How Lesson Failures Can Still Provide Value

Turning a Less Than Effective Lesson Into a Growth Opportunity Today, we extended our learning goal from the previous day from: I can find the point of intersection of two linear relations on a graph and interpret the meaning of the intersection point related to a real world situation. to the following learning goal: I can solve multi-step linear equations using a variety of too...

Math Band: Are You Teaching Students To Cover or Compose?

Learning Math Was Boring, But So Was Learning The Guitar Throughout school, I was very interested in music. When my parents finally agreed to get me a guitar in grade 6, we also agreed that I should be taking some music lessons. I would bring my black Japanese Fender Stratocaster copy to the house of my guitar teacher each week for my 30 minute lesson. My teacher, Gary had a beautiful Gi...

How to Ensure Twitter IS The Best Teacher PD

A Gentle Push Is Better Than A Hard Shove I believe Twitter is a better way to deliver professional development when the teacher is invested in their own learning. If a teacher is active on Twitter, they are receiving more professional development benefit than a teacher who is only attending traditional professional development training. That said, it might seem like a great idea to requi...

Creating Math Through Graphing Stories

How Graphing Stories Allow My Students to Create As we enter our 4th unit in my grade 9 applied math class, students have discovered measurement relationships; linear and non-linear relationships/correlation; and characteristics involving proportionality. We are now beginning to extend the concept of proportional relationships to linear relationships both with and without an initial value....

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 Now Available in the App Store! 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. UPDA...

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 ...