An experienced math teacher shares what she's learning.


With the school year being so busy, many things get left to do until summer hits. One of those things was weeding. I hate weeding. Well, maybe not the weeding part. Before I began weeding, I thought to myself, I hate thistles. As I was weeding, I thought to myself, I don;t hate the thistles that much. They come out …Continue reading

Factoring Flowchart

On the afternoon I was digging through my Evernote archives, I stumbled upon this gem of a post by Elissa Miller. She was talking about checking to make sure they knew the difference between each type of factoring. I had just given an assessment on factoring and solving quadratic equations by factoring to my Algebra …Continue reading

Together we are better.

I  miss you all. It has been a difficult year in many ways for me, so I have not been as active on Twitter or on my blog. In the last few days, I have come to realize that I miss it. A lot. This has not been my best year of teaching. I’m not …Continue reading

Systems of Linear Equations Scratch Offs

An activity I’ve done with my Algebra 1s for the last two years (and is reusable) is scratch off cards. I think I originally saw the idea from Kristen Fouss but after trying to search her blog, maybe it was from Sam Shah. Regardless of where I saw it, here’s how it worked for me. Step …Continue reading

March 6, 2016 Things I Think

With apologies to Peter King and Monday Morning Quarterback, I’m going to borrow a format he uses in his columns. Towards the end, he adds 10 Things He Thinks He Thinks. I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging, so I’m going to try something like that. Without further ado, here are the things …Continue reading

TMC16 Speaker Proposal Press Release

We are starting to gear up for TMC16, which will be at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN (map is here) from July 16-19, 2016. We are looking forward to a great event! Part of what makes TMC special is the wonderful presentations we have from math teachers who are facing the same challenges that we …Continue reading

How do you plan a unit?

No, seriously, how do you plan a unit? I know it sounds odd for a 23-year veteran teacher to ask the question, but how do you plan a unit? Backing up… we are getting ready to begin the unit with linear functions. You know the one, the one in Algebra 1 where we work on …Continue reading

Arithmetic Sequences Activity

As I was driving to work today, I was trying to come up with an activity to practice working with arithmetic sequences. I had 8 practice problems on a worksheet, but I knew that wouldn’t be enough practice for my Algebra 1 students. I had thought about going and creating a Polygraph at the Desmos Teacher …Continue reading

My Cloud Organization Hydra

Well, it reared its ugly head again today. The multi-headed mess of digital organization that I have, that is. (Created from Creative Commons Pictures) I hate to say it, but Kate started me down the path today.   @Mythagon @MrCBRobinson I use the “share” icon and then save to Pocket. I <3 pocket. — Kate …Continue reading

Given Time, Things Work

In between conferences last night, I was grading Algebra 1 papers. My students had an assessment over graphing (using a table), confirming that points on the line belonged to the equation graphed, and comparing a graph, a table, and an equation. By no means, is this the most exciting thing I teach in Algebra, but …Continue reading

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