Tag Archives: #MTBoS30

Half Century Plus One

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 […]

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They Save Me

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 […]

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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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Baklava and Euler

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 […]

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A to Z

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 & […]

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One-Tweet Post

Because I can. When I regret not having alcohol around. #LateNightGradingpic.twitter.com/JRjyoLqbQx — Fawn Nguyen (@fawnpnguyen) May 17, 2016 And because I really love the kid who wrote this on her test. I’ll call her G. She tells me more than once, “Ms. Win, I’m not good in math. I struggle a lot, but this is […]

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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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Jerks, Brats, Nincompoops

I write and speak often about how much I love my students and teaching mathematics. Mathematics and problem solving were love at first sight for me; I’ve loved these things as a kid growing up. But students and teaching were acquired love; I had to get a teaching credential and meet the students before I could grow […]

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Google Classroom

Falling behind on #MTBoS30 already! Here’s my excuse.   I’m loving Google Classroom. We have effectively gone nearly paperless by doing warm-ups, weekly PoWs, problem solving, almost anything and everything in Classroom. I appreciate the efficiency of organizing folders and the seamless integration with Google Drive. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m excited with […]

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