Twitter-Length Tasks - Whole Number Tic-Tac-Toe

Twitter-Length Tasks – Whole Number Tic-Tac-Toe

Twitter-Length Tasks can be quickly and simply explained, yet allow for extensive exploration. Fill in each square in a tic-tac-toe board with a different number between 0 and 5. That means at least some of the squares will have decimals or fractions. Try to make as many rows and columns as possible add up to whole numbers. Try using numbers between… Read more →

Twitter-Length Tasks - In-App Purchases

Twitter-Length Tasks – In-App Purchases

Twitter-Length Tasks can be quickly and simply explained, yet allow for extensive exploration. I recently downloaded a calculator app on my phone. Then I was surprised that I could only use a few keys – the rest of the keys were only available as in-app purchases. The black keys were included for free. The red keys cost $1 each. The blue… Read more →

Twitter-Length Tasks - Cookie Cutters

Twitter-Length Tasks – Cookie Cutters

Twitter-Length Tasks can be quickly and simply explained, yet allow for extensive exploration.   Ron’s mom makes cookies by rolling out cookie dough in a rectangular pan, then cutting out the cookies with a cookie cutter or a knife. Her kids like it better when the cookies are all the same shape. It’s not always easy to use up all the dough… Read more →

Desmos Road Trip Activity

Desmos Road Trip Activity

I’ve mentioned the ice cabinets at this chain of convenience stores before. They provide some nice data points for a linear relationship. I finally built a short Desmos activity around the photos. Even though the short activity could be polished, it has a couple of nice features on slide #3 The user is prompted to enter an equation, and the… Read more →

Experiencing Disabilities in the Math Classroom

Experiencing Disabilities in the Math Classroom

Region 4 Educational Service Center hosted their annual Math Conference, and they usually offer a handful of sessions addressing students with special needs (EL students, students with IEPs, struggling learners, and more). This year, I attended a fantastic session by a new presenter, Leximar Irizarry. The heart of Ms. Irizarry’s session was a cluster of five stations that attempted to replicate… Read more →

Book Notes: "Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had" - Tracy Zager

Book Notes: “Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had” – Tracy Zager

I once fixed a broken cruise control on my SUV. I used an internet search engine to look up the specific problem I encountered, I found the exact part number to order from the dealership, and a couple of online videos gave me step-by-step instructions on restoring everything to working order.  Of course, I still know nothing about how cruise control… Read more →

Always Moving Closer to the Math

Always Moving Closer to the Math

Meet Taco, my trained snail. I give him signals, and he walks up and down a tree in my backyard. If you’ve worked with integer tiles, you can see some quick connections. The yellow commands look like positive integer tiles, and the red commands look like negative integer tiles. After students experiment with Taco the snail, they are ready to… Read more →

Differentiation & Co-Teaching with TI Navigator

Differentiation & Co-Teaching with TI Navigator

Two of last week’s sessions at T3 in San Antonio highlighted some great strategies to differentiate for Special Education students using TI Nspires and TI’s Navigator teacher software. Andy Aguirre, from Northside ISD’s new Harlan HS, share very practical strategies for differentiating a TI Nspire activity to meet the needs of different learners. She began with a .tns file from TI’s… Read more →