Month: May 2015

After joining the Twitter Open Middle conversation last week, I was intrigued to try out some Open Middle problems in the last few weeks of school. To kick off our review for the final exam, I posed one problem to Algebra II and one to Geometry. My students reactions were great, starting with one kid […]

I am excited for our final project in Algebra II…parabolic solar cookers! After we did an in class investigation of the four different types of conics with play-doh, evaluated the standard equations, and explored the graphs of each, I wondered if there was one more way I could help my students deepen their understanding of conics. So, while sitting on the […]

I completely forgot about a UbD unit I created a few years ago which connects mathematical systems of equations to writing for the English STAAR (I wasn’t able to use it this year due to a calendaring scheduling conflict, so it slipped my mind). I was searching around for some English/Math connections and stumbled upon this unit published […]

Here is a quick lesson I put together using the Jigsaw Cooperative Learning technique for 3D solids. We learned the surface area and volume formulas for prisms in a direct instruction model and because we have such little time left in the year with testing and such, I decided Jigsaw-ing these concepts would be the best way. Overall, […]