Tap Into Teen Minds https://tapintoteenminds.com Sparking Curiosity in Mathematics Through Tasks that Are Contextual, Visual and Concrete Wed, 20 Mar 2019 01:36:33 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://i1.wp.com/tapintoteenminds.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cropped-TITM-Logo-Circle-Orange.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Tap Into Teen Minds https://tapintoteenminds.com 32 32 35226203 Sometimes Visual Is Not Enough https://tapintoteenminds.com/visual-not-enough/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/visual-not-enough/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 02:23:44 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=53600 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

As much as I'm an advocate for visualization because "Math IS Visual", it can be easy for us to move too quickly from concrete to the iconic stage.

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The Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast Is LIVE! https://tapintoteenminds.com/podcast-launch/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/podcast-launch/#respond Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:43:10 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=53295 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Get Math PD for your EARBUDS! After years of putting it off, we have finally launched the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast on iTunes & More!

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2018 Winter Holiday Math Moments Giveaway! https://tapintoteenminds.com/2018-winter-holiday-math-moments-giveaway/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/2018-winter-holiday-math-moments-giveaway/#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 11:43:57 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=53249 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

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Why The Unit Of Measure Matters https://tapintoteenminds.com/unit-of-measure/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/unit-of-measure/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:50:28 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=53178 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

The unit of measure is often ignored in math class with the intent of making things easier for students, but it is quite the opposite! Let's learn why...

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Exploring Proportional Relationships Developmentally https://tapintoteenminds.com/proportional-relationships-developmentally/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/proportional-relationships-developmentally/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:51:31 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=53124 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Many educators underestimate the complexity of proportional relationships. Let's take one task and make small modifications to it so it is low floor and high ceiling; then, let's tackle it from a developmental continuum!

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The 3 Act Math Beginner’s Guide https://tapintoteenminds.com/3act-guide/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/3act-guide/#comments Sun, 21 Oct 2018 15:15:02 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=53016 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Wondering how to use 3 act math tasks in your classroom? Let's dive into Dan Meyer's math class structure for building an effective problem solving experience for all learners!

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Make Math Moments That Matter In Your Classroom https://tapintoteenminds.com/make-math-moments/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/make-math-moments/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 07:00:27 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=52998 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Make Math Moments That Matter for YOUR students by learning how to Spark Curiosity, Fuel Sense Making, and Ignite Your Next Teacher Moves each and every day

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Make Room for Spatial Reasoning https://tapintoteenminds.com/make-room-for-spatial-reasoning/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/make-room-for-spatial-reasoning/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 10:00:22 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=52791 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

The research is so strong it is no longer worth asking the question of whether Spatial Reasoning is important for math class. Make room for it EVERYDAY!

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Memorization vs. Automaticity: Back to Basics or Beyond the Basics? https://tapintoteenminds.com/memorization-automaticity/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/memorization-automaticity/#comments Sat, 28 Jul 2018 17:03:59 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=52705 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

We’ve all heard it before; kids don’t know their math facts! While this may be true for some, what is more important than memorizing alone is building a conceptual understanding.

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Get Students On Task And Engaged With Whiteboards https://tapintoteenminds.com/whiteboards/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/whiteboards/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2018 03:15:02 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=52686 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

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The Complete Guide to Spiralling Your Math Curriculum https://tapintoteenminds.com/spiralling-guide/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/spiralling-guide/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 02:09:52 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19887 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Do your students struggle to retain their learning from math class? Are you finding yourself having to reteach because students don't have the prior knowledge for today's lesson? Then spiralling and interleaving is perfect for you! Take some time and explore the complete guide to spiralling math class!

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Make Math Matter With Concreteness Fading https://tapintoteenminds.com/concreteness-fading/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/concreteness-fading/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:57:04 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=20014 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

For years, I was spinning my wheels trying to teach students how to make sense of mathematics through abstract representations, when the key was making math concrete and visual through the concreteness fading model or concrete, representational, abstract (CRA).

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Counting With Your Eyes: Subitizing https://tapintoteenminds.com/counting-with-your-eyes/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/counting-with-your-eyes/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 03:15:58 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=20000 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Have you ever looked at a group of items and just knew how many there were without actually counting? This ability to "see" how many items are in a group without counting is called subitizing. Read to learn more.

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Lower the Floor in Math Class https://tapintoteenminds.com/lower-floor/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/lower-floor/#respond Sun, 04 Feb 2018 14:12:03 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19986 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Struggling to find a way to make math more accessible for all students in your classroom? In this post, we'll give examples why using concrete manipulatives and visual representations is a great place to start!

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Knowledgehook Math PLC Planning Tool https://tapintoteenminds.com/knowledgehook-math-plc-planning-tool/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/knowledgehook-math-plc-planning-tool/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 01:52:04 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19953 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Are you a school administrator or math leader looking for tools to support planning your professional learning in mathematics with your colleagues? Check out Knowledgehook's new PLC Planning Tool!

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Year In Review: 2017 https://tapintoteenminds.com/year-in-review-2017/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/year-in-review-2017/#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 18:53:31 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19785 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Year in Review 2017: Looking Back and Planning Forward. This past year has been exciting with over 675,000 pageviews! Let's look at the top content accessed

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Using Tasks to Teach Lessons https://tapintoteenminds.com/tasks-teach-lessons/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/tasks-teach-lessons/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 03:58:44 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19724 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Here's how I went from teaching my students lessons so they could do tasks to using tasks that teach students lessons about mathematics.

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Why I Ask Students to Notice and Wonder https://tapintoteenminds.com/notice-wonder/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/notice-wonder/#comments Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:16:02 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19655 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Recently, Jon Orr and I received some descriptive feedback from James Francis from Knowledgehook after watching us co-present a workshop titled “Making Math Moments That Matter” at the GECDSB Math Symposium. After sharing some of the pieces he really enjoyed, he also shared some constructive criticism: What I personally didn’t enjoy was the really general […]

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Exploding Dots for Global Math Week https://tapintoteenminds.com/exploding-dots/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/exploding-dots/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 02:32:53 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19601 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Join our mission to engage 1,000,000 students around the globe in a joyous, uplifting mathematical experience with Exploding Dots!

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The Progression of Division https://tapintoteenminds.com/progression-of-division/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/progression-of-division/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:52:52 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19555 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Learn the Progression of Division where we will explore fair sharing, arrays, area models, flexible division, the long division algorithm and algebra.

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Avoiding Ineffective Uses of Technology With SAMR https://tapintoteenminds.com/ineffective-use-of-technology/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/ineffective-use-of-technology/#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:30:36 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=14333 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

It's easy to forget why we integrate technology in our math class. Let's use the SAMR Model to plan our lessons using technology with purpose and intent.

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#Canada150Math Challenge https://tapintoteenminds.com/canada150math/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/canada150math/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:16:32 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19229 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

With the recent raising of The Great Canadian Flag in Windsor, Ontario, the GECDSB is looking to celebrate Canada's Birthday through math! Are YOU in?

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EQAO Benchmark Tool Added to Knowledgehook Gameshow https://tapintoteenminds.com/eqao-benchmark-tool-knowledgehook/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/eqao-benchmark-tool-knowledgehook/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 02:55:16 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19118 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

The EQAO Benchmark tool was added last week to Knowledgehook Gameshow and it is free for the rest of the 2016-17 school year! Find those gaps & address them

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OAME 2017: The Beauty of Elementary Mathematics https://tapintoteenminds.com/beauty-elementary-mathematics/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/beauty-elementary-mathematics/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 04:59:21 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=19032 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

OAME 2017 Speech: The Beauty of Elementary Mathematics. In this talk, I reference the complexity hidden deep within the elementary math curriculum.

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Why Japanese Multiplication Works https://tapintoteenminds.com/japanese-multiplication/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/japanese-multiplication/#comments Sat, 04 Mar 2017 17:08:45 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=18762 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Have you ever seen someone share the Japanese multiplication method on social media? Often times, it looks like nothing more than a math trick. It's not!

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The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner https://tapintoteenminds.com/the-four-roles-of-the-numerate-learner/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/the-four-roles-of-the-numerate-learner/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:16:42 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=18708 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Read about the author's work linking critical literacy to critical numeracy and how the work in literacy by Luke and Freebody can be applied to numeracy.

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Making Number Talks Matter https://tapintoteenminds.com/making-number-talks-matter/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/making-number-talks-matter/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:55:09 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=18698 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Learn about why Number Talks Matter and access an 8 step routine that can be used to facilitate an effective number talk in your grade 4-10 math classroom.

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Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You Had https://tapintoteenminds.com/becoming-math/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/becoming-math/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:28:16 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=18695 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Take a journey through a number of teacher stories about growing as a math teacher and learner, because Zager tells us: “good math teaching begins with us”.

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Counting Principles – Counting and Cardinality https://tapintoteenminds.com/counting-principles/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/counting-principles/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:30:43 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=18603 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Counting and quantity might seem like a fairly basic concept, but you may be surprised at just how important and complex these principles are for students.

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The Progression of Fractions https://tapintoteenminds.com/progression-of-fractions/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/progression-of-fractions/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:59:32 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=17492 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Let's take a journey exploring fractions from a simple definition all the way through four key fraction constructs we use in the K-8 Mathematics Curriculum.

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The Progression of Multiplication https://tapintoteenminds.com/progression-of-multiplication/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/progression-of-multiplication/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2016 02:08:15 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=17501 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Let's look at how important arrays and area models are in building our understanding of the standard algorithm and to abstract concepts in secondary math.

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The Progression of Proportional Reasoning From K-9 https://tapintoteenminds.com/progression-of-proportional-reasoning/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/progression-of-proportional-reasoning/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:19:43 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=17398 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

The underpinnings of proportional reasoning are born when students learn how to count and unitizing. Explore visual representations of this Big Idea.

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Talk Less, Listen More https://tapintoteenminds.com/talk-less-listen-more/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/talk-less-listen-more/#respond Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:58:33 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=17388 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

This year, I intend to speak less and listen more. I hope you'll join me here as I try to learn this new role - one day at a time.

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Does Memorizing Multiplication Tables Hurt More Than Help? https://tapintoteenminds.com/memorizing-multiplication-tables-hurt-help/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/memorizing-multiplication-tables-hurt-help/#comments Sat, 21 May 2016 03:20:59 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=13500 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Are students suffering in math because we no longer memorize multiplication tables?Understanding multiplication is much more valuable for students to apply...

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What Makes A 3 Act Math Task So Effective? https://tapintoteenminds.com/what-makes-3-act-math-tasks-so-effective/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/what-makes-3-act-math-tasks-so-effective/#respond Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:06:11 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=17255 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

When delivering teacher workshops, I almost always include a 3 Act Math Task as a way to model the 4-part math lesson framework and for teachers to experience the power of introducing new concepts by leveraging curiosity. Although my workshops spend a significant amount of time exploring interesting lessons, teachers often want a formal description […]

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Is There a Best Way to Learn Mathematics? https://tapintoteenminds.com/best-way-to-learn-math/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/best-way-to-learn-math/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:00:56 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=17238 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

End the ongoing debate; inquiry and explicit instruction both serve an important role in the math classroom to build both conceptual and procedural fluency.

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Earning Versus Learning https://tapintoteenminds.com/earning-versus-learning/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/earning-versus-learning/#respond Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:13:16 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=17207 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Exploring fundamentals that help investors maximizing returns in the stock market and how they apply to professional development and teaching.

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#MTBoS Blogging Initiative Week 1: One Good Thing https://tapintoteenminds.com/mtbos-one-good-thing/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/mtbos-one-good-thing/#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2016 02:02:41 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16958 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Man. Time FLIES! I feel like it was just yesterday when I made a commitment to myself to do a “Week In Review” series that summarized what I had been up to in the classroom each week. I had all the momentum on my side up until week 6, but then I was off to […]

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Grade 9 EQAO Math Practice Links for @Knowledgehook Gameshow! https://tapintoteenminds.com/9-eqao-math-gameshow-practice/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/9-eqao-math-gameshow-practice/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:17:01 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16947 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Convenient & FREE Practice Options For Your Students A few folks were interested in the Free EQAO Practice via Knowledgehook’s Gameshow tool, but felt they didn’t have the time to experiment with a new tool during “crunch time” in the semester. I know the feeling! Now, Knowledgehook has made it easy for students to practice […]

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Are Math Facts “THE” Urgent Student Learning Need? https://tapintoteenminds.com/are-math-facts-the-urgent-student-learning-need/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/are-math-facts-the-urgent-student-learning-need/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 17:00:45 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16761 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Math facts, especially memorizing multiplication tables, is an area of discussion for math teachers that isn't going away. But is this the only problem?

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Lecture Learning vs. Active Learning https://tapintoteenminds.com/lecture-learning-vs-active-learning/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/lecture-learning-vs-active-learning/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:28:25 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16726 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

This past week, Justin Reich referenced research and said "it is almost unethical to use lecturing in a control group when comparing with active learning."

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My NORCAN Experience in Norway https://tapintoteenminds.com/norcan-experience-in-norway/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/norcan-experience-in-norway/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 01:56:35 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16690 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

A summary of my NORCAN Experience from my week in Oslo, Norway from October 18th - October 24th, 2015 with colleagues from Alberta, Ontario & Norway.

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WIR #6 – Pythagorean Theorem, Equations, and Linear Relations https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review6/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review6/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:41:55 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16670 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

This week in MPM1D Grade 9 Academic, we explored Pythagorean Theorem with Dan Meyer's Taco Cart and Solving Linear Equations including distribution!

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Week In Review #5 – Direct/Partial Variation & Solving Equations https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review5/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review5/#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:47:49 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16621 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

This week in MPM1D Grade 9 Academic, we explored direct and partial variation through 3 act math tasks and solving equations visually with SolveMe Mobiles!

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Week In Review #4 – Geometry & Linear/Non-Linear Relations https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review4/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review4/#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:50:49 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16580 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

This week in MPM1D Grade 9 Academic, we explored some more geometry of angles as well as identifying linear and non-linear relations.

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Tips Moving From Math Procedures to Understanding https://tapintoteenminds.com/tips-moving-from-math-procedures-to-understanding/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/tips-moving-from-math-procedures-to-understanding/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:04:13 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16589 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

When we talk about people who are "Good at math" are we really referring to people who are good at memorization? Let's dig into this a bit deeper...

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Week In Review #3 – Measurement, Linear Relations and Geometry https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review3/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review3/#respond Sat, 26 Sep 2015 02:54:40 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16543 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Get a look at what we're up to in Grade 9 Academic as I attempt spiralling my MPM1D curriculum for the first time using a task-based approach.

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Week In Review #2 – Spiralled Tasks & Assessment #1 https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review2/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review2/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:00:40 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16489 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

Get a look at what we're up to in Grade 9 Academic as I attempt spiralling my MPM1D curriculum for the first time using a task-based approach.

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Week In Review #1: Welcome to Gr 9 Academic Math https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review-1-welcome-grade-9-academic/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/week-in-review-1-welcome-grade-9-academic/#respond Sun, 13 Sep 2015 03:04:05 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16469 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

This year, I want to be more intentional about my lesson reflections. Here is the first of my WIR's summarizing math, tech, and solutions from the past week

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Curious Math: Foundations of Math is LIVE on @iTunesU https://tapintoteenminds.com/curious-math-on-itunesu/ https://tapintoteenminds.com/curious-math-on-itunesu/#respond Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:31:59 +0000 https://tapintoteenminds.com/?p=16438 Another post from Tap Into Teen Minds. Enjoy!

If you've struggled to use 3 act math tasks in your classroom because of streaming video, enrol in the free Curious Math iTunes U Course to make it a breeze

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