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Date registered: June 30, 2013

Latest posts

  1. 31 and counting… — August 16, 2016
  2. Sum it Up! – Complex Numbers — April 14, 2016
  3. Unexpected Win – Rational Expressions — April 7, 2016
  4. Can an activity be a success and failure at the same time? — March 5, 2016
  5. Domain and Range – $25,000 Pyramid Style — October 25, 2015

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  1. Keep, Change, Start and Stop – Pondering the beginning of a new year — 4 comments

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Oct 11

The beginning……goals and first results

The beginning of the school year is always a time of turmoil for me.  I’m so excited to get started and so nervous at the same time.  You’d think, after 30 years, that I’d be used to it.  NOT! This year I was particularly excited to get started.  I get to work with Kate Nowak (@k8nowak) …

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Aug 23

What is EnCoMPASS?

What is EnCoMPASS?  How does that help your teaching?  What do you get out of it?   Since I became an EnCoMPASS fellow two years ago I’ve probably been asked those questions about 100 times.  I always struggle some with the answer.  Its hard to put into words exactly what EnCoMPASS is – at least …

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Aug 01

Why I Tweet…

So I love to teach… I don’t mean like “love” to teach, I mean I passionately LOVE to teach to the point where I’m annoying to others that aren’t maybe as crazy about it as I am.  Folks wonder about me.  “How could she really love to work with those obnoxious teenagers everyday?”  “Why would she …

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Jul 21

Things to try while teaching a week long summer boot camp…

So back in April, my mouth opened and this came out… “Wouldn’t it be great to have a week of summer school of sorts to help kids get ready for Algebra 2?  Sorta of an Algebra 1 Review – Algebra 2 Preview type thing.  I think it could really help all of our kids.  Thoughts? …

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Jul 04

SBG – reflections, thoughts and questions

Full disclosure – this is a long post (even though I rewrote it to try to make it shorter!)  Much of it is me thinking out loud with some questions/thoughts at the end. Standards Based Grading as its looked for me so far…. Year 1 – Used in my Algebra 1 class.  The learning targets …

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Jun 07

What this 29-year veteran teacher learned this year….

Any of you that know me personally know that the 2012-2013 school year was a rough one for me so I was less than sure about how this one might go and what that might mean for my future in education and at my school.   So a year after that challenging one, here’s where …

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Nov 30

Completing the Square

Completing the Square always seems to be one of the toughest concepts for Algebra 2 kids to do and understand.  I always seem to be looking for a new way to tackle it with my kids. A few years ago I started with the vertex form of the equation – teaching the transformations and showing …

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Nov 30

Love letter to #MTBoS (or why I blog…)

So, as many of you might already know, the great Kate Nowak (@k8nowak) is doing a presentation about the benefits of blogging at the NCTM conference!  (Whoo Hoo – wish I could be there.)  She has asked folks to “talk” a bit about why they blog and what blogging has brought to their teaching (and …

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Oct 16

Struggling with struggling…

There are lots of things that I’d like to teach kids besides how to complete the square or graph an exponential function.  Here’s what I’m thinking about right now… How do I help kids be “ok” with struggling and (even better) see the value in the struggle? I teach some incredibly gifted kids in Algebra …

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Oct 06

Exploring the MTBoS

The MathTwitterBlogosphere has been so helpful and inspirational to me that I really wanted to try to give back and participate a little in the challenges over the next few weeks.  I don’t promise to be inspirational or even good – just to make an effort to participate!  If you’d like to participate – check …

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