
http://www.educationaldesigner.org/ed/volume1/issue3/article9/pdf/burkhardt_09_fig3.pdf
Sample rich problems from the Shell Centre (UK)

Reasoning and Sense Making Task Library
From NCTM  possible rich tasks.

Game Theory, Popular Science  Popular Science
Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their ... Exam http://t.co/LVOh7dzHOa

View Treisman's presentation, 'Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize', along with his presentation slides, here: http://t.co/MS5onSFZwl #NCTMDenver

Is it time we banished homework?  Schools  Education  The Independent
Is it time we banished homework? http://t.co/FGgudqXFyU #edchat

CCSSI Mathematics: Godzilla vs. Consortia
@absvalteaching Probably these folks. http://t.co/lFMTjdVovG

Should Teachers Count Off When Students Don’t Show Work?  StateImpact Indiana
Do students need to show their work? http://t.co/Y8iBoTNdJf

The goods [#NCTMDenver]  Overthinking my teaching
The goods [#NCTMDenver] http://t.co/7l7TjXAnUQ great overview of @trianglemancsd's NCTM talk. What is really needed in algebra.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Links (weekly)
Sunday, April 21, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Links (weekly)

Treisman's equity talk, which Zal Usiskin called the best NCTM talk he'd seen, is right here. So good. http://t.co/2KvGP964FC #NCTMDenver
tags: NCTMDenver

Dereliction of duty by HS teachers  Granted, and...
I want this for our next inservice! http://t.co/JUIr5YsG9H

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: An Uncommon Opportunity
National Council of Teachers of Math: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: An Uncommon Opportunity http://t.co/aukybFYZZF #ohioed
tags: ohioed

#ncsm13 9researchaffirmed practices: 13 http://twitter.yfrog.com/nzw8utjmj #leinwand
#ncsm13 9researchaffirmed practices: 13 http://t.co/imTe7fk8Ep #leinwand

#ncsm13 9 researchaffirmed practices: 79 http://t.co/lSwxIe5EES #leinwand (missed 46, will get slides)

@Mythagon Steve's homepage  http://t.co/Q7uRFAwpWn

Michael Serra: Patty Paper Geometry
@algebrainiac1 @pamjwilson @j_lanier Get lots of patty paper. Then this: http://t.co/W8YCyPEdbo

The Art of Questioning in Mathematics  Robert Kaplinsky  Glenrock Consulting
New blog post on how teachers can improve their questioning to align w/ CCSS & help Ss better articulate themselves: http://t.co/zSrhXNYKVW

Two by Four  ZeroKnowledge Proofs
How John does a formative assessment strategy called two by four with multiplying radicals.
tags: radicals formative assessment alg2
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Please help by sharing your classroom practices
So, I reach out to my teaching friends in the Math Twitterblogosphere for help. I don't know who else to ask. Please remember that I teach high school (primarily 10th graders, but I do have all grades) and understand that I see my students 50 minutes each day. If you could share what has worked in your classrooms in the comments, I would be greatly appreciative. I need to have somewhere to start.
The two main areas I want to and need to work on are student engagement and differentiation. What do you do in your classes to have students doing most of the "work" if you will and you, as teacher, not being the one up in front of the class? How do you structure your lessons to accomplish this? I realize that not every concept will lend itself to some of these strategies, but any guidance you can give will help. John Scammell shared what he did with multiplying radicals earlier and I am using that here in the near future. How do you create these kinds of materials? How do you set up the worksheet for them to discover the rules? What other strategies do you have to share?
As far as differentiation goes, I guess the biggest question I have at the moment is how do you structure and put into practice differentiated assessments while making sure that every student demonstrates they know the concept and without making your job a nightmare to grade them? Do you use tests or do you use something else (projects, assignment, etc.)? If you don't use tests, how do you structure the project or assignment to ensure that the student demonstrates their own knowledge (as opposed to his or her knowledge with help) or do you not worry about it so much?
If you don't want to respond in the comments and would rather email me, you are welcome to email me at lmhenry9 at gmail dot com. Thanks in advance for your help.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Links (weekly)

Drawing On Math: Exponentials In Context
Equations or information to write equations that Tina gave to students hand them write their own problem situations.
tags: exponentials

Quadrilateral Diagonals Properties  the radical rational...
Properties of quadrilaterals using diagonals.
tags: geometry quadrilaterals

the agony and dx/dt: Free Calculus Stuff From Me!
tags: calculus

My Problem Based Curriculum Maps  emergent math
Went ahead and added an Algebra 2 Common Core aligned Problem Based Curriculum Map > http://t.co/VD37nE0Ur7

What I’m Thinking As Common Core Math Tests Near  GothamSchools
What are the challenges of the implementing the #CCSS ? One teacher weighs in @gothamschools http://t.co/bu6f1XheVi
tags: CCSS

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Sunday, April 07, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Links (weekly)

50 Common Core Resources For Teachers
50 Common Core Resources For Teachers http://t.co/Yrxojqxam0 via @teachthought

23 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able To Do With An iPad
23 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able To Do With An iPad http://t.co/ICInGXZCPt via @teachthought

Tech Learning : PARCC: Is This the Next Big Thing?
PARCC: Is This the Next Big Thing? http://t.co/3HleQVh7S9

A Really, Really Cool Website For Students Who Think They Hate Math
A Really, Really Cool Website For Students Who Think They Hate Math http://t.co/vHZ4D6owNl via @teachthought

CCSSCTE Classroom Tasks  Achieve
Integrating CCSS & CTE provides teachers with authentic tasks for mathematics and CTE courses. http://t.co/vHvZuwp598 #ohioed
tags: ohioed

7 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom  TeachHUB
7 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom http://t.co/35Redvdshi @TeachHub #commoncore #ccss #edchat
tags: commoncore ccss edchat

Going Deeper – Planning Next Steps in Standards Roll Out  Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots session recap: Going Deeper – Planning Next Steps in Standards Roll Out http://t.co/vnhJbcr4V8 #ohioed #ohdots

21st Century Icebreakers: 11 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology  TeachBytes
21st Century Icebreakers: 11 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology http://t.co/pV8tXQ6bA4 via @wordpressdotcom

Common Core State Standards Initiative
Where @CCSSIMath examines sample questions from Smarter Balanced and PARCC http://t.co/Dit2W2LJKX

Collaborate, Differentiate and Integrate with the Common Core  Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots session recap: Collaborate, Differentiate and Integrate with the Common Core. #ohioed #ohdots http://t.co/RAZJ6vPjf0

How to Create HighQuality and Rigorous LEA Assessments for OTES  Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots session recap: How to Create HighQuality, Rigorous LEA Assessments for OTES http://t.co/3fyVR2EG2Y #ohioed #ohdots

Education Week: The Math Standards and Moving Beyond the Worksheet
How often are we "gps'ing" our learners instead of letting them find their own way? http://t.co/brqAxOdUR4 Article brings up some good ?s.

Preparing for the Administration of Next Generation Assessments  Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots session recap: Preparing for the Administration of Next Generation Assessments http://t.co/eOZDkJFVYb #ohioed #ohdots

Check out TCESC's iPad in Education site http://t.co/k9gZN2PUjS

Connecting the Dots  Diving Deeper into Ohio's Education Reform Efforts
Recap of Connecting the Dots summaries from key sessions, other info from breakouts you may have missed. #ohdots http://t.co/7je1OLDzin
tags: ohdots

7 Habits of Highly Effective EdTech Leaders [#Infographic]  EdTech Magazine
"7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers who use Technology" http://t.co/h5xfuZslgz

RT @tshreve Kasich's (Ohio) funding formula fails traditional schools http://t.co/l2Aiknv9oE #edpolicy
tags: edpolicy

EPSILONDELTA: Asymptote Bingo
tags: asymptotes graphing alg2

Infinigons, etc.: BacktoBack Pictionary!
Students describe graphs using specific sentence starters (based on how the graphs change).
tags: graphing

Everybody is a Genius: Extra Help
How she uses livebinders to organize practice/information for students on various topics. Need to look more into this.
tags: practice livebinders
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Lost My Mojo
I am worn out. I don't think I have worked harder as a teacher than I have this year, and to be honest, I cannot say that I feel that this has been my best year as a teacher. With Common Core and the changes to the Algebra 2 curriculum, I have been doing everything from scratch for it. Some of the stuff I have used previous years has been all right to use, but for the most part, I am starting fresh. I almost hate to say it out loud, but I am not happy with how stuff has turned out.
I had high hopes for this school year before it began. The year did not begin the way I would have liked it and I don't think that I ever really recovered from it. It's not worth going into the details and rehashing it, but as I sit back and reflect, I know that the start of the year ended up setting the tone for me. I had one stretch during state testing where I was actually ahead in my planning, but most nights I am planning for the next day or maybe a day or so ahead.
I feel so incredibly lost at times in terms of how I should be setting up my classes. I have taught for 21 years and for most of that time, I was the "sage on the stage." I don't think I ever effectively learned how to be the "guide on the side," even though those two phrases have been en vogue for a while. I want to be less helpful and push my students to do more of the thinking on their own, however, I find myself going back to direct teaching when introducing new material. I do have to say that I think my questioning techniques have improved. I do feel like I am asking good questions and I have brought in Max's "What do you notice?" much more into my repertoire lately. As I reflect on what I have designed this year, I still feel that an awful lot looks like what stuff from textbooks have looked like for years. From what we have heard on Common Core, I know that's not going to cut it.
It's not that I don't want to design better lessons. I do. I'm just not feeling it right now at all. I keep going back to that I don't know how to, but the reality is that I could probably figure it out with enough time and energy. Right now, I lack the energy. I feel like I have lost my planning mojo. There are even days that I don't find teaching as enjoyable as I used to. Now, part of that may be that I am teaching the same thing 4 times a day. Some of it is that I need some new tools in my tool box and I just haven't had time to find them.
I miss sharing on Twitter. I still read pretty much daily, although I do a lot of skimming. But the conversations are not the same for me. I find it hard to have some of the richer conversations that we did at times in the last 2 years  especially as I was trying to figure out Standards Based Grading. I really ought to be having some of those types of conversations on Twitter about planning and how to implement the Standards for Mathematical Practice in my classroom and all sorts of stuff. However, honestly, as of late, it seems that when I post a query on Twitter, it gets ignored or lost in the shuffle. I suppose I have to think about how to start the conversation in 140 characters again.
Like Kristen Fouss, I have thoughts about leaving the classroom this year. I can't quite pinpoint why I am having these thoughts. I have taught in the classroom for 21 years and that's pretty much what I know. But this year has worn on me. I can't say I'm thrilled with the direction things seem to be heading, not that I am totally sure what that is right now. However, I have no idea what what I would do instead of teaching. Would I like it? What if I am not happy not teaching? It would be very difficult to get back in with 21 years experience and a Masters Degree. Not to mention, leaving public education right now would dramatically change our life plans later on for my husband and I. However, the idea does intrigue me a little. I can't say I have seen anything that is worth pursing, but it is an interesting thought.
So where does that put me at the moment? Worn out. Trying not to start counting the days until the end of the year (we just started the fourth grading period  that could be really bad!). Trying to figure out where my planning and teaching mojo has gone and desperately wanting it to return. So, please, if you've seen my planning and teaching mojo, send it back. I won't even ask where you found it. I'd be very grateful. Thanks.