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”

2017-08-16 ReNew Learning and RTR

I love when I come to a new understanding about something that I had previously known, which happened this week. We had the blessing of having a consultant come to our campuses from the county office of education to help us with some work we are doing. Part of the work is to implement RichContinue reading “2017-08-16 ReNew Learning and RTR”

2017-08-10 Breakout EDU Middle School Math

With the sounds of a sharp, repeating, and blaring noise the herds of young bodies began their almost zombie like motions to their assigned classrooms. Those who were new to the school, looked anxious, schedules out and a mixture of puzzled and nervous expressions. The contrast of the mindless shuffle to class to the anxious,Continue reading “2017-08-10 Breakout EDU Middle School Math”

2017-05-22 – Day 12 – Creating My First 3 Act With Friends

On the Twitters, what started out as a general comment about snacks and a shared love of eating said snacks had lead to a collaboration of creating our ever 3 Act Math Task. The collaboration is awe inspiring and I’m looking forward to this new endeavor. I even asked the master, Mr. Dan Meyer, andContinue reading “2017-05-22 – Day 12 – Creating My First 3 Act With Friends”

2017-05-18 – Day 8 – Rich Task Routines & Fraction Splats

One of the charges my district has taken on requires that we work toward improving math instruction at the 5th-grade level – this grade level has been identified as a severe turning point in the performance and mindset of learners toward mathematics. We are working on ways that will improve instruction and learning experiences so studentsContinue reading “2017-05-18 – Day 8 – Rich Task Routines & Fraction Splats”

2017-05-15 – Day 5 – #Sketch50

I almost missed the journey, the idea is called #Sketch50 on Twitter and following various messages. I see the idea more like… which forces you to… And in order to do this, we need to realize… Understanding that I would never spend 50 days drawing different ideas, but knowing that in order to stretch oneselfContinue reading “2017-05-15 – Day 5 – #Sketch50”

2017-05-14 – Day 4 – Summer Learning

I have been wondering what my learning journey would look like over the summer, and I found my answer today thanks to my amazing #PLN. Starting with Margie’s (@pearse_margie) posting of great summer reads, I first thought about all the books I read without really learning from over the summer. My second thought was aContinue reading “2017-05-14 – Day 4 – Summer Learning”

2017-05-13 – Day 3 – Practice Now – End of the year practice for a better run next school year

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching which brings a mixed bag of emotions to me every year. On the one hand, I am excited about sleeping in, long summer days, and more leisure time with family. On the other hand, I will miss the relationships, connections, and goofy things my students seemContinue reading “2017-05-13 – Day 3 – Practice Now – End of the year practice for a better run next school year”

2017-03-28 On The Spot Ahhhaaaa

Although I have many blog posts on the tarmac ready for lift off, this entry takes special priority as I had a powerful Ahhhha moment that lasted two full periods. Quick background, I have been teaching about trig functions in IM3 and coordinate geometry in 8th-grade math. My IM3 students look similar to Fry fromContinue reading “2017-03-28 On The Spot Ahhhaaaa”

Mission Accomplished

As I publish this reflection, I fear that this moment may turn into something along the lines of another famous moment…. I am very honored to have met #IRL (in real life) the person that inspired this learning goal for me this school year: Having students produce a weekly learnings podcast for public consumption. JoeContinue reading “Mission Accomplished”