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CAMT 2022 - Desmos & New STAAR Item Types

CAMT 2022 – Desmos & New STAAR Item Types

Desmos + New STAAR Item Types = Deeper Discourse STAAR has introduced new item types that go beyond multiple choice and griddable items. This session explored how to use Desmos to model these new items types, capture student thinking, and elicit more student discourse The goal of this session was to model new item types in Desmos, then show how… Read more →

CAMT 2022 - IEPs and MTPs

CAMT 2022 – IEPs and MTPs

IEPs and MTPs – Adapting the Math Teaching Practices for Diverse Learners NCTM’s Effective Math Teaching Practices help provide rich learning opportunities for all students. These practices benefit students who receive special education services as well. This session describes how teachers can adapt the MTPs to meet the needs of students with EIPs and invite all students to rich, student-centered… Read more →

NCTM Virtual 2021 - Scaffolding & Desmos

NCTM Virtual 2021 – Scaffolding & Desmos

NCTM Virtual Conference – Scaffolding Instruction for All Learners with Desmos Activity Builder Desmos provides free technology tools that build students’ math understanding through experimentation, discourse, and guided questioning. The Desmos Activity Builder allows teachers to modify tasks to support students with diverse needs. This session explores sample Desmos activities with specific strategies for differentiating interactive tasks. This session was… Read more →

Desmos Fellowship Weekend

Desmos Fellowship Weekend

This past weekend, I was honored to join 40 other new Desmos Fellows in San Francisco for a weekend to talk about access & equity, classroom practice, instructional coaching, math history, the future of math education, lesson study & we even squeezed in time to talk desmos.com and their online platform for visualizing math concepts! The welcoming crew at Desmos… Read more →

CAMT 2019 - Differentiation for Special Education Students with Desmos Activity Builder

CAMT 2019 – Differentiation for Special Education Students with Desmos Activity Builder

This session provided a short introduction to the Desmos Activity Builder, then explored strategies for scaffolding activities to meet the needs of struggling learners. Session Slide Deck Desmos Activity Builder: Differentiation Demonstration Desmos Activity Builder: Scaffolded Questions

Twitter-Length Tasks - Nursery Sale

Twitter-Length Tasks – Nursery Sale

A local nursery is discounting shrubs and bushes. A 1-foot diameter shrub is only $1. A ½-foot diameter shrub is $2. The ¼-foot diameter shrub is $4. (And so on… one-third foot diameter = $3, one-tenth foot diameter = $10.) What is the cheapest way to fill the greatest area of a flowerbed that is a 4-foot square? How much… Read more →

Book Notes: “Routines for Reasoning” – Kelemanik, Lucenta, Creighton

Book Notes: “Routines for Reasoning” – Kelemanik, Lucenta, Creighton

I love those rich conversations with colleagues when they express a thought and you feel like you agree completely, but you’ve never been able to express it that clearly. That’s how Routines for Reasoning makes me feel – the book explores strategies teachers can employ to help develop students’ reasoning and problem-solving abilities. Each of the strategies does such a… Read more →