I had some friends over for dinner a few evenings ago. I made pho, but 2/3 of my guests had never had pho before, so I made another soup to make sure no one went home hungry. (We would later have pound cake and four different flavors of Ben & Jerry’s for dessert.) As I got up […]
Under the Goodies tab at Whole Brain Teaching: A WBT classroom is a constantly rewarding, no failure environment. Rewards without threats of failure are good for brains! When Timmy doesn’t know the answer to a question, or answers incorrectly, quickly say, “Tell Timmy ‘it’s cool!” Your class says, “it’s cool!” Tim isn’t embarrassed; you quickly […]
Ethan Hall, teacher and web entrepreneur from Israel, emailed me this morning asking me to check out his visual patterns generator on dudamath.com. There’s a lot of cool graphing tools other than the VP generator. I’m kinda blown away. Go play! Go do math!
I remember reading Shireen’s wonderful post last year when she turned 50 and thought, We’re the same age, and I want to celebrate turning 50 too! Well, I missed my chance to write something last year, but it’s never too late, so I’m stealing Shireen’s prompt “50 things I’ve learned about teaching” and broadening it to “51 […]
Why it’s so hard for me to leave the classroom. I’m making a difference here and now.
My 6th graders have been working with dividing fractions for the last two weeks. We explore these four ways, in this order: Number line Rectangles — I wrote about this here. Dividing by one Common denominator It’s completely intentional that we work with the number line and rectangles first. I want my kids to see the answer and that it should […]
Like all mornings, the alarm on my cell phone pays no attention to my slumber and goes off anyway. I’ve changed the default ringtone of Radar to Ripples — it’s still annoying and elicits the same expletive from me. Another Monday. Just three more Mondays. Like going to the gym, the hardest part is getting there. Once I arrive […]
One does not say no to Elissa. And because I adore her! We do warm-ups every day, and kids know it’s always the top assignment in their Google Classroom Stream. I put 4 days worth of warm-ups on one Google Doc, like this week’s. The warm-ups that make up the 4 days on the Google Doc are normally […]
Some 20 years ago. Two colleagues were talking in the hallway outside my classroom when I approached. Guess they were talking about food. He turned to me and said, “I bet Fawn doesn’t know what a baklava is.” I said, “I do know,” and walked away. What I really wanted to say: Hey asshole. Why did […]
I’m just following Annie’s lead. Here goes — just whatever word comes to my mind starting with that letter and how I might use it in a sentence. A — Attorney. I should have been an attorney so I may charge my unfortunate client in increments of 1/20 hour. B — Buttercloud. At Buttercloud Bakery & […]