20171218 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 “20171218 The Power of Visual Models”

2017-10-16 What a Week

Returning from Northern California this past weekend, I was thinking about all the challenges that we had to accomplish this week with a mixture of dread and excitement. Monday The week began with the implementation of my newest game created around the 4.MD.3 standard. The game also involves six other standards interlaced within the cluesContinue reading “2017-10-16 What a Week”

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”

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”

2017-05-14 – 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”

#makeschooldifferent Challenge: Accepted (as I understand it)

From the first time I watched the above piece by the amazing teacher, Taylor Mali, I find myself shaking my head, goosebumps rising, and, by the end, yelling, “Hell Yeah!” This evening, I was challenge by the amazing @mathprincessC to write a blog about #makeschooldifferent, to which I am responding here. I admit, this is aContinue reading “#makeschooldifferent Challenge: Accepted (as I understand it)”