An experienced math teacher shares what she's learning.

Making Connections

A couple of tweets in the last week resonated with me as we are wrapping up the year. Julie Reulbach shared The difference between memorization and understanding is that students quickly forget things they memorized. How can I help them see that? — Julie (@jreulbach) May 29, 2015 As we are preparing for final exams, …Continue reading

Sketching Quadratics

In this lesson, our learning target is: I can sketch a rough graph using the zeroes of a polynomial and other easily identifiable points such as the y-intercept. I’m incorporating A-APR.3 (Identify zeroes of polynomials when suitable factorizations are available, and use the zeroes to construct a rough graph of the function defined by the …Continue reading

Sometimes, life just gets in the way

I am finally starting to catch up on my Digg Reader. I am incredibly behind (like August of 2014 behind). I had thought about declaring bankruptcy and just trying to keep up with where things are now. Kind of what I have been doing with Twitter on and off. But I look at some of …Continue reading

It only took me 23 years to get it right…

For the first time, I am really happy with how I am teaching factoring and how my students are catching on to it. Throughout this unit, I have been talking about how factoring is un-doing the distributive process that we did when multiplying polynomials. We are looking for the factors that we multiplied to get …Continue reading

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Today we were working on a learning target where my Algebra 1 students would have to explain what the slope and y-intercept meant either in an equation or as part of a problem situation. I think today was one of our better class days and it was certainly our best discussion day. At this point, …Continue reading

Common Core and PARCC Combined Tables

You may have noticed a lack of posts here lately. It is for many reasons, many of which involve the busy-ness of being a mom of a 6th grader and a 3rd grader and a math teacher and other roles. But part of why involves a project I began in late October. I teach in …Continue reading

TMC 15 Speaker Proposals Are Open!

Have you heard of Twitter Math Camp? It’s the best weekend of professional development and enthusiasm replenishment around. Don’t end up in the jealousy camp this summer! Sign up to present and you’ll get early access to registration. Here are the details: We are starting our gear up for TMC15, which will be at Harvey Mudd …Continue reading

A long-winded answer to Annie’s query

So Annie from the Math Forum posted the following tweets today: After recent talk about notice&wonder, sense-making, T said, “Sounds great, but I have to finish Ch4 by end of Nov or else…(1/2) — Annie Fetter (@MFAnnie) November 24, 2014 …I don’t have time for that ‘habits of mind’ stuff because I have to cover …Continue reading

Help with teaching solving 1-variable equations

I am getting ready to teach how to solve linear equations in one variable to my Applied Algebra freshmen (not ready for Algebra 1 students). I gave a pre-assessment to them today, knowing that they had been taught how to solve them in 8th grade. I also know from their benchmark at the beginning of …Continue reading

Trying to build more self-reliant students

My Algebra 1 class is working on Common Core State Standard N.Q.1. I have two learning targets that we will be working on in succession: I can use and interpret units when solving formulas. I can perform unit conversions. I found some resources online I was happy with for actually doing the unit conversions, however, …Continue reading

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