We all have those problems of practice in our classrooms that we aim to tackle each year. Last year I took aim at: getting students to practice more. This year I am looking at a more thoughtful problem: making math more meaningful for my Algebra 1 students. What is meaningful math? I have students asking … Continue reading Surveying the Problem
If you have not heard of sketch notes, they are a fascinating multi-modal way to take notes, combining the verbal or written with the visual. I have explored this a little bit with the awesome Doodle Notes from Math Giraffe, but never in video form. So when given the chance to explore making a sketch … Continue reading Sketchnote sketchiness!
I don't usually think that much about questions. Given that I spend most of my time answering questions, and teaching others to answer questions, as a math teacher, that seems like an odd situation. I probably should spend more time thinking about questions. What questions are meaningful? What kinds of questions do I want my … Continue reading All About Questions
Ill-structured problems are problems whose variables change, and whose solutions vary greatly. A high school classroom is full of ill-structured problems. As teachers we are constantly trying to find out what works best in our classrooms, to help students be as successful as possible. Recently, I took a deeper look at helping students with anxiety. Although … Continue reading An Ill-structured problem: helping students with anxiety