### More Proportions Lessons?

I’m in the middle of teaching proportions and all the types of problems you can solve using them and I think I am realizing that I need some more real-life based lessons on using proportions. I have the “how tall is that?” and the dream bedroom lessons currently – both deal with proportions in strong…

### 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…

### 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…