
Euratlas Periodis Web  Maps to be Used for the History of Europe

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YouTube  THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY
Digital story of nativity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHNNPM7pJA

Watch this 4 minute video: WOW
Watch this 4 minute video: WOW http://goo.gl/fb/wP3tA

YouTube  TWITTER FOR MATH NERDS
Twitter For Math Nerds! http://youtu.be/51AhdTjirQ #edtech #mathchat via @briankotts
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Things I've Tagged (weekly)
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The way he thinks. . .
me: What's 5 + 7?
him: 12
me: What's 7 + 5?
him: 12
me: What's 12  7?
him: 5
me: What's 12  5?
him: 7
Good practice, right?
Then I gave him 9 + 6. There was a pause, so I assumed that he was counting 6 fingers up from 9. But then I heard him saying "19, 18, 17, 16" before he gave an answer of "15".
So I asked him how he'd gotten to that answer. I was amazed (and pretty happy) with his response.
He told me he started at 20. (Because he knew 10 + 10.) Then he counted back 5. Why? I asked. Because he knew that 9 was 1 away from 10 and 6 was 4 away from 10. That made 5.
Isn't that awesome?
Now, keep in mind that I'm a high school teacher, so I don't know how 6year old are supposed to think through these problems. But I doubt that many go about it that way. I don't think many of my high schoolers would think through it like that!
I can't wait to see what he'll do in the coming years!
Now back to wrapping presents. I'm almost done (finally).
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Bah humbug!
It's the last day of school before Christmas (ahem, Winter) break. Typically this day is a crazy one and I feel like I'm babysitting. This year, though, things have worked out pretty well so that the kids actually have stuff to do. It's so hard to deal with a short (2day) week when you're not going to be back for almost 2 weeks.
Anyway, right now my precalculus kids are taking a quiz. It was supposed to be on Friday, but we had a snow day on Thursday so I pushed the quiz to yesterday. However, yesterday we didn't have this class because of a holiday assembly, so on Friday I told them if they weren't going to be here today they needed to see me to take the quiz early. (Get that? Quiz was moved from Friday to Monday to Tuesday in this class.)
Two senior boys were out on Friday. Guess who I saw standing at my desk just as the bell rang to start class! Those two boys! And guess what they were saying! "Do we have to take this quiz?"
I'm tired, I'm grumpy, I'm sick of dealing with kids who won't do what they're supposed to be doing.
You were at school yesterday even though I didn't see you. If you had questions you could've stopped by. Yes, you're taking the quiz. Sit down. Start working.
(I was a bit grumpy yesterday, too, so I gave my Algebra 1 kids some nonplanned homework when they couldn't control themselves after finishing a quiz. I'm guessing the completion percentage of the assignment  5 slope problems  will be in the teens.)
Did I mention that it's Grandparents Day? So 5 of the kids in class just left to meet their grandparents.
Bah humbug.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
An adventure!
Me?
He mentioned Dan Meyer in the email, so I checked with Dan on twitter and discovered that this was a legit (and amazing) offer. I called Tom, we discussed a little more of what he was thinking of, and I told him I'd love to be there.
The meeting's been set for the first weekend in February in Sacramento, California. (I've never been to California before!) Tom emailed me the draft agenda so I could see what all was going to happen and also asked me to bring some student work to present.
I'll give you all some of the topics later so you can tell me the right answers, but for now, here's what I threw together to show my student work.
Any thoughts? Good or bad, please.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Diigo Updates (weekly)

Learn to Count by Common Radian Units
tags: precalc trig unitcircle

Pythagoras, a math genius? Not by Babylonian standards  CNN.com
tags: pythagorean history alg1

SchoolTube  Imaginary Numbers Song
tags: imaginary alg2 teachertube song

Wolfram Alpha Demonstrations Project « Maximizing Learning
Wolfram Alpha Demonstrations Project: http://wp.me/pYhV32A

Wix.com advent created by ktenkely based on Kindergarten
Fun. Can I resist peeking? RT @kjarrett Advent calendar of Web 2.0 tools by @ktenkely http://ow.ly/3i1H7

YouTube  Sneak Peak of James Blunt on Sesame Street
RT @myownmathstutor: Hilarious Sesame Street w/ James Blunt signing his classic "My Triangle"... http://youtu.be/o2Z6tDSb6c8 #math #maths

EDge21: Catch of the Day  Shmoop Prealgebra  8/23/2010
Catch of the Day  Shmoop Prealgebra  8/23/2010: http://bit.ly/bEjWtC EDge21

Twitpic  Share photos on Twitter
@fouss @jreulbach I got this name tag activity from a colleague. http://twitpic.com/2arbzh

GOOD.is Transparency  Getting Around
@jjboom I dig this one a ton. http://bit.ly/H2Ca3

Anyone using SMART Notebook 9.5 or over (if not upgrade!) may find these templates useful http://bit.ly/8ZqUXF #edtech #ukedchat #scichat

YouTube  Triangle Congruents (Ms. McKenna)
Just discovered a video of me rapping about triangle congruence on Youtube. Low quality and embarrassing! http://bit.ly/aT8ouu

YouTube  Partnerships for Powerful Learning
Not sure how I missed this! Nagel Middle School Team Forest Hills  Ohio PLP Consortium Cohort http://bit.ly/9irlIt Excellent video!

RT : 3 of best teaching posts i've ever read (thx
RT @samjshah: 3 of best teaching posts i've ever read (thx @rileylark): http://bit.ly/9nI829 http://bit.ly/9tCxeI http://bit.ly/cMXVl6

Thousands of sound clips from movies, celebrities, cartoons, etc that can be dl'd for FREE! http://bit.ly/w4f6J

Sharing: Multiple Representations of Systems  Continuities
New post on multiple representations: http://is.gd/bHuJw (See @RobertTalbert, I'm trying to help before they get to you).

Get NCTM’s full activity packe
Get NCTM’s full activity packets for classroom exercises @ http://www.nctm.org/activitypackets #nctm10
tags: nctm10

tags: cellphone

Reflections of a High School Math Teacher: Using Flip Videos in High School Math Class

BasicTrigUnitCircle_Activity_Alg2.pdf (application/pdf Object)

tags: graph

Blabberize.com  Got a picture? Blabberize it!
tags: web2.0 blabberize photos

f(t): Review and Practice: Add Em Up
tags: review
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Snow unit circle
From twitter this morning:
I just got this in an email.
The accompanying email said this:
I wrote in the coordinates and radian values, because once I started walking through them to get a good picture, my snow writing became illegible.
You gotta love these kids! I really need to remember to give them opportunities to be creative.
Happy snow day!
There's nothing better than a snow day!
I told my classes yesterday that if we did indeed get today off they should check their class blogs for any extra opportunities to learn. ("You're going to give us an assignment?" some whined... while some other good listeners caught the word "extra" in there.) I've read a few articles lately about schools requiring some online activities on what would otherwise be a snow day so that it doesn't count as a snow day... wouldn't that be nice? But I can see the issues with the students who don't have internet access (although they're very few now).
Anyway, I posted a couple of assignments around 10 AM (after my kids dragged me out of bed close to 9). Right now it's 1:27; there have been 28 visits to the Algebra 2 blog (out of 49 students) and 30 to the Precalc blog (out of 57 students). Basically, over half of the kids have checked out what I posted. I think that's pretty cool.
I've already had one girl email me her answers for the Algebra 2 assignment. She's a bit of an overachiever.
If you're interested to see what I posted for them, here are links to the Precalc and the Algebra 2 blogs.
Photo from Flickr user musicmuse_ca.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Diigo Updates (weekly)

20 Incredible TED Talks for Math Geeks  Bachelor's Degree
tags: TED

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Ways to Create Comics Online
tags: comics

Vector Projection  GeoGebra Dynamic Worksheet
tags: vectors projection precalc geogebra

tags: singledigits alg1 alg2 songs

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tags: amc_precalc

Bringing the Problem to Physical Reality: Trigonometry « Point of Inflection
tags: trig precalc unitcircle

Stuff to Keep « Take It To The Limit
tags: resources stuff to keep

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tags: amc_alg2 amc_precalc

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tags: amc_alg2 amc_precalc

Star Wars Paper Snowflakes Instructions
tags: snowflakes starwars

DUDEfree.com :: Unit Circle Practice
tags: unitcircle precalc trig
Have you seen this?
I was watching thinking, "Great! But what about the test when they have to compute? And what about when they get to AP Calc but they can't do the computation they need to solve the problems that they'll have to do on the AP Test?" Wolfram addressed this near the end of his talk, but even he doesn't have a good solution. He's basically saying that we need a complete overhaul of the whole system. Everything needs to change. I can't imagine that'll happen any time soon!
Thoughts?
Friday, December 10, 2010
Flashback to Elementary School
I remember playing Around the World while reviewing the multiplication tables. I always did really well on the hard ones (like 7 x 8 and 9 x 6) but would blank on the easy ones (like 1 x 5 or 0 x 3). But it was always fun.
Last year when working on the unit circle values in precalc I was trying to think of some fun ways to review. What's better than playing a game? I used Microsoft Ink to make some flash cards with all of the unit circle angles and trig values. The program is great  I was able to flag the cards I wanted to use in the game (like just the first quadrant angles or just the sines or whatever) and it will play them in a random order.
If you don't have a tablet (because I was able to write mine, which was wonderful), there are several different options in making flashcards. Check out FlashcardExchange and Flashcard Machine!
We played Around the World today in 3rd period (which is always a little wild and crazy) and had a lot of fun. We'll see how it goes with 1st period on Monday (if they decide to speak out loud!).
A sidenote  A few of my kids in my 3rd period class told me that they haven't "done stuff" in math class since elementary school. I guess they've just become accustomed to sitting and listening to the teacher and are enjoying actually being active and learning different ways. Kinda sad, don't you think?
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Links Updated!
Nothing's organized, but there's some good stuff there!
Algebra 2 links
Algebra 1 links
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Home again!
Normally that's not a problem. My inlaws live close and are retired and jump at the chance to stay with the kids. Unfortunately this week they're 2 hours away with my sisterinlaw, who just had a baby.
Now what?
I'm trying to get some activities together for staying home a second day in a row from school. Today was easy  everything was prepped and ready (I was actually feeling proud of myself at school yesterday for having stuff planned out for a few days! Assuming I'd be there, of course.). But now? Hmm.
I've been doing some searching  I checked out ILoveMath.org, Sam Shah's virtual filing cabinet, and NCTM's illuminations site. These are a couple of things I tagged to use in the future.
1. Another virtual filing cabinet from the blog Take it to the Limit. I've never seen this one before and added it to my reader!
2. An idea for introducing the unit circle from Riley Lark. We just did this in precalc, but I'm trying to make the unit circle more of a discovery thing for the kids (as opposed to the idea of I show, they learn).
3. Some resources for teaching Algebra 2 kids to graph parabolas on Math Stories. Again, we just finished these (the plan was to quiz on Friday) but they could be nice little reinforcement ideas as long as he fixes the links. (Edited to add: It's fixed! Just click on the image.)
So here's what I'm thinking for tomorrow.
1. In Precalc, the kids did a review sheet today for a quiz that was supposed to be tomorrow (and I said in my sub notes that we'd postpone until Thursday). I'm thinking that I'll write up the answers to the review sheets, ask one of my wonderful colleagues to make copies for me, and then have the kids do a trig cut up in class.
2. In Algebra 2... still undecided. Maybe a review of graphing parabolas and factoring to solve? Basically, probably just a boring worksheet. Boo. I'll keep looking.
3. In Algebra 1, the kids took a test today on solving equations. In our next chapter we'll be graphing equations of lines, talking slope, ordered pairs, etc. I'm going to use one of Dan Meyer's activities for creating a picture from plotting points (they should all know how to plot points, right?) that I found on his Algebra 1 resources (week 10). Then I'll provide some graph paper and they can make their own design.
Right now, I'm watching an episode of Hoarders. I've never seen it before, and I just have one thing to say. Eww. (But you have to love the instant streaming from Netflix!)