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Thu, May 17, 2018
After a morning flash of insight, I spent way too much time on this Linear Regression Desmos Activity. It seemed like too cool of an idea to not do, although I'm sure it could be better. be For 4 weeks I've followed the IM 8th grade unit on data associations with my Algebra class, but I didn't really have a cool way to talk about what linear regression is, or have a way to teach the kids how to use the regression features in Desmos. In retrospect, I could have sailed into the #MTBoS and found what other people are doing around regression, but I sort of burned my boats when I started making this thing. I trudged on in making this thing until 8 minutes before class, when I realized I needed make copies, and get upstairs. In all the work on the activity and the copies I didn't Read the full post...
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Sat, Mar 17, 2018
So you're at a PD, a really awesome one at that. Everybody is quietly thinking about the prompt “What is assessment?” Your neighbors are writing things like “Assessment is knowing where kids are, where they need to go, and what you should do next.” These poetic statements allude to many parts of a real-time data gathering and analyzing process . Diagnostic assessment, summative assessment, formative assessment are all critical pieces of information that end up letting the teacher know what they need to maximize student growth and learning. The information gained from assessment become the ingredients that “Chef Teacher” can use to create any number of delicious stews, or salads, or souffles. The facilitator tells everyone to stop writing and to stand up and share with someone new. After 15 awkward seconds of trying to lock eyes with someone, you find a partner across the room. After shaking hands you read Read the full post...
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Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Today was the first day of my new class. We're calling it The Lottery. The “we” for this cycle is me and my co-teacher, who is awesome. We've talked a lot about the class and it is challenging me and my regular routine, and it's leading to great results so far. My typical probability class is serving as the frame for this class, and we are modifying it. Heavily. It'll probably be a whole different experience by the time we get finished. We're calling it the lottery to tap into some of the kids natural curiosity about something around them, as opposed to my previous class which centered around a make-believe carnival. Today we began class with another number talk, and then we did four corners about the lottery. [iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRHZsxBDjZgx6ahsOzjnGdfic8csna6nheQTKrRc_Z8FKIb9zVoTtbwwhmbvJbCqnVghuYGVl8yZ9IW/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”] Dice, Playing Cards, Cuisenaire rods, and all the random stuff we brought in so kids could Read the full post...
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Fri, Feb 02, 2018
It's been a long, rough, couple of months since my last post. I can briefly fill you in on all the stuff that has happened. Our second baby is 4 months old!!! My last class ended in wonderful fashion. I had a solid pass rate and I got lots of good feedback about the number talk routines that I began each class with (which I'll write a blog post about soon). I've wrapped up a PD that uses the problem solving and helps teachers learn using video (which I'll write a blog post about soon). I took a month to come up with some pretty good New Year's Resolutions (one of which is to write more blog posts, soon). I also started this Eczema Diet after jump to two kids triggered the worst flare of my lifetime with the disease. After a fall and winter full of audits and external pressure, our school finally has Read the full post...
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Tue, Aug 09, 2016
One of the reasons I haven't kept up with blogging is because I always want to wait until I have the final, perfect draft before I post to my blog. But the thing is, I never have final perfect drafts of anything. So I have to get over that. What I do have is a lot of decent ideas and thoughts in the Notes App in my iPhone. Yesterday, as I pushed my five-month-old around the neighborhood, I wrote out 4 goals for this school year in my Note as she slept. Now mind you, this is a draft. But the beauty of sharing it before it's finalized is that I can get feedback from all the (zero) folks reading my blog. So what I have here are my goals and shorter “titles” for the goals. Neither is an expanded version of the goal, but if I wait until Read the full post...
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