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
Welcome to Summer School! So you are teaching summer school this year. Are you excited? A bit apprehensive? Or are you just simply dreading the whole thing? Depending on this past school year and how everything played out probably determines a lot of your attitude...read more
I'm often asked what a normal day looks like in my classroom. So I thought I would take a minute and just run you through a few key things that happened in my classroom every day.read more
This is the one strategy that I love to use when students are stuck; when it feels like all they want is the answer to write down. I give them the answers… Yes, line by line, step by step… Before you shut me down, hear me out. So often, students are overwhelmed by the...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
If you've never used Kahoot in your classroom you must try it soon. My students absolutely love to look for patterns, review concepts, and compete in the fun Kahoot way!
Kahoot is a fun interactive online quiz game with multiple choice answers. Every student will need their own device. The nice part is, any device will work.
Kahoot has been around for a while and it allows teachers to share the quizzes they've already made. This makes for an easy and quick set up for you. To try Kahoot for yourself you will need two devices: one to run the program, and one for you to act as the student to put in the answers.read more
There are so many great tools and resources to use in your classroom. Tools that help students to learn and understand, tools to help keep students on task or engaged, tools that make our jobs easier. We hear about graphars like desmos and geogebra, and then interactives from illustrative mathematics and Khan Academy, then of course there are games from IXL and Mangahigh, but what about theread more
Building trust with students can be hard. Especially if they have been fearful of teachers in the past. Here are a few things you can do to build trust with your students.read more