Thursday, March 28, 2013
My Favorite Part of Flipping
In my efforts to keep my videos to 1015 minutes, I had to really examine what the "must know" parts of each of my lessons were. Often times, I found that the "must knows" turned out to be the only things I was really concerned about in the lesson, period. In the past, I taught what my textbook said needed to be taught for a topic. I tried to assign as many of the different problem types as showed up in that section of the book. I realized through my flip that I was creating unnecessary confusion for my students and headaches for myself. When I stripped my lessons down to the essentials, I found that my students were able to grasp concepts much better! And if I gave them a "challenge" problem (a problem type that I hadn't gone over in class) they were much better equipped to tackle it themselves because they understood the foundation of the concept so much better. It also helped that by minimizing lecture time and narrowing the focus of my lessons, I was able to provide my students class time to just practice! We could do fun activities and projects and play games that I'd always wanted to play but never had the time. And honestly since I wasn't worn out from presenting the same lesson 6 times, I had the energy and excitement to come up with more activities and games! There have been so many times this year where I wait for my students to struggle with a concept, and the struggle just never appears.
I will say that I did not have students watch videos at home as much as I would have liked. That's going to be a major focus for improvement for me next year. I know that I tended to go over what was in the video more than I should have, absolving them of the responsibility for watching the video and the consequences for not watching it. I'm a pushover and old habits die hard, but it's something I'm going to work on. If you have suggestions on how to encourage students to watch the videos and what to do when the don't/won't, leave them in the comments.
I highly recommend flipping. It's not about the videos. It's about increasing the amount of time your students are actively participating in class, not just passively watching a lecture. And for me, it has meant a revolution in how I view, present, and assess my curriculum.
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (3/28/13)

tags: education organization

Being an SBG teacher in a nonSBG world
tags: sbg

Quadratics Matching Activity, Take 2
tags: quadratics matching activity algebra

StandardsBased Grading: Misconceptions
tags: misconceptions sbg

tags: collaborative learning roles

tags: algebra algebra2 precalculus functions

Introduction to Conic Sections (Paint and Instagram)
tags: conics activity algebra2 precalculus

tags: standardized testing

Texas House OKs Testing, Graduation Standards Overhaul
tags: graduation standards texas

Beleaguered? Not Teachers, Poll on ‘WellBeing’ Finds  NYTimes.com
Monday, March 25, 2013
Intro to Exponential Functions
There's a nice little bit about exponential growth in the video, and they even make comments like "the size of the paper got really small really quickly", which segues nicely into this activity that I found on the PBS website (see pages 910 for student handouts):
Exponential Growth Activity
Here's another video that's good too. You can use instead of (or in addition to) the Mythbusters video.
Tomorrow we'll start solving exponential equations. I'll be using Kate Nowak's Add 'Em Up Activity. Cant' wait!
Friday, March 22, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (3/22/13)

To Grade or Not To Grade: Homework in Math Class
tags: homework

Differentiating professionaL development
tags: professional development

tags: middle school math challenge

OMG Outstanding Math Guides (Interactive Notebooks)
tags: INB middle school algebra

Purpose, Guidelines & Implementation  StandardsBased Grading at SCSD
tags: sbg

Virginia State Standards of Learning Science, Math and Technology Practice Tests
tags: math Assessment resources

tags: calculus worksheets

tags: middle school math assessment

tags: math resources algebra algebra2 virtual filing cabinet
Thursday, March 14, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (3/15/13)

Pflugerville ISD :: Online Curriculum :: Math
tags: online curriculum math

tags: math vocabulary game activity

How Should Social Media Be Taught in Schools?
tags: social media

tags: homework

Nesloney's Flipped Classroom: Week TwentyFour, March 48, 2013

tags: extra help livebinders

tags: precalculus polar

Solving Exponential and Log Equations Flow Chart
tags: exponentials logarithms flow chart

Titles don't much matter for high school math
tags: high school math titles

Research Supports Collaborative Learning
tags: collaborative learning research

tags: screencasting

tags: precision

Optimization: An Introductory Activity & Project
tags: optimization activity project calculus
Friday, March 8, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (3/8/13)

Don't hide your online self when applying for college or career

tags: edmodo

tags: auction positive reinforcement

Newton's Law of Cooling :: A Murder Mystery
tags: precalculus

tags: teacher performance pay

Lego Pieces and Feasible Region
tags: systems of inequalities algebra

tags: place value arithmetic activity

Those aren’t numbers, so don’t treat them as though they were!
tags: sbg

tags: grades

Celebrate Pi Day: Seven Classroom Resources for Pi Learning
tags: pi day activities

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
tags: math manipulatives

tags: powers exponents algebra2 precalculus

welcome to the mathtwitterblogosphere
tags: Mathtwitterblogosphere

tags: teaching group collaboration

tags: sbg

I’m alive, I’m alive, but I’m sinking in! No Drama / Drama!
tags: algebra2 precalculus rational functions

tags: algebra2 precalculus conics

tags: algebra2 precalculus conics activity

tags: algebra2 precalculus logarithms game

End Behavior of Rational Functions
tags: algebra2 precalculus rational functions
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
It's Pi Day, Pi Day Gotta Get Down on Pi Day
PiDay.Org
Global Math Dept Presentation of Pi Day Activities
Pi Day Activities from the San Francisco Exploratorium
TeachPi.Org
Pi Day Activities from Scholastic
Scientific American Article on the History of Pi
Pi Day Resources from Education Word
Pi Day Resources from NCTM
A playlist of Pirelated videos I created on YouTube:
And here are several Pi Day themed activities. I don't remember where I got these from. If it was you, let me know and I'll be happy to give credit!
Friday, March 1, 2013
My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (3/1/13)

tags: teaching

Starting at the End (Linear Inequalities)
tags: algebra linear inequalities

tags: math vocabulary ipad app

Math Worksheets, Puzzles, Printables, Problems, Test Prep
tags: math worksheets printables

Create Custom PreAlgebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry Worksheets
tags: math Worksheets algebra geometry printables

tags: online professional development

tags: algebra2 discriminant

Graphing Linear Inequalities – Day 2 and Foldable
tags: graphing linear inequalities algebra

Whiteboarding Mistake Game: A Guide
tags: whiteboarding error analysis

Three Quotes on Identity and the Achievement Gap
tags: identity achievement gap

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners

Shifting the Monkey: The Art of Protecting Good People From Liars, Criers, and Other Slackers
tags: book administrators

Teaching Number: Advancing Children's Skills and Strategies
tags: book teaching elementary math