Author Archives: Fawn

Euclid’s Algorithm

I show my 6th graders this image, pointing out that this picture represents the two numbers 1 and 1 that I’d entered at the top. I then ask them to give me two new numbers — any two positive integers [that are 10 or less, for now] — and the computer will draw a new […]

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Community Circle

We have Core time with our homeroom students — mine are 8th graders — for 3o minutes at the end of each day. Core is our SSR time, but ELD students are in ELD during this time. Once a month, however, we use this Core time to do a Community Circle (CC). We’re in our first […]

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Solving an Equation with a Fraction

From CPM: The Sutton family took a trip to see the mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Linda and her brother, Lee, kept asking, “Are we there yet?”  At one point, their mother answered, “No, but what I can tell you is that we have driven 100 miles and we are about 2/5 of the way there.” […]

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Lillian

Lillian naturally comes to mind when I plan a lesson. She eats it up. She goes above and beyond. She’s thoughtful and appreciative. She shares her thinking with the class in mindful and modest doses. She smiles quietly at my jokes. I wish I had a copy of all her math work — especially her written reflections — […]

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Be Brave or Be Desperate

I had lunch with a former colleague — I”ll call her Laura — whom I hadn’t seen for some 20 plus years. She’s now retired and was in my town for a wedding. I got into my car, entered the restaurant’s address into my phone, Google Maps said I’d arrive at 12:05 PM, and I was […]

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These Twenty Things

I get to wake up without an alarm clock going off for the next 14 days. I will eat leftover grilled ribeye steak for breakfast and Cheerios for lunch. I will drink IPA for dinner and go to my mailbox in my pajamas. I will take a luxurious bath.  As we wrap up 2016, I’d like to […]

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Quality Question Metrics

If I drive 60 miles per hour, my journey will take 4 hours. How long will my journey take if I drive 80 miles per hour? Paulina volunteered, “I did sixty divided by eighty, that equals point seven five, or three-fourths. So, it would take three hours.” When I asked Paulina why she divided 60 […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

On Sunday, I wrote a longer-than-usual email to my siblings about my intentions to begin gathering facts and etching memories for a bucket-list item of writing a book. I told them it could take anywhere between 3 to 10 years, meaning I have no clue. I have three reasons to write this book: Nicolai, Gabriel, […]

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Good-Enough-for-Now Curriculum

I did my first webinar last week as a precursor to my talk at NCTM’s Innov8 Conference next month. I thought it went okay — or horribly — just tough to be the only person with the mic and not being able to actually see the attendees. It was weird. There are a few slides from […]

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7 Deadly Sins of Teaching [Maths]

‘Tis the eve of FDOS (first day of school, duh), and I’m no longer nervous or anxious. I’m washing these laptop covers for my homeroom students only because that’s what some of my colleagues did with their kids’ covers. I will not let a kid taunt me on FDOS with, “How come Mrs. So and So gave her students […]

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