Monthly Archives: September 2010

Unique Mascots?

This post is a little off the topic of classroom teaching but… A colleague and I (@blairteach) often discuss the mascots of the schools we work with and the image they promote. I would say about 80% of the schools I … Continue reading

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Paper Folding to the Moon

So, when you fold a piece of paper in half like this: It would now be twice as thick as the original sheet of paper. Based on this information, here is the question/hook: How many times would you have to … Continue reading

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Calculus Can Be Funny!

Math video clips are great tools to increase student engagement. Unfortunately there are not as many good clips for upper-level classes as there are for Algebra 1 and general math. Here is a favorite of mine that is always a big hit … Continue reading

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My Favorite Tweeple, Twittizens, Tweetie Pies…

My workshop participants (teachers…mostly math) are always asking me, “who should I follow on Twitter”? Here is my list of favorite Tweeters: Math Tweeters: psychemath, mathematicsprof, POWERORGmath, MoMath1, JoshAdamsMath, HoodaMath, mathcollab, math_cats, mathquestions, mathteachers Classroom Activities:  NYTimesLearning, mental_floss, GameClassroom Technology:  … Continue reading

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My Love of Wordle

One of my favorite web tools is Wordle ( According to their website: “Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source … Continue reading

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Bloom’s Taxonomy: Fruit or Fowl?

I am amazed at all of the interesting Bloom’s Taxonomy graphics that are floating around the internet these days. I have always used the “Blooming Orange” in my workshops: There is also a “Blooming Lime”: One of my favorite “techie” … Continue reading

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