## Growing My Descriptive Feedback Skills

Teacher-Student Relationship, Growth Mindset and Google Classroom Help To Make It Work I just received an email from my good friend and colleague, Jay Lynn from the Student Success Team in my district. He'll be working with some math teachers later this week and was curious regarding my use of descriptive feedback in math. With his expertise in effective teaching strategies from an Englis...

## Visualizing Proportional Reasoning: Working With Ratios and Proportions

Solving Proportions With The Toronto Maple Leafs Win:Loss Ratio As we began the Proportional Reasoning unit in my MFM1P Grade 9 Math Course, I was beginning to struggle with an idea to extend the idea of visualizing mathematics concepts into ratios, rates, and proportions. What I came up with was using a visual representation of Toronto Maple Leaf wins and losses in order to help scaffold stud...

## The Land of Venn iPad Math App Review

The Land of Venn: Geometric Defense Hits App Store Nov 6 Since my recent blog post offering an opportunity to beta test The Land of Venn: Geometric Defense before it is released on November 6th, there has been a great amount of interest. I have also had a few people wanting to learn more about the game prior to expressing an interest to try the game in this Beta Test group. So, here i...

## I Did It… My Google Teacher Academy Application Video

Crossing Fingers I'll Be At The GTA in Austin, TX! It has been on my list for a couple years. I would set reminders in my calendar every couple weeks and time and again, I would have something very time-sensitive on my plate to take care of. This year, I made a commitment to follow through with applying to the Google Teacher Academy later this year in Austin, Texas and I'm happy to say th...

## Visualizing Two Variable Linear and Non-Linear Relationships

Tables of Values, Graphing Scatter Plots, Describing Relationships and Making Predictions Although generally not the urgent student learning need in most classrooms, working with two-variable linear and non-linear relationships could also be made more visual to help students better understand some of the important pieces that will help with linear equations and beyond. As mentioned in posts pr...

## Teaching Digital Responsibility While Leveraging Technology

How Do We Ensure Students Can "Turn-Off" As an advocate for leveraging technology in the classroom where appropriate, I am also an advocate for ensuring students know that turning the screen off is a healthy necessity. This video really goes deep to ensure children, teenagers, and adults are aware of the negative effects of "too much" screen time. http://youtu.be/dRl8EIhrQjQ What are ...

## The Land of Venn Makes True Gamification a Reality

Primary Geometry Hidden In The Fun of a Game If you're active in the social media scene, you've probably been contacted by websites, app developers and publishers interested in your thoughts on their product. I do my best to check out as many resources as I can, but it can be tough at times. A couple of months ago, I was asked to beta test a game called The Land of Venn by Imagine Machine...

## Caribou Contest Offers FREE Online International Math Contest

Take Advantage of the FREE contest on October 15th, 2014 Looking for new ways to bring mathematics into your schools and classrooms? Consider the Caribou Math Contest. Offered online throughout the year, students can take part in an international math contest up to six (6) times throughout the school year. Best of all, the first contest of the year is FREE for all students from grade 3...

## Visualizing the Maximum Area of a 3-Sided Rectangular Enclosure

Increasing Spatial Reasoning Skills: Optimization of Measurement Although maximizing the area of a 4-sided rectangular enclosure is usually considered quite basic for most students, understanding why maximizing a 3-sided rectangular enclosure does not yield a square can be more difficult. To help address this student learning need, here is the animation created for maximizing the area o...

## Visualizing the Maximum Area of a 4-Sided Rectangular Enclosure

Increasing Spatial Reasoning Skills: Optimization of Measurement In the past, when introducing the concept of Optimization of Measurement, students would complete a series of investigations involving different lengths of rope, fence, etc. and would make connections from the table of values and graph they would produce. While I still intend to do some of the investigations, I want to make...