Author Archives: Elaine

Smarter Balanced Item Preview Makes it Apparent That Students Need to Be Able to THINK!

I’ve finally gotten a chance to check out the recently released SBAC item preview. I am impressed with the rigor of the problems that they have created.  The tasks make it clear that students will no longer be successful simply … Continue reading

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Fawn Nguyen Rocks with Fraction Division

Ms. Win does it again! I’ve decided that Fawn Nguyen is my most favorite math teacher that I’ve never met! I look forward to meeting her and many other admired math bloggers at Math Twitter Camp 2013 in Philly at … Continue reading

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Fawn Nguyen Molds Middle School Mathematical Thinkers

In her blog Finding Ways to Nguyen Students Over, Fawn Nguyen, aka Ms. Win, shows how she worked through a Dan Meyer 3-Act, Pyramid of Pennies,  with her Grade 8 students. I’ve been a Fawn fan for a while and … Continue reading

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Geoff Krall Makes it Easier to Mine Math Online Resources

My love affair with the mathtwitterblogosphere has gone up a notch.  After reading Dan Meyer’s post Geoff Krall Combs The Internet for Lesson Plans So You Don’t Have To,  I went to Geoff’s site Emergent Math to check out his … Continue reading

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Star Polygons Take 2

The MathTwitterBlogosphere (MTB): Professional Development at its Best I love to go to conferences and take workshops, but it involves packing, shlepping myself and my stuff to the airport, as well as money and time.  I will always continue to … Continue reading

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What does a regular 3.5-gon look like?

Just when I thought I had no more to learn and discover about regular polygons, Dan Meyer draws me back in and wows me.  Once I know that the sum of the angle measures is (n-2)*180 and, if it’s regular, … Continue reading

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North Country UHS 3-18-13 Inservice

Powerpoint Part 1 of 2 North Country CCSSM HS March Inservice Part 2 of 2 North Country CCSSM HS March Inservice The Lowell bowling ball images are not included in the powerpoint because they were too large.

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NEKSDC HS CCSSM Statistics Powerpoint

HS Stats & Prob ppt for Watsonmath There are two videos that had to be taken out of the powerpoint presentation so that it could be uploaded. Here are the links to the two videos: Arthur Benjamin TED Talk: Teach … Continue reading

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Tilings,Tesselations, Math Munch, Vi Hart and Getting Carried Away on a Spiral of Mathematical Magic

It all started over an hour ago when I clicked on the latest Math Munch blog entry.  I was immediately intrigued because of this image: I’m a sucker for tilings. The Math Munch post was about Marjorie Rice, who was … Continue reading

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Modeling: Generating Creativity from Chaos

The Common Core Math Standards stresses modeling with mathematics. Modeling is a K-12 Practice Standard as well as a High School Conceptual Category. Developing a clear understanding of what is meant by modeling is the first step in being able … Continue reading

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