## Mobile Mind Mapper

Update: Mobile Mind Mapper now has it's own page that will be updated as development progresses. I've been a fan of Freemind, and then Freeplane for many years, and they've become indispensable in many of my tasks at work. I've … Continue reading

## Don't Swear in My Math Class

A few weeks ago I was presenting a session called "High School Math for Junior High Math Teachers" at the Calgary Teachers' Convention. The goals of this session were: Identify concepts and skills taught in junior high that form a … Continue reading

## Our Broken Prerequisite System

I regularly encounter students without prerequisite skills even though they passed the prerequisite course. It shouldn't be any surprise, since a "pass "is only 50%. What does a 50% mean? Are they competent at 50% of the material? Are they … Continue reading

## Traditional Resource + Standing in Groups

The first unit (Linear Relations) went so poorly that I'm actually reteaching it now. But the difference is I have created a "traditional" resource. The lessons progress logically to build concepts and skills, and each lesson consists of the following: … Continue reading

## Better Results

I've now had two unit exams where I've resorted entirely to traditional teaching, and my results are back up to where I'd expect them to be. However, I don't ascribe that to the mode of teach so much as to … Continue reading

## Miscellaneous Ramblings

It's been two weeks since I posted—mostly because I was disappointed with my first two exams.I had thought that this “Culture of Thinking” would be a breeze to implement and that my students would ace everything(!) With my first unit … Continue reading

## Traditional Teaching = No Thinking

The results on my Linear Relations exam freaked me out a bit, so I've swung back to traditional teaching: show some definitions, do some sample problems, give them time to practice those problems. As predicted, the thinking stopped. Well not … Continue reading

## End of Linear Relations - Mixed Results

I've now finished the first unit (Linear Relations) while trying to create a culture of thinking. It's time to reflect. Changing how Students Work I've been successful having students work in random groups, standing, on vertical surfaces. They now fully … Continue reading

## Experiment with no Control Group

That's what I'm doing right now....I'm experimenting with a new approach to teaching, but with no control group; this is a new course that I've never taught before. On top of that, I've never taught this demographic before (the -3 … Continue reading

## Function Art - Too Much for Math 30-3?

I'm doing a simplified version of my Function Art project with both of my classes. After I showed another example of determining the equation of a line from two points, and looked out at glazed expressions, I decided to put … Continue reading