Making Connections to Prior Knowledge in Math


Comparing Simple Multiplication with Area and an Unknown

A couple days ago, I wrote a post explaining that Making Math Real Doesn't Have to Be Difficult. In the post, I attempted to make connections between an algebraic representation of the area of a rectangle involving a variable and a visual of the same scenario using a method based on the use of algebra tiles for distribution. In previous years, I would have simply provided students a diagram of...


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Making Math Real Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult


Distribution Real World Math Problem - The Garden

UPDATE: Tuesday March 4th, 2014 I introduced the concept of distribution using this problem today. I added the solutions below, so CLICK HERE to jump to the bottom if you've read this post previously! It is no secret that I am a big fan of Dan Meyer's 3 Act Math Tasks for the immediate interest and attention you receive from your students. Using tasks shared by Dan and other Mathletes ...


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Striving for Deeper Understanding and Retention in Math Class


Striving for Deeper Understanding and Retention in Math Class

Moving Away From Memorization and Toward Understanding I must admit: I have never been a big fan of algebra tiles. Coming from the secondary side of things, I think that most of us high school math teachers probably focus on the algebraic representation of concepts we teach. In a perfect world, students come into secondary school with a firm grasp of number sense and numeration. I me...


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How to Link to Public Dropbox Files With Google Calendar


How to Share Dropbox Files in Google Calendar

How to Use Google Calendar as a Class Website (Part 6 of 6) In the sixth and final part of the Public Google Calendar series, we will explore: How to add a link to a calendar event using HTML Code (as we did here), how to copy the public/shared Dropbox file link, and how to paste the public/shared Dropbox file link into your Google Calendar HTML Anchor Code. Watch the ...


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How to Embed Links in Shared Public Google Calendar Events


How to Embed Links in Shared Public Google Calendar Events

How to Use Google Calendar as a Class Website (Part 5 of 6) In the fifth part of this six-part Google Calendar series, we will explore: How to add a link to a calendar event using HTML Code, and how to save time by copying and pasting the same code to new entries. Watch the following short video or see the screenshots below to get started: http://youtu.be/qLgcDMiKO-A ...


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Attaching Files to Your Public Google Calendar With Google Drive


Attaching Files to Your Public Google Calendar With Google Drive

How to Use Google Calendar as a Class Website (Part 4 of 6) In the fourth part of this six-part Google Calendar series, we will explore: How to Enable Event Attachments via Google Labs settings, how to upload a file to Google Drive for attaching to your public calendar, how to change the file privacy settings to public, and how to attach a file from Google Drive to a publi...


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How to Create a Bit.ly Shortlink For Sharing Your Public Google Calendar


How to Create a Bit.ly Shortlink For Sharing Your Public Google Calendar

How to Use Google Calendar as a Class Website (Part 3 of 6) In the third part of this six-part Google Calendar series, we will explore: How to create a free Bit.ly shortlink, and how to customize the bit.ly link (i.e.: bit.ly/YOURNAME). Watch the following three (3) minute video or see the screenshots below to get started: http://youtu.be/OUqSJC8jUaM Step 1 - Copy...


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FREE Math Professional Development at Stanford University


Free Math Professional Development From Stanford

Introduction to Mathematical Thinking - FREE Online Math Course Take advantage of some FREE online learning through Stanford University by enrolling in Keith Devlin's course Introduction to Mathematical Thinking. This free online course is one of many offerings from Stanford University without a cost. While the course officially began on February 3rd, registration is still open. Ther...


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How Students Can Access Your Public Google Calendar


How Students Can Access Your Public Google Calendar

How to Use Google Calendar as a Class Website (Part 2 of 6) In the second part of this six-part Google Calendar series, we will explore: How to ensure your Google Calendar is public, and how to share the public calendar link with students. Watch the following two (2) minute video or see the screenshots below to get started: http://youtu.be/lKVTf3Lk6o4 Step 1 - Acc...


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How to Use Google Calendar as a Class Website


Using Google Calendar As A Class Website

How Educators Can Get a Web Presence In Minutes In the past, I have led workshops that assisted teachers in building a classroom web presence by using the free Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Calendar feature that many have been using for personal scheduling for years. Since Google Calendar allows users to embed HTML code including anchor tags for embedding links as well as attaching docu...


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