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Teaching Rotations

When I started teaching, it was standard practice to use tracing paper to teach rotations. I never loved it, because it involved having to keep track of tiny pieces of paper, and find them year on year. One year I... Continue Reading →

3D Pythagoras

I have taught 3D Pythagoras for several years now. Some students have such a hard time visualizing it on a 2D projection, so I've been trying to come up with new ways of introducing it. I also get very bored... Continue Reading →

Assessment for Learning, part 2

I really enjoyed the math sessions during this two day workshop. We received so many new ideas, and it was also informative to be able to chat with other math teachers about how they introduce ideas. I introduced the idea... Continue Reading →

Assessment for Learning, part 1

The second day of my workshop was all about Assessment for Learning (AFL). In the first session, they gave us some terms for assessment for learning, and a key takeaway that I had was that formative assessment becomes assessment for... Continue Reading →

Active Learning

Recently I attended a 2 day workshop from Cambridge International Education on Active Learning and Assessment for Learning. It was eye opening. Before the workshop, I really thought active learning was when students are up and moving and active. It... Continue Reading →

Hacking a Hack

I am a big fan of Jennifer Gonzalez and her site┬áCult of Pedagogy. I follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Podcasts, and email. She gives very practical tips and is down to earth. If you don't follow her, you should. Last... Continue Reading →

#MyBad: When a lesson doesn’t stick

I just finished listening to 2 episodes of "MyBad" and realized that I need to do more reflection on my classroom practices, especially when a great lesson doesn't actually lead to learning. One of my earlier blog posts, "Using More... Continue Reading →

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Hidden Decision Making

Last night I saw this video shared on Twitter. (Stop and take 6 minutes to watch it, and then come back here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK2eXdYdHjs Annie Fetter was sharing about the hidden decision making we all do in the classroom. As I... Continue Reading →

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