Thursday, December 29, 2011

Homemade Lava Lamp

So my brother came home this evening with a ready cool science experiment.  The end result was a homemade lava lamp.  It was a lot of fun.  I videoed the end result and uploaded it to youtube so you could see it.

Keep in mind that if you are on a school server, you probably don't have access to this video.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Playbook and Twitter

So I've had some time to play with my new Blackberry Playbook.  I have been using an IPAD as school for some classroom activities, and I have to say that I can see the Playbook taking over.  This thing can do things I could only dream of on the IPAD.  For instance, it has Adobe Reader built in so I can pull up my online textbook right on the device.  It also has Word, Excel and PPT "to go" which is really stripped down, but I can still open all of my files on it.

Yesterday I also created a twitter account.  I have read a lot of teacher blogs that rave about twitter as an educational tool.  I'm going to give it a try!  It seems fun, and I'll keep you posted on how it goes.  My user name is @ifoundinfinity and I don't know what the difference is between # and @ yet, so if someone knows, let ME know.

Happy Holidays!!

Screenshot of some of my Playbook Apps

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Game Over

Today was a landmark day!  My students finished presenting their game demos!  I am so proud of them, and happy that they have accomplished something great.  I spoke to them today about the entire experience.  They did have mixed emotions.  I was really surprised by the number of students that said they wished we had spent more time on the math end of things.  I think that if they would have had more time to actually develop a game, they would have seen the connection more.  I am going to work hard next semester to bring a better balance to the two sides of the coin.

I am also feeling accomplished, because I feel like I just reached a landmark as well.  I have just successfully finished my first Globaloria course, and I am sad to see my students go.  A few of my students really wish that they had more time to work on their game ideas, and I would like to see a finished product.

I almost forgot!  I was going to write about my experience with the structured Powerpoint and  The two lessons that I presented this way really seemed to have a big impact.  I am getting really excited to go full force with this teach-nology this coming semester!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Today's Reflection

I will never stop being amazed.  I gave my students a quiz today and afterwards, we went over the quiz using the program.  My students were very involved and attentive.  It became a competition among them to get the correct answer, which really helped with active engagement.

I tried out with my geometry class today in an attempt to engage them in an introductory lesson about circles.  I wanted them to research and provide citations for facts about circles to hopefully gain a familiarity with the topic.  They really enjoyed using the site (it is an online whiteboard where users can post information in real-time and share.)  I think that the next time I try an activity like this I will have to be more precise in what I'm wanting.  I will want the students to copy information into their notebooks.  I think this will increase the effectiveness of this activity.  I feel like a whole lot of copy and pasting went on, but not much processing.

My personal learning goal now is to spend time making my lessons more structured and interactive.  I have taken my lesson for this coming Monday and turned it into a Powerpoint that I will use with my SMART Board to try to add a level of structure.  We shall see how this goes!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Integrating Tech: Replacing a Lecture

Integrating Tech: Replacing a Lecture

I really liked this idea and thought I should share it. It is about turning a lecture into a short research project. I plan on giving this a try and I will let you know how it turns out.
Yesterday I decided to try a new performance monitoring system in my classroom. It is called soapbox and functions very similar to the cps system from einstruction. It is still a beta version so there a few bugs, but overall it seemed to work really nicely. I really enjoyed how I could ask my students a question and they would all answer. I also allowed them to use their cellphones if they had the capability to do so to access the tool. It really seemed to increase engagement overall, but plan to keep taking notes on this new project.

Today, I expanded the project to my younger students. We had a few hitches along the way, but I really do feel that with practice this will get better. Since the semester is almost over, my second semester classes will get to use the program from the get go. Establishing this norm from the beginning will also be a plus.

What are some things you the reader would like to see and hear about as our school year unfold? I am really looking forward to blogging about my we go!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A+ on the quiz! Cecelia, Eli, AJ, Jerod, and Tommy! WTG!
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
Anatole France

Friday, September 30, 2011

You guys rock!

AMAZING! A+ on polygons quiz! Mary, Meagan, Alayna, Danielle, Haley, Tasha, Michael, and Trey! You guys rock!
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Way to go!

Way to go, Trevor! A+ on 3.3 to 3.5 quiz!
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Great job!

Way to go, Trevor, Kaela, and Lauren! A+ on 3.3 to 3.5 quiz!
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Monday, September 26, 2011


Thanks for showing us how math class can help up stay physically fit!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Awesome job Conceptual Math

Hayley, Jade, Eli and Sonny!  A+ on 1.1-1.3 Quiz!

AJ and Hayley!  A+ on 1.4-1.7 quiz!

AJ you rock! A+ on 1.8-1.10 quiz!

Achievements abound in Algebra 1

Way to go Cheyenne, Samantha, Zandra, and Travis!
A+ on 1.1-1.2 Quiz

Awesome Daniel and Tyler! A+ on 1.1-1.2 Quiz

Cheyenne you rock!  A+ on 1.3, 1.6 Quiz

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Moving Along

Everything seems to be moving along just fine!  We've almost finished our first FULL week of classes.  I just wanted to remind everyone that you are welcome to come to room 213 every morning before school starts for tutoring or to use the computer.

1st block - you have a quiz tomorrow!
2nd block - you have a test tomorrow!
3rd block - you guys are working on the Cognitive Tutor tomorrow!

See ya later!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Important Announcement!!!

Algebra 1, your quiz has been moved to Friday!  Remember, notebook checks will begin on Thursday!  BTW, here is an interesting site about math and earthquakes.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Technical Difficulties

Have you every had technology just not work the way you wanted it?  Well I know how you feel!  That's okay because tomorrow will surely be a better day.  Conceptual math, be prepared for a quiz on Friday.  Geometry, your quiz is tomorrow, and Algebra 1 has a quiz on Wednesday.  Remember, my room is open for tutoring every morning before school, so please come in and get help if you need it.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

98% or 2%

So I got this little math trick in my email.  I figured out the first part because it involves math, but I can't figure out the second part.  Anyways, supposedly 98% off all people that do this answer with the same answers.  Lets give it a try, and go slowly because you don't want to miss any steps:

Think of a number from 1 to 10.

Multily that number by 9.

Now, if your answer is a two digit number, add the digits together.

Now subtract 5.

Determine which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number you
ended up with

(example: 1=a, 2=b, 3=c,etc.)

Think of a country that starts with that letter.

Remember the last letter of the name of that country.

Think of the name of an animal that starts with that letter.

Remember the last letter in the name of that animal.

Think of the name of a fruit that starts with that letter

Are you thinking of a Kangaroo in Denmark eating an Orange?

If you are then supposedly you are like 98% of all of the people that do this.  I'm too sure about the statistics, but I can say that that's how I answered it!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Great first week!

It was great getting to know you guys this week!  Don't forget that you can see your homework assignments on the lesson plans calendar.  The pep rally was great too!  What did you think??  Geometry, remember to write your vocab in your notebooks because we have our first test on Friday.  BTW, can you figure out what this is really a picture of? (Look up ^)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The count down!

So school is almost in!  I’m getting excited to meet my new students!  If you are one of them remember to look here for important announcements and cool stuff related to math.  YES there really are interesting things that involve math.  No really, I’m not lyingJust trust me.  Okay, well you’ll just have to find out in a few weeks!