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Pair & Share for Math

  This is a quick and simple strategy for getting students to work together on math problems. To engage the students, hype the activity as a strategy that guarantees that they and their partner will get at least 97.5% of … Continue reading

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This Dude Really Knows his Algebra!

That’s Mike DeGraba, a.k.a. the “Math Dude.” He is the star of series of short programs that provide instruction for Algebra 1. The shows air on Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools’s MCPS-TV, but all shows are archived on and downloadable from The … Continue reading

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Cyber Monday & Black Friday by the Numbers

Welcome back math educators! I hope you had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving! Christmas is right around the corner and most of us have about 17 days until the Winter Break. Our students may will be distracted by the merriment of … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Mathematics

Many of you have only two days of school next week and your students will surely be thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few Thanksgiving/Math ideas to weave into your lessons: The Marathon Meal (http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2008/1/28/the-marathon-meal.html): I have posted … Continue reading

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Its OK to Play with Your Food in Math Class

MoMath (Museum of Mathematics http://momath.org/ ) has a great feature called Math Monday. One of my favorite activities presented in this feature is mathematical constructions with crackers. Here is an illustration of a 3-4-5 right triangle with Triscuit crackers: The number … 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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Math Snacks: Do you like fish?

I love using short, witty video clips as an engagement tool for teaching math. This clip by Math Snacks is my new FAVORITE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVuJMBqfnm0 A learner’s guide, a teaching guide and video downloads for the iPod can be found here: … Continue reading

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