doing was creating a monthly newsletter that indicated the successes we were having as a district mathematically speaking. While I enjoyed creating the newsletter, I was never happy with the design, and always thinking about how I could make it better. Well I went from usingContinue reading “2017-09-11 Coding a Newsletter Template”

2017-09-04 Numberless Word Problems

There are two things that I learned about toward the end of last school year that got me so excited I couldn’t wait to try them, Numberless Word Problems was one of them. One of my #eduheroes, Brian Bushart (@bstockus on Twitter), created this idea some time ago, and I was just learning about them.Continue reading “2017-09-04 Numberless Word Problems”

2017-08-28 PDs

This week was the week of Professional Developments (PDs) with my creation and delivery of Interactive Math That’s Meaningful (Horrible Title, I know) and 3 Powerful Math Routines. Each one has some amazing pieces to it that I am very proud of, and both have some areas I do not feel meet my goals. TimeContinue reading “2017-08-28 PDs”

Technology Enhanced in Math Lesson

What an exciting time to be a teacher, a student, and a learner! I have a tentative understanding, at best, of human nature, but I do believe that most people find change uncomfortable and difficult to deal with both emotionally and intellectually. I am not immune to these feelings, but I like change. I likeContinue reading “Technology Enhanced in Math Lesson”

Cheers to Better Deals – The Inequality Story

Although I have attempted to teach this topic in many ways at a variety of levels, I always find it interesting to see how learners attempt to grapple with the concept and understanding. Learners who struggle with understanding linear graphs typically have an even more difficult, and when you add-on this is the first timeContinue reading “Cheers to Better Deals – The Inequality Story”

Not ODEs – The Variation of Parameters Method

When one attempts to define versatile, something like “able to be adapted to many functions or activities” may come to mind. As a classroom teacher (and now working K12) this idea comes even more naturally as I know have the opportunity to see how successful and adaptable an idea or lesson may be with learnersContinue reading “Not ODEs – The Variation of Parameters Method”