December 2010 Blog Posts (11)

Moving Forward with a Meyer-ized Project

After our most recent after-school meeting, my colleagues and I decided to move ahead with a linear function project that we are going to "Meyer-ize".  Our plan is to present the following:


"Will a box of spaghetti (minus the box) support the weight of a…

Added by Beverly George on December 29, 2010 at 9:31pm — No Comments


Change is a part of life…I get that.  Trying to adjust to the changes in my life over the last year hasn’t always been easy.  Since January of 2010, my father passed away, my school closed down, and I’m in a very different teaching position. I certainly haven’t found a way to escape change.  For the purpose of this writing, I will focus only on my new teaching position. 

I knew in advance of my school closing…


Added by Jeff Willard on December 28, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEWS FLASH! Adults pin blame on parents for schools' problems

I was reading the December 12 issue of The Macomb Daily and came across an Associated Press-Stanford University Poll on education. Below are some excerpts:

- 68% of adults believe parents deserve heavy blame for what's wrong with the U.S. education system

- 35% of adults believe teachers deserve a great deal or a lot of the blame

- Conservatives were more likely that moderates or liberals to blame parents

- 67% of adults believe the U.S. is… Continue

Added by John Pizzo on December 21, 2010 at 1:50pm — 1 Comment

Interesting website for teachers.

The following website lists ,by popularity, the top websites for teachers. It might be worth a look for some people.

It is nice in the fact that it pulls them all into one site and lists them in an easy to read fashion. I found a few that interested me and figured someone else could find it useful.

Added by Jamie Tuch on December 13, 2010 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Dan Meyer is my hero!

Every time I see Dan Meyer, I can't wait to get back into the classroom and try something new! His theory of having students build a solution to a vague question is problem solving at its best. Isn't this what the real world is like? In the work force, we are encountered with these types of problems several times... a colleague needs to leave early, and we work together to find out a solution as to who will cover her class... a new design to a part is needed on the assembly line because the…


Added by Beverly George on December 11, 2010 at 8:36pm — 5 Comments

Pandora- Mannheim Steamroller

When I sit at my computer working alone

I usually turn on

once there I always select "Mannheim Steamroller"

or "Mannheim Steamroller-- holiday"

it is mostly instrumentals

but usually by artists I have never heard of.

It just lightens the mood as I slave over correcting papers.


Added by KC Mowrey on December 11, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments

Was I "Professionally Developed"?

Yes, Yes, Yes! I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to learn something new and exiting! I hope that I can raise the interest level of my students with these thought provoking activities. I recommend this class for all Algebra teachers.

Added by Andrea B. Minor on December 6, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

SBG after 12 weeks

Besides wanting to change the overall culture in my classroom, the main reason I wanted to try standards-based grading was to increase the number of students passing my classes. Well, here we are after the 1st trimester, and I only had very minor improvement in that goal.

I have 18 Algebra 1 students, and 4 of them ended up with a C- or above, which is my cutoff for credit. That is an absolutely horrible percentage, and about par for the course ever since the new standards were put in… Continue

Added by Sean Karsten on December 5, 2010 at 7:57pm — 4 Comments

Teaching to the Middle

I was watching CNN Morning news the other day and the following story caught my attention:

Former Govs. Bush and Wise push for digital learning

"Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, R, convened at the national summit on education reform in…


Added by Claudia Heinrich on December 5, 2010 at 4:22pm — No Comments

The acutal cost of the gifts in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas"

PNC Christmas Price Index

For the past 27 years, PNC Wealth Management has illustrated the cost of all the gifts involved in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

This year, PNC has created an online pop-up book filled with animated gifts, an interactive chart, and games…


Added by KC Mowrey on December 3, 2010 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Conceptualizing Large Numbers - the Federal Budget

Recently Obama announced that over the next 90-days he is going to…

Added by KC Mowrey on December 2, 2010 at 9:52pm — No Comments

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