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Mathematics for Human Flourishing

I've been making my way through the text, Mathematics for Human Flourishing by Frances Su and Christopher Jackson. At first, as I read his claims and poked a bit at the math, my response was my usual: I like algebra because it is neat and tidy and, best of all, you can check your own… Continue reading Mathematics for Human Flourishing

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Belief and confidence

A few years ago, I had a student with severe math anxiety.  She had generalized anxiety, but math was a particular trigger.  At the start of the year, she had unlimited time on all math tests, which resulted in her redoing the first problem that she encountered on any given test, over and over and… Continue reading Belief and confidence

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Jamboards for Brainstorming

My colleague and thought partner, Jack Czajkowski, set my brain spinning when he shared a Jamboard with me a few months ago.. He had written a Jamboard for students to begin brainstorming their ideas to a series of prompts, all designed to introduce students to the engineering design process. I'm not any kind of science… Continue reading Jamboards for Brainstorming

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a thousand words…

I think we are all familiar with the expression about how a picture is worth a thousand words. I recently came face-to-face with the power of this axiom with a math/science twist, looking not at pictures, but at graphs. I was stunned to see the power of graphs drawn from my failing chemotherapy blood counts… Continue reading a thousand words…

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Being Mortal

I have been blessed to find The Healing Garden, a non-profit center for cancer patients in Central Massachusetts. Of course, in our COVID world, distance matters less than it used to, as all offerings are available virtually at this time, but various staff members at the Healing Garden have supported me in this crazy reality… Continue reading Being Mortal

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The next generation of ASSISTments

In 2019, I spent summer vacation plowing through the Eureka math curriculum, grades 6-8, making videos of every problem, followed by returning to the start and creating text versions of the hints I had first recorded. As I wrote at the time, it was amazing professional development, as I had to get inside every single… Continue reading The next generation of ASSISTments

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Exoskeleton for my 6th graders

Exoskeleton: a rigid external covering for the body in some invertebrate animals, especially arthropods, providing both support and protection We are a few weeks into the school year, which means that we’ve reached a point where some of my students have settled into a good rhythm and are doing well...and some of my students have… Continue reading Exoskeleton for my 6th graders

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Jamboard Start Reflection

As with so many of my posts from the past year, the inspiration and content of this post comes from my colleague and thought partner, Jack Czajkowski, 8th grade science teacher at GCVS. He reached out in our chat to ask if I had "protocols" I use with my students when I do Jamboards, since… Continue reading Jamboard Start Reflection

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Starting Jamboards Again

As we plan for our third full week of instruction, I've started implementing two Do Now's a week, Tuesday and Thursday at the start of math class. Heading into week three, I'm ready to begin Jamboards...finally! I started by going back through lots of the past Jamboards, trying to think about which style and which… Continue reading Starting Jamboards Again

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New beginnings

Tuesday morning marked my second "first morning" at GCVS, the virtual school I began to teach at last year. Last year at this time, we were not preparing to have school start the next day. On the contrary, the commissioner of education had granted all the schools 10 additional days to get prepared for what… Continue reading New beginnings