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”

2017-11-27 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”

2017-11-13 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.

2017-10-02 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”