March 2010 Blog Posts (7)

Technology Has Completely Changed My Classroom

As I have mentioned before, I teach in a small, rural district where there are more free and reduced lunch kids than not. We have a skeleton teaching staff, minimal para-pros, and there are no custodians in the building between 2 and 4pm, so if a kid throws up between those hours, we are pretty much on our own. These school characteristics are a direct result of the current economic status - causing added stress to area community members and the school budget.

HOWEVER, I have…


Added by Beverly George on March 21, 2010 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Using cell phones to teach algebra!

Recently a friend emailed me a message titled, "Using cell phones to teach algebra". The email was only a link to the following article that Education Week Magazine published: "Solving Algebra using SmartPhones"

The article goes on to explain how one school in NC received a grant that allowed them to give each of their students a windows… Continue

Added by Arthur Weiss on March 21, 2010 at 12:32am — 1 Comment

What comes first. . teaching application or conceptualization???

At a recent learning community meeting within our district a colleague and I had an interesting conversation about students and their learning. It was suggested that perhaps it might be more beneficial to teach students the rout skill and application in algebra before going deeper and teaching the conceptualization and connections. The theory seemed to be if students began with a basis of prior knowledge then conceptualization would be easier.

This seems to go against everything I… Continue

Added by Patricia Ragsdale on March 16, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Activity Exchange for all TI Calculators including N-Spires

Texas Instruments has an Activities Exchange that makes prepackaged lessons available for a variety of subjects, grade levels, content expectations and calculators. Most activities come with worksheets, lesson plans and apps for TI calculators. Very cool!!!

Click here to check it out.

Added by Tom Adams on March 11, 2010 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Teaching the Test

In college, one of my courses used:…


Added by Tom Adams on March 11, 2010 at 5:09pm — No Comments

March Session

Our final session in March was a bit of a disappointment for me. I was very excited to get my new equipment to use, but I was disappointed that the conference was ending for the year. This has been a very valuable use of time for me. I have learned so much and I have been so motivated by the many wonderful teachers at the conference.…


Added by Jennifer Lynn Howard on March 9, 2010 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

A Reflection - How Has Your Teaching Evolved?

With the last session of A4A officially over, I ask how has your teaching practice evolved? Through a series of 8 workshops, we have been exposed to many ideas (new and old alike). Is there anything that you are now mindful of while teaching a particular unit? Are you seeking more student input in your lessons? Let us know.

I know that A4A has changed my teaching practice. I am definitely more mindful of including the table, symbolic form, and graph (where appropriate). I try to… Continue

Added by John Pizzo on March 7, 2010 at 11:17am — 3 Comments

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