### Life’s Order Of Operations

In this lesson students will cement understanding of order of operations while seeing how this often boring math subject can relate to the rules and order we have to follow in life to accomplish even the most basic tasks.

### The Elusive Integer Lesson

So I have been trying to find the perfect lesson to show my students where we can use integers (more specifically, negative integers) to gain greater insights into something. I am not quite there, but am getting closer. I have finally settled on a credit card ledger activity where they will “shop” for some items,…

### “When Am I Ever Going To Use This?”

(In a couple of months I will be speaking at a Math Teachers conference here in a Ohio, I’m sure most of you can’t go so I thought I would write a little about one of the things I will be talking about) A lot of people think my lessons are built to answer “When…

### Why Do I Produce Videos?

If you are a homeschooling parent the benefits of videos are pretty obvious to you. However, if you are a teacher the point of them might be a little less obvious. So what purpose can they serve for teachers? Well, you could definitely play them for a class if you want a break or want…

### First Days of School

I start the beginning of the school year talking about real-life math out of the gate. I wanted to let everyone know how I approach it and what I do. The first day for me is all about rules and procedures, but I try to also throw in a discussion about how I’m not really…

### Back To School – How I Use My Lessons

Crazy to think that the summer is gone and I am heading back to school. I am always excited to start a new year with new students. I wanted to take this time to talk a little bit about how I use my lessons. I do not use my lessons to teach content for the…

### The Moon Is How Far Away?

Students will use a personal item to help them better understand how far away the moon is.

### New Lesson Ideas

I usually have 2 or 3 lessons that I am working on concurrently in some shape or another whether I am actually writing down ideas, thinking out ideas, writing out lesson plans/worksheets, etc. etc. I currently have 2 or 3 but was getting worried I was going to run dry after that and was getting…

### I Love Graphs

How can you not love the visualization of numbers? It to me is so important that students can not only make graphs, but actually read them. I don’t think enough teachers & parents emphasize the reading and interpreting of graphs. Graphs tell a story and being able to interpret that story is such a wonderful…

### Understanding the Idea of Negative

My students always struggle with integers and more specifically, negative numbers. I am spending extra time this year preparing to teach it as well as resolving to come up with a good real-life activity. The difficulty with negative numbers is that it is actually a pretty abstract concept. What does -5 mean? You can’t give…

### Creating

I love to create. I think it is what draws me to the internet incessantly and what has turned into being my favorite part of teaching – well 2nd behind interacting with the students. The idea of a blank slate and unlimited possibilities. Sitting and thinking, showering and thinking, driving and thinking, I am always…

### Shuffling Probability in Music

7.SP.5,6,7,8 Students will be learning about probability by shuffling music in the digital music players.