Stats with Empathy: Course 4 Final Project

We are redesigning the non-exam track of our 11th and 12th grade math courses next year, and I am excited to be able to take on these new courses. Our plan is to use some of the IB/DP Math Studies curriculum, while making it more accessible and useful to a group of students who have typically struggled with math. There are two things that excite me about this new course. 1. Math Studies is a great course. I’ve taught it now for 6 years. For some kids it’s the first time they really understand why they’ve had to learn math. … Continue reading Stats with Empathy: Course 4 Final Project

What Problems Do You Want To Solve?

As a little girl, my parents and teachers used to ask me “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Oddly enough, it was a paralyzing question. If everything is possible, how do you choose? How can you even choose what, when you don’t even know why? “What Problems Do You Want to Solve?” Refugees. Clean Water. Literacy. Poverty. Climate Change. Clean Energy. Trash in the Oceans. Air Pollution. Housing. Bees. War. Parking. Transportation. Depression. Cancer. Nutrition. Diabetes. Bullying. Etc. Etc. Etc. What if, instead of asking kids what they want to be, we started asking them what problems they want to … Continue reading What Problems Do You Want To Solve?

The Flipping Game

To game or not to game? To flip or not to flip? These are the questions of the week, and well, at the risk of being a COETAIL naysayer…meh. // GAMES? Of course play is fun and engaging. I start most days with the New York Times Crossword Puzzle and a game of hearts is such a great way to hang with the family. For a quick fact-checking warm-up, a Kahoot! is fine. It resets students’ brains as they walk into the room and gets them excited to do some math. Kahoot!’s new feature of being able to download their results adds to … Continue reading The Flipping Game

We need to think differently

Problem Based Learning. Project Based Learning. Challenge Based Learning. I’m having an existential crisis. Questioning everything I do. Am I and my fellow math teachers still relevant? // This week’s readings got my head spinning and sent me on a mad web-searching frenzy. Who cares about rational functions? What even are rational functions? What is the purpose of education? What are they doing in Finland? Why do we still divide schools into subjects and departments?  We need to think differently. That’s the message I take away from this week’s readings. We. Not just me. We. Here’s what I know: I talk too much. I … Continue reading We need to think differently

Do you Technigrate?

According to my Humanities teacher husband, everything we do is technology. When I use sidewalk chalk in teaching Venn Diagrams or ropes to teach linear equations or even good old-fashioned pencil and paper in the teaching of math, I am integrating technology into my classroom. After all, cavemen didn’t have these tools. But I digress… According to Edutopia what we mean by integration of technology in the classroom is electronic media (computers, mobile devices, social media, and apps) which allow not just for greater understanding, but also for creation, communication, and connection.   “Take out your calculators”, “Google the formula for compound interest” … Continue reading Do you Technigrate?