This time of year brings a number of challenges in the classroom. The concept of time seems to become fluid, where class periods seem to go by in a moment and the week seems to drag on forever. The impossibility of achieving 100% attendance captures the concept of the asymptote with precision. And, obviously, the pressure […]
Teacher Leader and Instructional Coaches Network Quarterly Planning Meeting May 18, 2015 10:00 AM Edmond Administration Building Edmond, OK Host: Robbyn Glinsmann Robbyn.Glinsmann@edmondschools.net A small group of us have been working to get this network started and we are excited to grow the network. Who should come? If you are a teacher leader, even if […]
Talk about math. Talk about anything you like about math. Talk about it anywhere, with anyone. Tell them why it’s great. Tell them how you think. Tell them how it surprises you, how it charms you, and how it all fits together. Kids Love to talk! We talk about our reading, our writing, our science, […]
Starting April 20, Telannia Norfar will host monthly webinars focused on Oklahoma math classrooms. This month’s webinar will focus on the Question Formulation Technique. The technique helps students learn how to ask questions that will led them to learning important concepts. During the webinar, Norfar will share experiences from her own classroom. The hour webinar […]
This summer, spend time at an Oklahoma college or university and discover the fascinating worlds of aeronautics, forensic science, engineering, environmental conservation and much more! Summer Academies are FREE! Be sure to request applications from the contact person listed under the academy you choose. Or call 1.800.858.1840 for more information. What – Free STEM Summer Academies Who – […]
Eagerly experiment, explore and create at the nationally renowned Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics during a jam-packed, three-week summer academy. Fill your summer days learning from the best – a faculty experienced at teaching college-level in subjects ranging from photography to physics and from plants to presidents. Located on the school’s, 32-acre campus in […]
Math teachers, in general, are usually good at following a schedule and sticking to a routine, unless it is the week leading up to March 14. Pi Day is an international holiday in the eyes of math teachers all across the world. I also recently learned that March 14 happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday […]
“There are two versions of math in the lives of many Americans: the strange and boring subject that they encountered in classrooms and an interesting set of ideas that is the math of the world, and is curiously different and surprisingly engaging. Our task is to introduce this second version to today’s students, get […]
How aggravating is it to look at a student’s paper and see only the answers written (sometimes incorrectly) with nothing else? Well, turn their problem solving into a game! One simple roll of the die can help guide students to explain and communicate their thinking on paper when solving problems.
Replace indifference with curiosity. Replace consumption with creativity. Replace competition with collaboration. Replace isolation with conversation. Michael Fenton is one of a few folks out there who help me see through some of the distractions around what good teaching looks like. With so much emphasis on technology in the classroom, Michael questions whether or not […]
Specific values of coins is sometimes hard for kids to conceptualize because the size of coins doesn’t quite match the value. You can use unifix cubes and a hundreds board to really drive home the understanding that different coins have different values.
Capture Perplexity Share Perplexity Resolve Perplexity While Dan Meyer’s presentation starts with a focus on technology, he explores tools that help him create great learning opportunities for students. His talk has many implications for the instructional design process and how he so desperately pursues perplexity. [Read Dan’s original post about his CUE Presentation here.] As he begins to […]
Are you wanting to attend a professional development but your school doesn’t have the funds to send you? Do you want to implement a new strategy or tool in the classroom but no money? What would you do if your desires could be funded? I am very familiar with this situation. Rather than admit defeat, […]
Seeking advice from my early elementary teachers… I recently shared this article because, well, it is great stuff. However, one part has been popping up in my thoughts several times. The author says that, for Kindergarten and First, it may be more helpful to use a number path instead of a number line. I read […]
Do you live near the Ada area? Would you love to collaborate with other math educators about topics that are of a concern to you? Do you want students to be successful at mathematics. Well, SE OK Math Consortium is just for you. The SE OK Math Consortium’s goal is to ensure mathematical success for […]