
Math Techniques and Strategies: Linear War
Linear War http://t.co/H0zN3MMe being played by @treverreeh Yeah! #mathchat

it's not done yet, but this is what i've been working to create for kids to work in groups/indiviidually/etc. http://t.co/iCCaSWW

Open Ended problems in Math Ed
Working on a collection of openended problems in #math. Would love some collaboration: http://t.co/gaBDVSdh #edchat #elemchat #mathchat

EOY 2012 « Take It To The Limit
End of the Year Reflection  I like what is done as far as assessing (under what works).

Fast Times of a Middle School Math Teacher: Smart Questions
Question starters for students (to be used instead of "I don't get it").

Taking Lecture and Class Notes
Has handouts in Word about Cornell Notes.

Teaching Statistics: Cornell Notes in Math Class
Blog Post on how Cornell Notes work in Math Class

Lisbon  November 2011  Conferences  Teach Maths
Nice intro to @geogebra by @Richard_Wade "Here's what I used for a 2 hr session of beginners http://t.co/UGYG3Q7z" #mathchat

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  Sidewalk Chalk Adventures
Polar coordinate graphing on sidewalks with sidewalk chalk

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  Linear Equations Eureka
Use a map with a grid to find equations of lines that are parallel or perpendicular to other lines.

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  Transformations
An interesting piecewise function to tranform. Makes sure students have the idea of what the transformations do.

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  Groupwork Transition
Describes the structure of his class. I like what he does with warm ups. Also describes how practice is done in class.

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  $1 Well Spent
Describes his spiral notebook system.

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  Domain, Range, Whataburger?
Find range from Fast Food Websites nutritional informaiton tables online.

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  Puzzles
4x4 puzzles for Trig Identities, Radian/Degree conversions

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  Conic PlayDoh
Make cones with playdoh and use dental floss to create the conic sections.

Algebra and Geometry Assessments Through the Common Core from the Dana Center. Took the survey (http://www.utdanacenter.org/ccss/algebrageometry.php) to get the link.

Talks about preparing for student mistakes rather than preventing them. Helps them to understand WHY things are.

MeTA musings: So, you're interested in standardsbased grading....
Suggestions for starting with StandardsBased Grading.

MeTA musings: Not for a grade: Homework  what's the point?
Class discussion about not grading homework in Standards Based Grading.

Nonagon song recommended by Kate Nowak. Helps with measures of interior angles of a polygon.

Introductory activities to slope and yintercept. Includes worksheets that Mimi used.

Math Teacher Mambo: Game Day...
A review game using musical chairs.

Classroom tool belt  keeps you running to your desk all the time.

JeopardyLabs  Online Jeopardy Template
Build your own Jeopardy template  without PowerPoint.

How To Start a Math Teacher Blog « Let's Play Math!
Has links to posts about blogging tips. This is more math teacher specific, but there are good tips for any blogger here.

Reflections of a High School Math Teacher: Minute to Win it Circuits.....Move and Learn
Students have to assemble a problem that is cut into squares and solve the problem in one minute. Done in pairs.

misscalcul8: Warm Ups and Exit Slips
Looking for input on bellringers and exit slips. Make sure to read the comments.

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  More Math Boot Camp
PDFs of PreCalculus Math Boot Camp materials in the first two weeks of class.

Infinite Sums  math. macs. teaching.  The $1 Textbook
Has pictures of student notebooks. Describes his notebook system.

Hechinger Report  Promise of the 'flipped classroom' eludes poorer school districts
Hechinger Report  Promise of the 'flipped classroom' eludes poorer school districts: http://t.co/n7XYAA0S
Describes how the watching video portion works. However, students must have access to computers. In lower income districts, that means students may watch in class w/ headphones. 
Virtual Filing Cabinet  Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere
Sam Shah's Virtual Filing Cabinet  links to all sorts of blog posts and other good stuff in the internet. Organized by class.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
My Diigo Bookmarks (weekly)
Sunday, June 17, 2012
My Diigo Bookmarks (weekly)

Keeping students sharp through summer – Schools of Thought  CNN.com Blogs
Keeping students sharp through summer http://t.co/zfzyA4sd #cnn
tags: cnn

Approximately Normal (in the classroom): Classroom Management  more like ANGER management...
tags: classroom management

Explain Everything App  A Teachers iPad App
Explain Everything App  A Teachers iPad App http://t.co/1D7wwk7S via @Wizardgold

Education Week Teacher: Why Flipped Classrooms Are Here to Stay
Why are flipped classrooms here to stay? Two early adopters of the model explain: http://t.co/xscdlf8K via @EdWeekTeacher #education
tags: education

Teacher's Guide to The Use of Google Docs in The iPad
Teacher's Guide to The Use of Google Docs in The iPad http://t.co/kExy3KxU via @medkh9

Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom: Sneak Peek at the New HBO Show  Hollywood  Vanity Fair
dear lord i love sorkin... http://t.co/66FI5qPU

Talk Handouts  GGBMidwest2012
Check out what went on at the 2012 #ggbmidwest conference. Download session handouts at https://t.co/UzZ0h5IR
tags: ggbmidwest

Who Should Teach Our Children?  NYTimes.com
Powerful article: Who Should Teach Our Children?: http://t.co/NvZdghCo

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: The Power Of The Lurker
I am a proud twitter lurker! “@web20classroom: The Power Of The Lurker: http://t.co/3eENLusM”

Hechinger Report  Promise of the ‘flipped classroom’ eludes poorer school districts
Can flipping the classroom work in lowincome school districts? http://t.co/zGIuwgA1

Tougher reading standards passed  The Columbus Dispatch
Education bill passes General Assembly  The Columbus Dispatch #ohioed http://t.co/TMbok1qY
tags: ohioed

New York State Common Core Aligned Sample Questions : APDA : P12 : NYSED
NYS common core sample questions are out for grades 38 http://t.co/qeHzOzw7 @Mythagon

Hiram iPad Workshop  Google Docs
Had a great two day iPad wkshp with @pabaco1 and teachers. Agenda and resources we used: http://t.co/lA625HU Loved the exchange of ideas!

Souvenirs and Concessions  Yummy Math
Systems of Equations thru sports & concessions. Context & table/model to understand systems: http://t.co/isHTAqrQ #algebra
tags: algebra

PARCC Model Content Frameworks for ELA/Literacy
Have not made myself knowledgeable about @PARCCPlace Content Frameworks, but hoping to learn more and give feedback: https://t.co/m1v7Pgze

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom
http://t.co/uklffnp: http://t.co/KdvZy7u

Links of Good Posts from Sam's GR
okay using ifttt i just made a tumblr of my "favorited posts" in the 75ish blogs in GR. so if that RSS interests you: http://t.co/tJpiHfr

Room 289 Math  A topnotch WordPress.com site
A new math blogger... kinda... http://t.co/URuSxlG

so funny. but seriously, check out to start
@MSeiler so funny. but seriously, check out http://t.co/F5x0LU8 to start

Assess All Students Before Assisting Any Students  Coach G's Teaching Tips  Education Week Teacher
tags: assisting_students

tags: assessment

Rational Expressions: 4 things more important than SBG
tags: assessment

ODE  College and Career Ready Standards
We have a new web home for all of our new curriculum standards and guides. Check it out: http://t.co/CjxvsXee #ohioed #commoncore
tags: ohioed commoncore
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
SBG and Grades
The past two years, I have taking my scale and converted it to scores out of ten points.
HW Solution?
Students would come into class and pick up a half sheet of paper that looks like this:
(obviously this is the full page I would send to the copier)
On the paper, they would fill in the top and copy (from their homework) a practice problem that they felt good about how they did on it (on the left) and a practice problem that they need some feedback from me (on the right). Since I provide them the answers, they would be able to check themselves to know what was correct. I would need to make clear to them that I would not work out a problem from the beginning for them on this page  receiving feedback means that they would show me what they could do and I would comment on what they did and point them in the right direction.
What do I hope to accomplish?
First, I would hope it would encourage students to do their assigned problems. Second, it would allow me to see what they've actually done on two problems and comment on them.
Downside?
The biggest downside I see at the moment is the time it will take to read through and comment on each paper.
What do you think? Please comment (good and bad) and help me figure out if this is a possible way to encourage students to do their assigned problems and be beneficial to both me and my students. Thanks.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
My Diigo Bookmarks (weekly)

Pros and cons of flipping  Liz Durkin's Blog
Third post within 24 hours! On a roll. Pros and cons of flipping http://t.co/Ve7Qk1tO

A High School Assessment Plan « ZeroKnowledge Proofs
This is what worked (for me) in my last school. http://t.co/oGdoIKbO Sorry these are so long.

Over the 10000 uploaded materials to the http://t.co/sURdl4tJ. Thank you folks! #mathchat
tags: mathchat

So crazy it just might work? :: the Max Ray Blog
tags: low_performers

tags: summary

I don’t think they mean that  Overthinking my teaching
New @trianglemancsd I don't think they mean that  From the Common Core State Standards Progressions document on the... http://t.co/p003MD2n

Unintentionally Inappropriate Test Responses From Children  Happy Place
@MSeiler @approx_normal @k8nowak @bowmanimal RE:Blog. This: http://t.co/aP99TYJP

Mark Raffler Educational Consultant Kent ISD
Common Core Links Mark Raffler Educational Consultant Kent ISD http://t.co/6yoac3Sg

Drawing On Math: How to Draw a Crowd
tags: help

UMass Medical School  Worcester
@approx_normal @mesimmons5 @tbanks1906 @lmhenry9 etc... some neat stuff under the graphic organizers link http://t.co/AVZxhFy
@AmberDCaldwell some interesting matching activities and such for calc here http://t.co/AVZxhFy 
mathreuls [licensed for noncommercial use only] / FLAG
@lmhenry9 @druinok FLAGs http://t.co/V6zSz9NJ

If your school uses a value added model of evaluation, you need to read this. http://t.co/QUfsJX7Q

Behind the Headline: Lessons Are Multiplying : Education Next
Differentiated Instruction is in! Read this @washingtonpost story. Then @MichaelPetrilli 's article. http://t.co/R8Eui8Xi #K12 #education

Teachersneed a refresher course? Studentswant to get ahead of the pack in math? Check out free courses @coursera
https://t.co/cQ0iSBXN 
Supporting Math in the AVID elective
tags: cornell_notes

Cornell Notes  Effective Teaching Practices
tags: cornell_notes

Free Online Graph Paper / Cornell Notetaking Graph
tags: cornell_notes

tags: cornell_notes

tags: cornell_notes

Cornell note taking examplesmath
tags: cornell_notes

Cornell Notes  Cornell Note Taking & Word Templates
tags: cornell_notes

Cornell Notetaking Method Custom PDF Generator
tags: cornell_notes

interactivenotebooks  Cornell notes
@lmhenry9 I've had luck with Cornell + Interactive (http://t.co/h9WadQYt). Over time, wound up with modified version that works for me.

Ohio Resource Center > Promise > Math > Introduction
@lmhenry9 Check out "Program Models" for HS Math. Includes lessons, rich problems, pacing guides, etc. Best part=>FREE! http://t.co/uu4rbfb6

for the love of learning: Giving a student a zero teaches them a lesson
Excellent Post about motivating students. Giving a student a zero teaches them a lesson by @joe_bower http://t.co/0fI7w6lh
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
20 Years
And yet, I have still have a long way to go and enthusiasm left for my job. When I first started teaching, I could potentially retire after 30 years teaching. With the changing conditions of teachers' pensions in the state of Ohio, I could still potentially retire in 10 years, or 11 years. But at that point in time, my first child could be in college, the second one still in high school. I would be 51 (or 52), which is still (relatively) young to retire. And to be honest, I just can't see retiring from teaching at that point. I didn't think I would retire at 30 years when I first started teaching, but it was nice knowing I had that option. With the changes in our state teachers' pension, if I don't retire at 30 or 31 years, I cannot retire until I've taught 39 years (I have to be age 60 and have 35 years in). Although I was a little upset about that at first, I can honestly say that I'm okay with that. At this point, the "plan" is to teach until I reach 40 years, which means I have just hit the halfway point in my teaching career.
Usually at this point of the year, I am jumping up and down to be out of school. In some respects, I am. I was definitely ready to move on to a new group of students from this year's group. But yet, I am a little sad to see some of this year's group go. I had this group in 7th grade, or in 8th grade and 9th grade in some cases and it's been good to see their growth. But this group has also been rather trying in other ways for me (and I've blogged about it and I really don't feel like going there right now to be honest). But instead of jumping up and down on the way out, I was quietly glad for the end of the year. I am looking forward to Twitter Math Camp and the relaxing part of vacation. But there are lots of things circulating in my head that I need to reflect on and decide how to improve.
My summers didn't used to be like this. Ever since I've been involved with the Twitterblogosphere (this blog will be 2 on June 18th and I've been active on Twitter for about 2 1/2 years), my summers have involved introspection, learning on my own about things like Standards Based Grading, and lots of education reading and discussions. And although I'm planning on doing a little of that, I think I am going to be more purposeful in what I am reading. This "Old Dog" is feeling a little worn out right now. It's time to recharge. I'd like to make my next 20 years better than my first 20 years. Thanks to all of you who have helped me (and will help me) become a better teacher. Cheers!
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
SBG For The Rest of the Students
So I sit here Tuesday evening trying to blog the thoughts I've had over the last few days as I close out this year and begin to think about the new one. I suppose I'll have a few posts over the next few days.
Right now the biggest thing on my mind is how next year is going to shape up. My schedule (as of right now) is 1 class of Math 2 (lower ability sophomores  think Geometry without proofs) and 5 classes of Algebra 2. I've taught Math 2 before  it's been 2 years since I had it last, but I haven't done it under SBG before. Since we have to do curriculum maps over the summer, they will be helpful in setting up my Learning Target lists for the year.
As far as Algebra 2 goes, there will be no Advanced Algebra 2 class next year. That means my classes will have students from freshmen, who should be pretty strong mathematically, to sophomores, who are where they should be, to juniors and seniors, who could very well struggle. To be honest, I am little concerned. I think a lot of it goes back to what Michael Pershan blogged about earlier this week.
I did look at my SBG data for this year. I'll spare you all the data like I did last year (SBG Analysis), mainly because I think it's more important to be aware of the overall picture. Like Michael blogged, my top students almost always come in for reassessments. It doesn't matter whether they are in my Advanced Algebra 2 class or regular Algebra 2 class, almost every freshman student I had came in for at least one reassessment at some point of the year. If you include my top sophomore students as well in that group, you will find that the top students, as a whole, come in to reassess. I believe most of them come in because they want to improve their grade, although some come in because they they know they know it better than they showed on the test. Most of these students are successful in improving their scores.
Beyond the top students, most of my other students do not come in for reassessments. Although this does concern me as a whole, it really concerns me about the lower ability students. Looking ahead, I want to make sure that they do not get lost, especially knowing that Algebra 2 next year will have a much smaller amount of review from Algebra 1. I'm not sure what to do. I am pretty sure that I do not do the best job of reinforcing with my students that they need to reassess. I am not sure how to best go about doing that without seeming like I am nagging them like their mother. However, I know I need to do a better job with them on talking about SBG on a more regular basis.
However, I am still troubled about those lower level students. I am thinking about a few of my lowest ability students in Algebra 2 this year who really struggled with the second half of the year. How do you get them to come in and get help and reassess? They are high school students  almost adults. How do you get them to feel it is worthwhile to come in and get help and follow through with actually preparing and reassessing. These are students who have struggled with mathematics for a while. Their numbers will be growing, since the State of Ohio has not only mandated that the Class of 2014 will graduate with 4 math credits, but also that one of those credits must be Algebra 2 or its equivalent. My numbers of students who have struggled with mathematics (and will most likely struggle with Algebra 2) will continue to increase. How do I help them to be successful?
I have thought about personally inviting the student to stay after school (or come in before school, or during my planning period) for help. However, many of my students, especially the juniors and seniors, work. As I've mentioned before, many of my students receive free or reduced lunch and work may be more a necessity rather than just to earn some extra money for fun. How do you impress upon them that their schooling needs to take more of a priority? How do you get them to realize that it's okay to come in and get help? Another thought I have had was to set up something after school on a weekly basis where students could come in and get help and I'd have some sort of snack for them. Or donuts in the morning for a before school help session. I would hope that food would help to bring them in, although it can get pricey for me depending on numbers and how often I did it. Also, if I get too many students in the door, it becomes more like class and less a help session for a struggling student.
I know I'm rambling a lot here  as many of you know, I tend to blog what I'm thinking with the hope that somehow it works itself out through the process. I feel really stumped about this one. How do you get the struggling students in for help and back in to reassess?
Sunday, June 03, 2012
My Diigo Bookmarks (weekly)

When not knowing Math can cost you $15,000  YouTube
Can't wait to use this in the fall!.Major math fail on an old episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? http://t.co/9V7OSET8

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: World Wonders: A new flipped classroom tool for teachers
Nice post. Thanks! @coolcatteacher
World Wonders: A new flipped classroom tool for teachers http://t.co/VcwEgNse #educationtags: education

Algebra Taboo « The Roots of the Equation
I made Taboo cards for Algebra and wanted to share. http://t.co/l4yAJhWl

Do Mothers Hamper Their Daughters in Math?  TIME Ideas  TIME.com
Interesting read: http://t.co/aq31Ic1g I'll continue striving to relieve anxiety in my math classroom.. and hope to spread this to others.

Battleship Game for the SMARTBoard – Teachers Love SMART Boards
Fun Battleship game template for the SMART Board  easy to setup and use. A readytoplay version is also avail. http://t.co/psVa5O0T

Algebra Bootcamp in Calculus « Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere

Algebra Taboo « The Roots of the Equation
tags: algebra vocabulary

The truth about flipped learning  eSchool News
The truth about flipped learning http://t.co/v9Ugry0F
tags: flipclass

Recommended #ccss reading: Unwrapping the Standards: A Simple Process to Make Standards Manageable by Larry Ainsworth http://t.co/OHdWS5Zv
tags: ccss

Writing Questions in Algebra II
They aren't good, but I culled my writing questions for Alg II here for @druinok: http://t.co/3De83mc
tags: alg2

HS Math Tech workshop  Google Docs
I'm leading a session next wk on tech in hs math classroom. Here's what I have planned so far: http://t.co/c7BrSJK any ideas to offer?
tags: technology

log scale! http://t.co/Vq2H1Lh
tags: logarithms

How many Apple IDs should your family have? — Apple News, Tips and Reviews
Read this and then try to convince someone that Apple makes everything so simple. http://t.co/coxuXjKi
tags: apple

Deconstructing CCSS « Turn On Your Brain
RT @christinahank: Fipping starts with unpacking. Here's a guide to help you deconstruct #CCSS http://t.co/KaCfX8Ie #ohedeval
tags: CCSS

For math teachers, conversion to new standards may be tough  GothamSchools  @scoopit http://t.co/a3v0M1Wn
tags: ccss

Flipped Classroom: Beyond the Videos  Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher
Flipped ClassroomBeyond The Videos: http://t.co/TxCsSjd2
tags: flipclass

Assessment that Matters  Crazy Teaching
I liked this post Assessment that Matters http://t.co/ebzMSmFl
tags: assessment final_exams

Results of a unit long experiment in SBG and flipping.  gealgerobophysiculus
Great examination/trial of #sbar from @emwdx http://t.co/bTCm9OR3 #edchat #mathchat

OH supt says r Common Core materials have "tremend
OH supt says r Common Core materials have "tremendous value" educating #teachers http://t.co/zbjpWyPH Learn how we help http://t.co/5WxBaFks
tags: ccss

Treasure Hunt Activity  So I Teach Math and Coach?
tags: review

Math Sprints or Worksheet Race...  So I Teach Math and Coach?
tags: review

I'm Back.Again..And Another Relay Race..  So I Teach Math and Coach?
Finally updated my blog, for all my Math geeks :) http://t.co/y3A9m9S
tags: polynomials review

Colorful, Differentiated Learning with Math Stations  I Speak Math
tags: review

Picture Frames to Jazz Up Station Work  I Speak Math
tags: review

Review Activity for Rational Equations « Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere
tags: review alg2 rational_expressions

Institution Content: MATH CURRICULUM
tags: curriculum

alg2teachers [licensed for noncommercial use only] / FrontPage
tags: alg2

Volume of 3D Shapes with Playdoh  I Speak Math
tags: volume

End of Course Vocabulary Brilliance « Megan HayesGolding
tags: vocabulary

I Hope This Old Train Breaks Down...: Completing the Square Geometrically
tags: alg2 completing_the_square

Math Hombre: Gradual Release of Responsibility
tags: teaching responsibility

Spin To Win – Review Game Template – Teachers Love SMART Boards
tags: smartboard reviewgames