Yes, we can PBL in Math!

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So when I was in high school, I loved my mathematics classes.  However, I knew that I wasn’t going to be that teacher that insisted students listen to me talk in the front of the classroom.  SCgcsweXW4AAajLk.jpgo this week in both my Algebra 2 and my Pre-Calculus classes, I was able to fuse inquiry based projects and I just want to brag about it to anyone that will listen.

In Pre-Calculus, my students had previous built K’Nex Ferris wheels, so I gave them a lab at looking at the angles of it, and it’s horizontal and vertical displacement.  In the end, my students were able to see the shape and domain of the sine and cosine curves.

In Algebra 2, we started looking at parabolas and their equations.  I deCQ4y8F0VAAAszgX.jpgcided to take them on the quick tour of Center City, where they were able to see how frequently you’ll see curved objectives or lines versus straight ones.  I had them each take a photo and drop it into Desmos, where they were able to see how a, b, c and d constants effected the transformation of x squared.

Pretty successful and amazing week if you ask me! And I think my students got more out of it, then me telling them how all aspects of those two worked!

 

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Flipping the Classroom (soon)

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With every school year comes the dreaded cold and flu season.  Although I feel as though I got it rather early this year, I can’t slow down my curriculum or my content, so I’ve decided to create videos for my classes.

Here’s my goals with this: get good at iMovie, Quicktime and Garageband so that I can hopefully FLIP next marking period. Flipping is essentially creating video content for students to watch for HOMEWORK, so that they can come with questions, and you can spend the vital time of practice with your students.

This all sounds amazing in theory, and my students do have devices, but not all student benefit from videos.  Here’s to hoping!

My First iTunesU Course, from Scratch

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I know it is Pope-cation and I should be relaxing, but a teacher’s work is never done. I did escape the city and went to the quiet beach, which has been amazing, but I got work!

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The past year at String Theory I had to privilege to help collaborate on courses, as well as add my mathematics flavor to it, but this year is completely different.

This year I am teaching Pre-Calculus, a course that hasn’t been taught yet.  I spent the better part of the summer setting up the bare bones- objectives, scope and sequence- but now I have to create all the amazing material that goes along with it! Although it’s been a lot of work, I know that my students are getting the most of out it!

Stay tuned for an amazing project I have on the horizon!

Deep Dive into iBook

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Back to school! Which means? Professional development!

Usually those words would really annoy me or mean that I would have tocn5q8iquaae8akk sit in on presentations that would make me sleepy, but today was completely different; we were asked to explore Book Creator.  Our task was simple, make an iBook on something.  Oh man, well that can certainly span a lot, but our group decided to keep it simply with constructing a paper air plane.

With Book Creator, I was able input more than just text and images– I was able to add sound clips, videos, music, captions, you name it!

It was a great experience to use this app– now a way to fuse it into my mathematics curriculum!

My Greatest Success

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So remember how I was super nervous about this year, well I wasn’t kidding.  One of our big assignments of the summer was to create an info-graphic in Adobe Illustrator.  That’s all the directions!? I could create a million different info-graphics, seeing as math is all numbers! I began to feel extremely overwhelmed at what I could possible produce.

I began to look at Google for various info-graphics that teachers had used in the classroom, but nothing felt new or exciting.  I was lost.

The I knew I had to start something, so I started looking up how much money is in mathematical careers.  And then it turned into a teacher telling a students, which turned into a comic book, and before I knew it, I was created my syllabus!

I can’t tell you how exceptionally proud of my piece of work.  It took a lot of patience and hard work– not to mention that the file corroded after the first time I made it, so I had to start from the beginning a second time.

I can’t wait to take this back and share it with my students!

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Starting Year 3 of MAET

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I’ve never been so happy to be back at school.  I’ve been looking forward to returning with my favorite edtech people from across the globe to grow even more as an educator.

With that being said, I’m also freaking out.  All the years before this one I knew what I was getting myself into– a conference, a deep dive into misconceptions.  This year, I have NO clue as to what we are going to be doing, so I’m a tad nervous.

But anyways, you knew that this summer was going to start off just like all the other ones– AWESOME.  Our MAET cohort had the lovely privilege of working with Brick Flicks IE, who is a group of passionate educator, who promote stop motion and legos in the classroom.

Here’s a sneak peak into what we created as a cohort!

My First EdCamp!

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So this past weekend I experienced my very first EdCamp!

I have to say– I’ve done my far share of professional development, and I’ve been to a Google Summit, but I felt as though this was the most rewarding PD that an educator can do.

Here’s how an EdCamcfixnsvuiaaera8p works– you show up! There’s no schedule, no agenda and no guest speaker.

There’s a board where you can either look to see what discussions are going to be happening, or even create your own!  Since this was my very first one I felt it was best to just see what the whole thing was about– because this surely wasn’t going to be the last one that I was going to do.

I sat in on a session about creativity, learned about some workflow apps and got to make a bunch of great connections with other educators in the Philadelphia area.

Counting down the days until the next EdCamp– especially where I can share my passions and best practices of the classroom.