Category Archives: strategy

Engaging tasks for students that I’ve never met

Anyone who teaches in New York City Public Schools knows that from time to time you get asked to cover a class when a teacher is absent. Personally, despite the hectic nature that is a school day, I typically enjoy … Continue reading

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VNPS, VRG, and creating flow

Last summer at TMC16, I learned about vertical non-permanent surfaces (VNPS) and visible random groupings (VRG) from Alex Overwijk, which is based on the work of Peter Liljedahl. Despite the explosion of ideas that I came across at the conference, I … Continue reading

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Random groupings

I recently had an epiphany. It came from Ilana Seidal Horn. I was reading her book, Strength in Numbers, and she was addressing status in the classroom. Her definition is status is the perception of students’ academic ability and social … Continue reading

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I’ve contracted a SEVERE throat infection. I cannot speak at all.

I recently wore this sign on my neck during class. I placed it around my neck and went about the business of being the teacher in the classroom. At first there was high levels of concern. There were comments like … Continue reading

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Developing rational exponents through geometric sequences

Soon I’ll be teaching rational exponents in algebra 2. I’ve never found an intuitive way of teaching it…until now. Thanks Bowen. The approach leverages geometric sequences. I’d love to regurgitate it, but this tweet from Bowen is my source and sums it up: .@mpershan … Continue reading

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