Monthly Archives: February 2013

111 – (sub day) – what my kids did and what i did

I always try to explain the assignment to my kids the day before so my substitute does not have to start from scratch. Algebra I use PUNCHLINE Algebra Puzzles often when I have a sub. The kids get similar practice to what we’d do if I were present. Because my kids have math for 2 […]

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110 – one inch tall

I read the poem “One Inch Tall” from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein to my 6th graders today. The kids then choose a unit measure for height (not 1 inch though) and write a poem using the same structure. I’m excited with what I’m hearing and seeing so far!

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109 – ping pong launcher

This is what we’d built on Day 106 when we went to the Engineering Event held at the Naval Base. So today I let the geometry class give the catapult a try — each kid gets two trials. The target is just a 9-inch diameter container. The distance from launch to target is about 4 […]

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108 – math teachers’ circle

Just realized I didn’t have anything posted for this day. I do remember that it was our February Math Teachers’ Circle. Dr. Michael Gagliardo, from CLU, led us through some wonderful ideas of taxicab geometry. We first played Taxicab Treasure Hunt. Then we asked questions of whether or not areas and perimeters of shapes remain […]

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107 – survey “what makes a great teacher?”

My algebra and geometry kids took this survey for Nico Rowinsky. We’re looking forward to the Wordle¬†(word cloud) that he’ll create from these surveys.

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106 – engineering rocket challenge

I’m proud of our kids for placing 3rd (out of 14 schools competing) in this annual rocket challenge! (We got 1st place last year.)

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105 – that shake thing

I still don’t know why we did this Harlem Shake, but it might be the only thing my geometry kids will remember from this class.

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104 – kids’ reaction to estimation of ratios

This is a snippet of my 6th graders’ reaction to learning the answer to their estimation that we started on Day 102.

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103 – mayor of Vegas speaks at SDB conference

I have a sub today because I’m at a conference in Las Vegas this weekend. It’s the annual Sarah D. Barder Fellowship Conference. I wrote a post about a student who made it possible for me to attend this great conference each year. The mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn G. Goodman, also an SDB Fellow, […]

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102 – ratios and estimation

I wrote about this lesson here. It went GREAT so far!!! We got through 5 of the 10 sets of objects.

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