Mission Accomplished

Cohort 7, we’ve made it. Like the original Apollo astronauts, we started full of enthusiasm, though not exactly knowing where we were heading or how it would turn out. https://giphy.com/embed/vooluv4uvvi8g via GIPHY OUR JOURNEY Course 1 had us consider our network and reach out to each other to help it grow. We learned about responsible use of technology and social media in Course 2. Then Course 3 brought us both Zen and CRAAP Design Principles. And we SAMR’d our lessons and considered the what, why, and how of our profession in Course 4. And here we are tying a bow … Continue reading Mission Accomplished

Back on Board

I was so excited for Course 5. I had the opportunity to teach a brand new class at our school. One loosely based on the Math Studies curriculum, but that allowed for more flexibility with use of blogging, reflecting, spreadsheets, collaborative and project-based assessment. My first unit all UbDesigned and planned. All set and ready for my final CoETAIL project. And then one kid signed up. One. It was enough to make me… https://giphy.com/embed/10tIjpzIu8fe0 via GIPHY …or at least give up. Give up on CoETAIL. ūüė¶ I have to give credit to my network for picking me up A personal … Continue reading Back on Board

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. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js 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

Tell Me a Math Story

At first glance I wondered what the heck am I going to do with this? Digital storytelling in math?!? But I started thinking–it doesn’t have to be my OWN storytelling that I share. Have others shared math stories? Oh yeah, there are some good ones. As a high school math teacher, I’m really not interested in “every-day” math videos. Telling time, figuring out tips and sale prices, to be honest, that’s elementary math. The truth is, I don’t use most of the math I learned in high school, except, well, to teach math in high school. Does that mean I … Continue reading Tell Me a Math Story