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VNPS, VRG, and creating flow
Last summer at TMC16, I learned about vertical nonpermanent 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
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
Posted in philosophy, reflection, strategy
Tagged collaboration, group, groupings, popsicle sticks, random groups
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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
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
Posted in mathematics, pedagogy, strategy
Tagged exponents, geometric sequence, logarithm, radicals, rational exponents
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Thank you hint tokens.
A few weeks ago I stumbled across the idea of a hint token. Think of it as a get out jail free card, but for the classroom. While working on a task, groups can trade one for a hint from me. Loving this idea, I … Continue reading
Posted in assessment, strategy
Tagged assessment, group, hint, hint token, interdependent, ownership, scaffold, token
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