April 2010 Blog Posts (7)

Math help online.

I was perusing around the State of Michigan website to see what is going on with the math curriculum currently and if there was anything new out there. I came across the homework help tab and noticed that it simply directs parents and students to their own school web page to seek help. I don't know about other schools, but our web page definitely doesn't have any homework help system on it. I was curious if any districts downstate have that set up yet. If so, who manages it and sends out… Continue

Added by Jamie Tuch on April 21, 2010 at 10:57pm — 1 Comment

wish list

If you could wish for something for your classroom and money was no option, what would you wish for technology wise?
What is the latest/greatest equipment?
Does anyone use the inspire calculators with students? It is much greater than TI-84s?

Added by Jeanie Boerger-Dixon on April 21, 2010 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Quadratic Functions

Ahhh.... I can smell the spring in the air and quadratic functions in Algebra class. I just LOVE this time of year!! I'm not sure why, but quadratic functions have always been my personal favorite, especially that good old quadratic formula. :)

Not every 8th grader in my classroom feels the same way, unfortunately. This is the first year I've had the luxury of some extra time without rushing through quadratic functions, so I'm feeling pretty good about myself and my teaching…


Added by Beverly George on April 19, 2010 at 11:41pm — 1 Comment

Video on teaching math

Here is another video to give us some thought about how we teach math.

Added by Jerome Krakowiak on April 18, 2010 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

What are your Summer Plans?

It is almost that time! Summer break is just around the corner and most of us are already planning vacations to our favorite summer getaways. But let's not forget about professional development, lol.

I recently signed up to take an 8 day course titled 'Implementing Algebra I Units.' The course is a lot like our A4A sessions that we attended throughout the year in the sense that it trains teachers how to approach Algebra from a functions based approach. In addition, one of…

Added by John Pizzo on April 10, 2010 at 7:07pm — 1 Comment

Making a Wii smartboard for your classroom.

At the MACUL conference this spring in Grand Rapids I sat in on a

workshop on how to make a Wii smartboard using simple tools. The

speakers name was John Sowash. I am going to put his website below if

anyone would be interested in making one. He gives a step-by-step

method to build one. It could be a summer project for some teachers who

cannot afford to purchase one. It looked like it would be very interactive with the students.…


Added by Jamie Tuch on April 3, 2010 at 4:42pm — 2 Comments

Maturity - stumbling block to understanding

I have noticed that sometimes my student's struggle with Algebra concepts is in fact a maturity issue. The variable and slope concepts are particularly hard for them to digest. I am noticing that these concepts are being introduced earlier in the curriculum. I hope it will make a difference eventually. But sometimes it is a question of "a tincture of time"-- the students are just not mature enough to handle the abstract concepts. What do you do to deal with this?

Added by KC Mowrey on April 1, 2010 at 12:14pm — No Comments

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