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”

2017-05-24 – Day 14 – 360 Math Collaboration Finals Review

State testing finished two weeks ago, warming weather, and multiple field trips all indicate the sun is setting on the 2016-17 school year. The looming giant of finals is the final hurdle many of our students are left with in ending this school year, and here we sit investigating this idea. Getting students the opportunityContinue reading “2017-05-24 – Day 14 – 360 Math Collaboration Finals Review”

2017-05-23 – Day 13 – BreakoutEDU

An amazing teacher was inquiring about the use of BreakoutEDU having heard about it at some point. A “little birdie” in the form of one our equally amazing technology TOSAs let her know I have some of the boxes and am willing to demonstrate. She reached out to see if I’d be available to showcaseContinue reading “2017-05-23 – Day 13 – BreakoutEDU”

2017-05-19 – Day 9 – Announcing Summer Book Study for #TWOTCW and #Mathconceptions & CVNiC Work

With the school year winding down, let’s  begin refilling ourselves, building our personal learning network, and improving our practice. Steve Wyborney‘s The Writing On The Classroom Walls #TWOTCW is a powerful teaching tool and bucket filler we will use in our first #Mathconceptions Book Study of the summer. Shane Ferguson (@MrFergusonMJHS) and I are super excitedContinue reading “2017-05-19 – Day 9 – Announcing Summer Book Study for #TWOTCW and #Mathconceptions & CVNiC Work”

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”

2017-05-17 – Day 7 – Clothesline Math & Goodbyes

Yesterday we spent time making sense of the ideas of Clotheslines Math, and we were able to get a few quick reps in. Today, we dove straight in, students were broken up into groups of four, each person was assigned a job, and the students were tasked with placing the trig functions in their appropriateContinue reading “2017-05-17 – Day 7 – Clothesline Math & Goodbyes”

2017-05-16 – Day 6 – Clothesline Math

Over the weekend I created my first tent series for Clothesline Math. In my Integrated Math 3, I want students to explore the input/output of trig functions and their values from the unit circle. Ideally, students would be interacting to make sense of the relationship between the input/output of trig functions and the connections toContinue reading “2017-05-16 – Day 6 – Clothesline Math”

2017-05-12 – Day 2 – Guest Presenter Steve Wyborney!!

Our special guest today, Mr. Steve Wyborney, delivered a fun and interactive learning experience for my Integrated Math 3 course. The students got to experience a variety of wonderful questioning strategies, they were enabled to challenge their teacher and integrated deep mathematical thinking into the whole process. Mr. Wyborney’s incredible sense of creating engaging and powerfulContinue reading “2017-05-12 – Day 2 – Guest Presenter Steve Wyborney!!”

2017-05-11 – Day 1 – Today It Begins

So I’ve been hesitating on starting this blogging thing again, but thanks to my amazing PLN and  #ElemMathChat I’m ending the 2016-17 school year with an entry a day. So here’s my new learning from #CUEBOLD, when the amazing Ann Kozma (@annkozma723) took the time to show me SnapChat, which she did an amazing job recording theContinue reading “2017-05-11 – Day 1 – Today It Begins”