Have you ever asked or said or heard a fellow educator ask or say… “Exactly what constitutes a manipulative?” “I have some of these manipulatives in my closet, but do not have a clue how to use them!” “How do I find the time to use manipluatives in the classroom when I have so much to cover already?” “Aren’t these just toys that students will play with?” “Are these really helpful to … [Read more...]
Happy National National Chocolate Day: October 28thChocolate Day!
National Chocolate Day: October 28th My grandmother always said, "God was in a good mood the day He created chocolate!" I grew up thinking that chocolate was a basic food group! And, I admit, chocolate is one of my weaknesses. What does National Chocolate Day have to do with mathematics! Well - where's the math? Below you will find some suggestions for connecting math and chocolate. Even … [Read more...]
I just returned from NCTM Boston. What a great week! I got to catch up with a lot of old friends and made several new ones as well. My co-author, Leslie Texas, and I did a session on one of our strategies from our book series What's My Move: A Kinesthetic Multisensory Approach to Graphing - (although in the book series we call it Walk This Way). During the session I used the term functionally … [Read more...]
Creative Journaling Summer Workshops
Tammy not only love mathematics and science, but she also loves all things art! Journaling with both words and art is one passion she wants to share through these workshops. These playful workshops encourage participants of all ages to experiment with ideas, words, color, abstract shapes, and combining unexpected things. Each workshop features journal making, fun art, and writing prompts meant … [Read more...]
Algebra I Employment Standards – 2023-2024
State Approved Hybrid Training Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education The State of Tennessee has provided various paths for qualified middle school teachers to teach Algebra I/Integrated Math I for high school credit. The various paths are described at https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing/educator-licensure/licensed-educators.html. The purpose of the trainings … [Read more...]
Putting the “A” in STEAM
Are you looking for a summer workshop for your K-12 students? In July, I will be hosting an art/writing workshop for students K-12. We will be focusing on Putting the "A" in STEAM. This 6-day enrichment workshop will focus around the arts and humanities. Students will create and begin to use a combined art journal and a journal of gratitude. Students will: make their own journal … [Read more...]
My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things As fall is finally approaching here in Tennessee I have begun seeing some ads for one of my all time favorite movies: The Sound of Music. There are so many wonderful songs from the movie. But one of the songs that I loved as a child and still do is My Favorite Things. I was talking about this with one of my grandsons recently and he asked me an interesting question, given … [Read more...]
Will you be celebrating August 15, 2017?
Will you be celebrating August 15, 2017? Why, you may ask?This question makes a great bell ringer or writing prompt for MS/HS math students –even for those who have not yet studied the Pythagorean Theorem. Of course, 8-15-17 is a Pythagorean Triple! This “holiday” does not happen every year. On this day, spend some time with your students discussing Pythagoras and his namesake theorem. Picture … [Read more...]
Happy Palindrome Week!
Mathematical Palindromes A palindrome is a word or a number that can be read the same way in either direction. For example, MOM is still MOM if read backwards. “A man, a plan, a canal, Panama” is a famous palindrome about the building of the Panama Canal. Palindromes can also be numbers. 121 is still 121 if read from the other direction. Time & Date says: A … [Read more...]
Bridging the Gap from May to August with Mathematics
Did you know that the level of a student’s intelligence is usually not the primary deficiency in being successful in middle school or high school mathematics? There is a myriad of reasons that students struggle with mathematics. These range from attendance, attention span, instruction, and personal issues, to math anxiety and low self-esteem and motivation. Today’s middle school and high school … [Read more...]
Professional Development for Educators: Two Top 10 Lists
Do your students deserve the very best teacher you can be? Great teachers help mold great students! One of the foundational traits that conscientious educators model is being a life-long learner. For educators, this means finding opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge to support their students’ classroom experiences. A couple of years ago I came across this Sketchnote by Sylvia … [Read more...]
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