Socrative is a fabulous way to check for understanding without having to grade any papers. Right there, it's a winner. So what is Socrative exactly?
Socrative is your classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. No matter where or how you teach, Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens. - Socrative.com
Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.read more
A free inverse function lesson plan with bellringer, activity, practice pages, and an exit slip to help you teach inverse functionsread more
The Causation vs Correlation Activity
Students absolutely love this lesson. They begin to see this phenomenon around them everywhere. The first time I taught this lesson was eight years ago. It was an election year and the political commercials were everywhere. After this lesson the history teacher was able to pull up those commercials and have great discussions about the difference between causation and correlation and how advertisers assume we don't know the difference. (Yes this is a history standard too in most states.)read more
I get so many questions on how to teach underprepared students Algebra 1 and this is such a difficult topic to answer because there are so many correct answers depending on your situation, your teaching style, your school situation, and the very special dynamics of your individual classrooms.read more
<h3>Why won't you help me?</h3>
Nothing is more frustrating when you're working your tail off to help students understand the concept and they all chime in “why won't you help me?”, or “you never help me”. This is something I believe every teacher has been through at least once in their lifetime, if not once every day, or once every hour depending on whether or not it’s January, February, March, or April. LOL!
Before you lose your temper, and scream out “Really?” in that super sarcastic tone you try to keep out of your classroom, know that in the next couple weeks I'm going to give you a few strategies to help stop the “why don't you ever help me?” cries in your classroom.
How do you like to end your class?
Many times these last few wasted minutes of class are just nothing more than a frustration and overwhelm to teachers. But these last few minutes can be so helpful to many students who struggle with simple math facts fluency.
This is how I like to end my classes with the last 3 or 4 minutes left after the kids are packed up and the calculators are turned off. We do what is called mental math. The kids look forward to this everyday and it has become such a routine that there is no complaining, it is simply a habit.read more