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: and follow on Twitter #EdcampMSMN.

It’s Elementary!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Elementary, Leadership | No Comments

Sometimes an idea keeps coming up in surprising places and surprising ways. At first it intrigues you. Then it pops up again and again. You start thinking someone out there is trying to tell you something.

Edcamp Math Science MN – Oct 21

Edcamp Math Science MN is a form of unconference designed specifically for math and science teachers and their needs.

Join Greg Tang in Minneapolis for His 10 Best Practices Workshop

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Announcements, Elementary, Opportunities | No Comments

To succeed in math, students need number sense and strong reasoning skills. They also need to visualize, generalize and communicate their thinking.

Happy New Year!

Over the summer I rediscovered the book Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts that Raise Student Achievement by Steven Leinwand. The lens is pointed to “engage, and focus on understanding and application.” (p.2) In this time of heightened awareness and action to engage all students and to be culturally responsive in our classrooms, it makes sense to integrate Leinwand’s shifts.

Open the Middle of Problems for Students

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

There are so many questions that float through my head when I see something new that piques my interest. Let’s look at one of those resources, Open Middle. Open Middle sprang from the mind of Robert Kaplinski after attending to Dan Meyer’s talk Video Games and Making Math More Like Things Students Like.

MN Math Tweeter of the Month

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

I found all of his answers to my questions very thoughtful and interesting, and I wanted to share them all. So rather than giving you a summary of his responses, enjoy Andy Pethan…uncut.