Teaching

Intercepts, The Zero Product Property, and Other Such Mathematical Disasters

You know when students bomb on a concept so badly that you make sure to really drill it into next year's class so it doesn't ever happen again? Well, my plan completely backfired and then some. While grading the latest quizzes on quadratics, I discovered two conceptual misunderstandings that were emotionally triggering. The results I … Continue reading Intercepts, The Zero Product Property, and Other Such Mathematical Disasters

Language Learning, Part 2: The Process

Part 1 here. Starting point: Absolute beginner. My decision to study Italian started in earnest on January 9, 2022 when I stumbled across a three-part YouTube series by Nathaniel Drew who set out to learn Italian in one week. Granted, one week is not a realistic timeline for me given my goal and starting point, … Continue reading Language Learning, Part 2: The Process

Ideas for Building a Community of Learners in Virtual School

Check-In Prompt of the Day How I Use This: I like to begin my first few lessons with a check-in prompt that students respond to in an editable Google Slides document. The prompts vary from general getting-to-know you questions, would-you-rather questions, or may review content from the previous day/week/month...etc. I copy and paste my class … Continue reading Ideas for Building a Community of Learners in Virtual School

Empowered Problem Solving Workshop: My Takeaways

I love it when professional development is purposeful and practical.  I've been following Robert Kaplinsky for some time now and finally enrolled in his Empowered Problem Solving Workshop. My reflection post in the last module of the workshop. Sad it's over... "I don't have time for problem solving in my classroom." TRUST me, I've been … Continue reading Empowered Problem Solving Workshop: My Takeaways