Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tarsia Puzzle for Mac - Finally Figured it Out



I have wanted to make Tarsia Puzzles for the longest time, but they seemed like soooo much work to do by hand.  Several months ago I found a website that provided software you could use to make the puzzles - I was excited!  (even better - the software was FREE.)


Monday, June 6, 2016

Algebra One Fun Mazes and Other Activities



Algebra One - where it all begins!  Kids as young as 6th or 7th grade are in this course - they are still little :)  They still are willing to have fun in math class - and hey let's face it - even those of us who have kids in 9th or 10th grade taking Algebra - we need a fun activity every once in awhile.  So what can we do?

Here are two ideas:

1)  Have students practice the skill you are working on within a maze.  They will go back to their earlier childhood and remember the fun they had working mazes - and you can sneak in the practice!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How a Timer Changed my Math Classroom



The content of this post may seem obvious to some of you, but to others that haven't tried using a timer before, I invite you to try it...I bet you will love it.

I often have my class work in groups...sometimes they are working on task cards, sometimes a review sheet, sometimes talking about a couple of problems.  But group work sometimes ends up in a black hole - some groups finish and are really focused, some groups work well together naturally, but other groups end up talking about things other than the math assignment!

One thing that really helped me this year was using a timer to keep things moving along.  You could use any timer, but the kind that really helped me was a digital timer that I could project onto the front board.  (There are many available online for free, but here is the one I used: Online Stopwatch )