It’s Elementary! – Planning

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

Last month we looked at what constitutes a rich task. How can we open up the tasks in our curriculum to be more engaging for all our learners?

Choosing a Primary Resource for Instruction

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Elementary, Middle School | 2 Comments

The term “primary resource” for many would be the “curriculum” used to guide instruction. For the district in which I teach, our curriculum is the set of MN standards for math; our “primary resource” is the text (or other platform) teachers use to guide instruction on the standards and benchmarks

It’s Elementary! – Rich Tasks

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Elementary | No Comments

We hear a lot about Rich Tasks these days. But…what does a “rich task” look like to you? What separates a rich task from an ordinary one? Where do we find them?

More Accessible Mathematics

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

I used the book: Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts that Raise Student Achievement by Steven Leinwand as a springboard for some ideas to reflect upon as the new school year was underway.

All Things Pythagorean

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in High School, Middle School, Uncategorized | No Comments

The Pythagorean Theorem has never seemed the same to me since seeing it rendered in terms of the Mona Lisa.

Arguments Encouraged

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

For 3 mornings I worked with a group of math teachers lead by Chris Luzniak (@pispeak) and Matt Baker (@stoodle) aimed at promoting discussion among your students allowing for more talk from them and less talk directed at them.

Chrome Extensions

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

My school became a GAFE school a few years ago and it has been great with all students having a google account. But I began to question how google could help me as a teacher. I heard a lot about apps, add-ons, and extensions but I didn’t really know the difference between them and which ones I should use.

Mathematical Immersion Unit for Pre-Service Teachers

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Post-Secondary | No Comments

For those working with pre-service secondary mathematics teachers, I’ve developed a two-week mathematics immersion unit as part of my secondary methods course. I start the methods course with this immersion experience as a kind of learning touchstone that we can go back to later when we are thinking about teaching.

Differentiating with Trajectories

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

A learning trajectory is a common developmental path to understanding a concept. Douglas H. Clements describes a simple example: “children first learn to crawl, which is followed by walking, running, skipping, and jumping with increased speed and dexterity.”

What is an Edcamp and Why Should You Go?

Better yet, attend EdCamp Math & Science MN on October 21st 2016, 9 AM to 3 PM at a new location, Prior Lake High School. Register here: www.edcampmsmn.org and follow on Twitter #EdcampMSMN.