Category Archive: Teaching

Aug 15

First Day Plans – Year 33

Its truly hard to believe that I’ve been teaching for 32 years.  First days still feel like those first days with the crazy school dream the night before and the excitement and apprehension before classes begin.  I’m sure this year will be no different. You’d also think that, after 32 years, I’d have this first …

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Apr 14

Sum it Up! – Complex Numbers

I have been very lazy about blogging this year – even though I promised myself I would be better.  I seem to never feel that what I’m doing or the experience I’m having is really that interesting or different.  Lately though, I have run across a couple of activities that I found particularly successful for …

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Apr 07

Unexpected Win – Rational Expressions

I teach two levels of Algebra 2 – academic and honors.  The academic kids are just a little behind where my honors kids are currently – they just need a bit more time to absorb, practice and really pull all the concepts together.  So, as I was starting the rational expressions unit with my academic class, I …

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Oct 24

What do I make?

When I tell someone I’m a high school math teacher, usually one of two things happens.  They tell me how much they hated math and how bad they were at it or they make a comment about how they could “never do THAT JOB” and usually includes a look of pity..   I’m not especially …

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Aug 22

First Three Days

Our pre-week activities ended this Tuesday and kids came back on Wednesday!  Yes, finally kids on Wednesday! We run a mixed schedule of blocks and singles so this week we came back to two blocks with a singleton day on Friday.  The blocks allow us to run an “advisory” of sorts that we call “Black …

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Aug 17

Once a week blog…

So I recently blogged… mainly because my head was too full of things I couldn’t sort out but also because Annie Fetter (@MFAnnie) pushed me a little. Then, without thinking about it much, I said – OUT LOUD on twitter – that I was going to blog once a week.  What was I thinking? So… …

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Aug 05

Keep, Change, Start and Stop – Pondering the beginning of a new year

Seems I only post once a year these days!  At any rate… here’s where my mind is going right now.  Hoping that writing it down will help my mind focus a bit more!   I am quite anxious for thoughts, comments and ideas – so please feel free!! You all are my PLC!  I’m depending …

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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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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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