Monday, December 16, 2013
Making the Unit Circle Game
Making the Unit Circle Activity
Here's what ours looked like after we had it assembled:
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Exact Values Color by Number
Exact Value Color by Number
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Piecewise Function Fun
I started off with this activity that I got from here. I love it because it builds to a piecewise function instead of just diving in. And it lets me review writing equations for lines without having to take out a day just for that. And all the functions are linear, which lets the piecewise functions be the focus instead of reviewing all kinds of different functions (which we would do on another day).
Piecewise Day 1
The next day, we did this worksheet that I got from the fabulous Sam Shah. I like it because it builds on the worksheet we did the day before and throws in a few nonlinear pieces to the functions. And it focuses on evaluating piecewise functions. The best part was that we did the worksheet under blacklights using highlighters. The kids LOVED it! I think black light math is something I will incorporate more often, especially when we're graphing, because the graphs done in highlighter really pop!
Piecewise Day 2
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I'm baaaaaack!
I've had lots of changes this year. My school went from a seven period day to an eight period day this year, so classes got a little shorter and I have a lot more students. My biggest class (an AP Calculus class) is 34 (35 if you count my TA) and my smallest class (a PreAP PreCalculus class) is 10 (11 if you count my TA). I have a total of 115 students in PreAP PreCalculus.and 60 students in AP Calculus. This is my 9th year at this school and when I first started, I only had 14 students in AP Calculus. I'm so proud of the fact that so many more kids get exposed to Calculus now! For a school our size, our Calculus numbers are ahmazing!
I'm also continuing/expanding my flipped classroom this year while also implementing SBG and Interactive Notebooks. As a result, I changed my classroom setup a little.
Monday, June 24, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (6/21/13)
Monday, June 17, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (6/7/2013)

tags: calculus

tags: trigonometry identities

tags: trigonometry sine curve equation worksheet

tags: biorhythms sine curve trigonometry activity

Coupla Things That Are Working
tags: classroom activities

My Introduction to Rational Functions
tags: rational functions algebra2 precalculus

tags: precalculus trigonometry puzzle

Teaching Statistics: Made 4 Math Monday #2
tags: classroom organization teacher binder

First Day Back (well, on 8/7)... HOLY CHEEEZITS.
Love the idea of getting their 3 fave songs on the first day and making a class playlist....
tags: classroom organization first day procedures
Thursday, June 6, 2013
LiveBinders
My best advice is to go right now and sign up. Then play around with the sample binder for a few minutes (that's all it will take because it's just that user friendly) before you dive into making a binder of your very own.
I'll share a few that I've already made.
PreAP PreCalculus LiveBinder
AP Calculus AB LiveBinder
Review Games LiveBinder
Creating Your Own PLN LiveBinder
If you create one, leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Headbandz
Friday, May 31, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (5/31/13)

Great Lessons: Evan Weinberg’s “Do You Know Blue?”
tags: lessons programming math

tags: algebra

New Paradigm for Professional Development
tags: PD

tags: stations high school math

7 Easy GIFs That Will Teach You All You Need To Know About Trigonometry In 5 Minutes

tags: precalculus livebinder

Honors Precalc Resources  LiveBinder
tags: precalculus livebinder

Introduction to Geogebra, plus One Big Idea
tags: introduction geogebra

tags: binomial theorem jigsaw precalculus algebra2

Amazon.com: Danica McKellar: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

[SBG] Synthesis Assessments: How Do They Work?
tags: synthesis assessments sbg

tags: formative assessment sbg

tags: senior
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Assessments
Friday, May 24, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (5/24/13)

tags: student created publication math science

tags: middle school geometry volume surface area lesson activity

Inexpensive & Versatile Whiteboards
tags: whiteboards

tags: precalculus trigonometry graph project

The Order of Operations is Wrong
tags: order operations PEMDAS middle school

tags: middle school estimation surface area geometry activity

tags: algebra2 precalculus conics project

tags: middle school slope activity

FYI: Seniors are SO Over School
tags: end of year senior assignment
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Started Working On My Master's!
I'm getting my Master's through the University of Texas at Arlington. They have an academic partnership that allows you to get your Master's in Curriculum and Instruction  Math Studies completely online. You take one class at a time. Each class runs for five weeks, then you get a week off before the next class starts. It's a total of 36 hours and takes 18 months to complete. I'll let you know how it goes, but after working out some initial technology issues and getting over starting off a couple of days behind because of those issues, I'm pleased with the overall experience.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Sequences and Series Project
Sequences & Series Project
If I were to make one change to it for next year, I think I would have them create a sequence that was neither arithmetic or geometric. But overall, I really like it! It's the perfect project for this time of year.
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (5/17/13)

tags: precalculus resources

The 7 Most (And Least) Effective Ways To Improve Student Achievement
tags: improving student achievement

tags: middle school geometry activity

20 Ways To Make Professional Development More Effective
tags: professional development

tags: algebra algebra2 precalculus exponential patterns activity

SCSD: Instruction: StandardsBased Grading
tags: SBG

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Can I Be a Better Teacher Next Fall?

tags: twitter exit ticket

tags: geometry transformations

Speed dating in the math classroom
tags: speed dating activity
Saturday, May 11, 2013
On to Something?
Two young men with lots to say about the quality of education that they're getting from their teachers. I actually saw the video first. In it, a young man by the name of Jeff Bliss, who is an 18 year old sophomore at Duncanville High School (where I spent the first five years of my career) berates a teacher for what he views as her less than stellar efforts to teach his class. I don't want to debate the merits of the manner in which this young man chose to address his concerns, I just want to focus on his words. He's crying out for something better, for a connection with his teacher. How many times have I sat in the lunchroom at school
Update: Just came across another piece written by a teenage boy in defense of teachers. Further proof that there are many in this generation who do get it. I'm actually pretty glad that they're the future of this nation....
Friday, May 10, 2013
Summer Assignments
I have decided, however, to give my students a little summer prep work that will make life easier when we come back in August and a little inspirational summer reading that they'll need to reflect on via posting to a class blog. I'm going to hand these out before we leave for summer vacation to all students who have signed up for my classes, and I'm going to post copies to the school website so that new students can access them over the summer, as well. Let me know what you think. (I'm assigning various chapters from The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz. Check it out. It's AWESOME.
Much of this was inspired by or directly ripped off from contributors to http://sbgbeginners.wikispaces.com/. Thanks to all who I blatantly stole from! I'm forever grateful for your ingenuity and willingness to share!
AP Calculus Parent/Student Information Letter and Summer Assignment
PreAP PreCalculus Parent/Student Information Letter and Summer Assignment
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (5/10/13)

tags: series sequences precalculus

tags: polynomial precalculus

tags: mathematics exams

Elementary (Grades 35) Tests:Regents Exams:OSA:SAR:EMSC:NYSED
tags: elementary school exams

Intermediate (Grades 68) Tests:Regents Exams:OSA:SAR:EMSC:NYSED
tags: middle school exams

SBG Grading Rubric  Shah Style
tags: sbg

tags: postit printables template

Math Students Repeating Courses Without Success
tags: struggle

tags: struggle

tags: trigonometry precalculus activity

Old and New Create Polar Harmony
tags: precalculus polar activity

Differentiation  Finding the Derivative of a Constant Times a Function
tags: differentiation explained calculus

tags: precaculus polar activity

Three Approaches for Getting Content to Elementary Students' iPads  No Email, No Problem
tags: tech tips elementary school ipad

tags: geometry lesson plans
Friday, May 3, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (5/3/13)

tags: tech tips ipad app ruler measurement

Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes
tags: student expectations grade

Testing mandates flunk costbenefit analysis
tags: standardized testing

20 Ways To Make Professional Development More Effective
tags: professional development

Cynicism Is Contagious; So Is Hope
tags: teaching

tags: function matching activity algebra algebra2 linear quadratics

Assessments: The Collateral Damage of SBG
tags: sbg

tags: achievement gap

#tlap chat 4/29 (with images, tweets)
tags: Teach Like a Pirate Twitter chat
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Concept Checklists for SBG
PreCal Concept Checklist
AP Calculus AB Checklist
Monday, April 29, 2013
More PreCal INB pages....(trig)
Friday, April 26, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (4/26/13)

15 Reasons Why We Should Be Teaching Our Kids To Code
tags: coding programming

Quizdini  Create Online Quizzes That Give Students Instant Feedback
tags: instant feedback tech tips technology

5 Ways to Teach Perseverance in Math Class
tags: perseverance math teach

Student Made Geometry Booklets Improve Assessments – Creativity Strikes Again!
tags: middle school geometry activity project

What is a flipped classroom? (in 60 seconds)
tags: flipped classroom flipped learning

Eighth grader designs standardized test that slams standardized tests
tags: standardized testing

Teacher: How my job went from great to infuriating
tags: teaching nclb standardized testing

Teachers, Professors Differ on What It Means to be 'College Ready'

Transitioning to Standards Based Grading: Retakes and No K's.

tags: teacher for a day activity review

Polar Coordinate Introduction: Battleships!
tags: polar precalculus

STAAR writing test a big step backward
tags: standardized testing

Volume of 3D Shapes with Playdoh
tags: middle school geometry volume activity