An experienced math teacher shares what she's learning.

2015-2016 Goals

Two weeks from today, I will meet all of my new classes for the first time. Yep, the start of school is right around the corner. (from At the moment, I am on vacation at Lake Erie with my family for another couple of days. Over vacation, I finally got my blog reader to zero. Although …Continue reading

Taking Care of Ourselves

I received flowers today in appreciate from a great friend of mine in the #MTBoS. I also received a box in the mail as part of #supplyswap. .@druinok @amcnabb3 the tape is shiny purple. #supplyswap — Lisa Henry (@lmhenry9) July 30, 2015 Over the last week, I have been on the receiving end of …Continue reading

What did I REALLY get out of TMC15?

I could certainly go on and on about all of the wonderful personal connections that I made and renewed at TMC15. I could talk for a while about how I felt so much gratitude from the community as a whole and so many individual people. However, talking about all of that would diminish all of …Continue reading

My TMC15 Closing Remarks

In case you wanted the text of my closing remarks for TMC15, here they are: So as I reflect on the wonderfulness that is TMC15, I keep coming back to one thing: Community. Many times, when TMCers sit down with me with any length of time for conversation, the question usually that comes up is …Continue reading

Guest Post from Jason about TMC

Jason shared this with me Saturday of TMC. I think it is incredibly powerful and something we all need to keep in mind – whether we attended TMC15, a previous TMC, or never have. –Lisa Why I Go To Twitter Math Camp -Jason Henry It’s the question. In whatever form I get it, it goes something …Continue reading

For Chris

This is my 12-year old daughter Grace. In April, while she and her brother Cade were playing in the backyard, he tackled her and, as near as we can figure, his head hit her left knee cap, dislocated it, and chipped a piece of cartilage off the bottom of it, sending it somewhere above her …Continue reading

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

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