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Are Barbie’s Legs too long? Understanding Scale Factor

We have been deep into a unit on ratio, rate and proportions. The students have been studying proportions in tables, graphs and equations. One specific application of unit rates is scale factor. I spent a day in class introducing the … Continue reading

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Math Lesson Plans 3: “Tweet for two…and two for tweet”

Students in the middle school grades have a difficult time understanding exponents. I use an activity to demonstrate exponential growth, to show them how exponentiation grows rapidly. Anytime that a lesson can be related to the real world, and more … Continue reading

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Race to the Top and the start of a new school year

Tomorrow is the first day of a new school year. This year, the students will not be arriving until Thursday; normally the students start the second day. This has traditionally been an exciting time, with both teachers and students ready … Continue reading

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Some Goals for the 2012-2013 School Year

It is almost the start of a new school year. This is one of the best things about being a teacher: that each year you have a new fresh beginning! Here are some of my goals. Almost all of them … Continue reading

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Teaching Tools (Edudemic)

10 Incredibly Powerful Teaching Tools of the Future Visual Learning Evolved Currencies Personalization Gamification Social Media Game-Based Learning Connectedness Crowdsourcing Project-Based Learning Digital and Physical Merge One source that I find useful to keep me current on new technologies and … Continue reading

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You should be dancing….and finding ties to real life experience!

Dancing Fever! As I prepare for a new school year, a lot of preparation needs to be put into the development of ratio and proportion for the new common core standards in mathematics. I am always on the lookout for … Continue reading

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Soul Planting

“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul”  ~Thomas Merton I have been teaching for 16 years now.  I am certified seven through twelfth grade math.  From the beginning I had wanted … Continue reading

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