An experienced math teacher shares what she's learning.

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

Update on Noticing and Wondering

We are up to our fourth Math Forum Algebra Problem of the Week. It’s hard to believe for me, actually. I have wanted to do the PoWs for a couple of years and now that we are beginning our fourth one, it is feeling like more of a natural part of my class flow. My …Continue reading

Frustration over Retention

Warning – venting ahead… My Algebra 1 students today had a class-wide reassessment over three learning targets: solving linear equations, solving linear inequalities, and solving formulas for a specified variable. I had rearranged my units this year so that the unit with solving equations and inequalities was first since on the initial benchmark I gave, …Continue reading

A great class period

I have to brag a little today about my Applied Algebra students. We started off by going over the multiplying fractions problems they had from yesterday. I had already given them the answers on the worksheet, so I had asked if there were any questions on how I had gotten the answers. I had two …Continue reading

Learning Lessons About PoWs

This is the first year I am using The Math Forum’s Problems of the Week in my classes. I have been aware of the Problems of the Week (PoWs) for quite some time but I have never used them in my classes before. My involvement as an EnCoMPASS Fellow since last summer has encouraged me to …Continue reading

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