Spring proves to be a busy time in the world of teaching. With the joys of Spring Break and great weather come the stresses of finishing the curriculum, preparing for finals, and wrapping up the school year. There is an electric quality in the air that everyone can feel. Similar to the week leading up […]
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“Which One Doesn’t Belong?” Sounds like a simple proposal, right? When presented with a group of four similar “things,” is it truly easy to answer that question? Thanks to the following people, my classes were able to face this challenge: All of my amazing PLN at #MTBoS, Christopher Danielson (@Trianglemancsd), Mary Bourassa (@MaryBourassa), Alex Overwijk (@AlexOverwijk), […]
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I recently saw an article online discussing the pros and cons of motivating kids to do well in school with candy. It’s from this past December, but @ExitTicket just tweeted it out from their blog, so I read the article and became interested. You can view the article by clicking here. This is an often […]
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This morning, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Sandy Cohen Family Math Day, co-sponsored by the Nassau County Mathematics Teachers’ Association (NCMTA), of which I am a member, and the Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors (NCAMS). This year, the annual event featured about 80 presenters and about 300 participants engaging in mathematics […]
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Today, I am writing in response to an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education titled “The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking,” by Carol E. Holstead, published on March 4, 2015. Click here to view the article. It uses research to highlight success in the classroom using little technology, an idea highly oppositional to current trends […]
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Happy Pi Day! Of course, this year’s Pi Day is the “Pi Day of the Century” because in a year that ends in ’15, the date reads: 3/14/15, the first five digits of pi. I’m sure you’ve had some fun at 9:26:53 when the date and time read a total of 10 digits, instead of […]
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Recently, I finished Daniel Pink’s (@DanielPink) book Drive (http://www.danpink.com/books/drive/). This book is an excellent collection of motivation strategies meant to be used in the corporate setting, classroom, or places where people need a little extra “drive!” It was easy to read and offered practical advice that I found applicable for the classroom. One part that particularly intrigued […]
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I’d like to begin my blogging adventure by writing about Desmos. Desmos is a wonderfully dynamic website where one can explore graphs of various functions. It makes “compare and contrast” activities engaging because students have the ability to manipulate different functions in real time, and understand how they relate to one another. Recently, I had students […]
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