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Mind Reader: An intro lesson into Order of Operations

I was lucky enough to have a grandfather who loved Math.  Heck, he was elbow deep in it every day of his career.  He was a plumbing instructor at McKinley High in Buffalo, NY, and even published an instruction book along with his uncle.  He loved to check over my homework and ask how I figured […]... Read More
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You want problem solvers? Try coding!!!

Alright, I admit it… I wasn’t sold on the idea of coding when I first heard about it because to me, it looked like just a game with no real purpose other than to entertain students.  Maybe even something that a teacher could use as a reward… So, with a little reluctance I began to […]... Read More
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No questions, no problem! What if students generate their own questions?

Last week I had a 3rd grade teacher email me and ask if I could help her out because she was frustrated.  She had been teaching lessons all week on: OA.3 Students can solve multiplication/division word problems within 100 involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities. AND OA.8 Students can use any of the four operations to […]... Read More
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Being Thankful…

This morning as I sit in my sister-in-law’s house in Stapleton, Co, I realized just how many things that I have to be thankful for: My two wonderful children who allow me to practice “new” math lessons on them and constantly remind me the value of curiosity in learning… My beautiful wife who supports me […]... Read More
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Teaching Through Feedback

Our district had a DCD (district collaboration day) this morning about setting learning targets, but a question was mentioned in the presentation that I attended at the very beginning.  This question resonated more with me than anything else, mainly because it’s a core belief of mine, but also because I believe that it is a […]... Read More