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”

2017-11-06 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”

2017-09-11 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”

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”

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”

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”

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”