Tag Archives: math

Growth Mindset for Math

After being introduced to open-ended questions in math about two years ago, I was sold on how powerful they can be in the classroom, but it can be difficult to create high quality questions.  Jo Boaler at Stanford has created an excellent site called “YouCubed” that has a wealth of activities for all ages that are engaging, open-ended, and for ...

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Zoom Classes at Southeastern Iowa Community College

I recently spent the afternoon learning from John Romeo at Southeastern about the ways he uses technology to teach math classes using Zoom and other tech tools. John using classflow.com via Zoom and tablets John is using a Promethean interactive whiteboard to project a math problem onto the board.  An alternative is to use a Mimio, which is less expensive, ...

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Turn Fractions Into Visuals

Growing up I was taught math in the traditional way.  The teacher gave me some symbolic notation such as 1/2 * 1/4 and then gave me a step-by-step process to follow to the solve the problem, and then we moved on to the next thing with more notation and procedure.  At ANI they present how that should be just one ...

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Get Inspired at Math = Love

Not having enough materials/resources is a common complaint among teachers.  I love following how a young teacher in rural Oklahoma, Sarah Hagan, is finding a way to thrive without using textbooks. Back in March NPR did a feature story about Sarah titled ” The Teacher Who Believes Math = Love.” Since hearing that story, I have been a regular follower of ...

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Telling stories with data

I was lucky enough to spend two days doing math as if I were a student.  All of the teachers at the workshop were given some data that we care about — HiSET testing data for all the states that use the HiSET test. Our task was to tell a story.  Think about that.  We had pages and pages of ...

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Match up Fractions on the Number Line

This week I’m spending two days in Des Moines for the Adult Numeracy Institute.  The focus is on number sense (fractions, decimals and percents) and Data, Statistics, and graphs.  I enjoyed the first warm-up activity that was a match up.  This activity could be tailored to any level of math learner.   The directions are as follows: Beforehand, the facilitator ...

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When Khan and HISET meet. . .

While I have done similar projects to this one, on a more limited scale, it’s nice to see HiSET do some of the heavy lifting.  Below you will find a new resource from HiSET copied from their website. Khan Academy Math VideosIn collaboration with Khan Academy, the HiSET´┐Ż program has identified videos and exercises that can assist you in preparing ...

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