Category Archives: General

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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dudamath.com

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!

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Warm-Ups in Google Classroom

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 […]

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Mental Math of 45 x 25

Wow. I suck at this #MTBoS30 thing. Couple days ago I tweeted this out because my kids were working on the same one. Thousands of folks — okay, maybe 7 or so people — responded, and I thought it’d be fun to see what some common and not-so-common strategies were. Most common (22 people): (40 x 25) + […]

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Jean-Dominique Bauby was 43 when he suffered a massive stroke that resulted in “locked-in syndrome.” He was only able to communicate by blinking his left eye. This is his book. And in truth I would have been pleased to trade my yellow nylon hospital gown for a plaid shirt, old pants, and a shapeless sweater […]

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A Few Thoughts

A few questions and thoughts are bouncing around in my head this week. What is computational thinking? How much of what my students are doing can be considered computational thinking? I like this related post from today. Hoping to talk a lot more about this after I’ve gathered more background and practice. Many of our students needed a […]

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Hashtag MTBoS30

I’ve written two posts in the last 8 months. Naturally that means I’ll [try to] write 30 posts in the next 30 days. Anne Schwartz @sophgermain is entirely behind this. Hashtag MTBoS30. We, Anne and I, each drive 70+ miles toward each other to catch up on life over a late lunch. Unknowingly we both order the steak […]

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Not That You Care about My Schedule

Another two weeks and I will have completed 22 years of full-time teaching. Time flies when you’re grading papers and having fun. Says no one. I have a handful of commitments that I’d like to share — maybe you’ll be in attendance or in town and we can say hello! Now: I’m working with Max Ray-Riek, Rafranz […]

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A Tale of Two Gyms

Quick post about a scenario that I was sharing with the kids just to share and how they just took off with it. A brand spanking new 24-Hour Fitness is opening up near me. It’s a no-brainer to switch over to this facility because I’ll save gas and travel time. However, the 2-year membership [from Costco] will cost […]

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Bratwurst

We currently have 145 patterns on VisualPatterns.org. I’ve updated the key — intentionally did not use equation editor as some folks are not able to read it. I color coded it for quicker reference to the function types. Dropbox: Equations KEY. I’m going to leave the key out in the open for now. What students would visit this space. […]

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