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January 2016 - Education Impression

Monthly Archives: January 2016

A New (to Me) Way to Assign Student Groups

I have sort of lucked into a great group of math coaches in the Greater Cleveland area. They meet once a month to tackle math pedagogy. I have only attended two meetings, but I have left both meetings with new ideas and feeling invigorating for implementing a version of them in my classroom. Last week’s meeting introduced me to a ...

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My Favorite Way to Differentiate

This is the first post I am writing in response to a blogging initiative launched by the MathTwitterBlogoSphere (#MTBoS). I am a week late in getting started, but I hope there aren’t tardy detentions. This week we are supposed to blog about something we would call “my favorite.” For me, this is one of my favorite ways to differentiate instruction.When ...

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I LIKE-O IPEVO

We wanted to kids to make a video. We wanted it to be easy and fast. We wanted the focus to be on chemistry and not on learning a tool. And we wanted the video to include a video of a chemical demonstration. We considered Explain Everything, but it’s complicated. Too easy to get bogged down and miss the point ...

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Experimenting with Stoichiometry

I loved my high school chemistry teacher. That’s an important place to begin. I was mesmerized by every lesson, every concept. Chemistry seemed like magic. But not phony don’t-look-too-close magic. Real actual magic. The ideas captivated me, but the math slowed me down. My teacher often posed a problem, gave us time to work on it, and then logic-ed his ...

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The Magic of Osmo

Earlier this month I mentioned that I think teachers are masters at taking something that is made for one purpose or subject or age group and making it work for a totally different one. So it is with Osmo. Santa brought my daughter an Osmo – a small base, a little mirror that sits on top of an iPad camera, ...

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The Ape and the Bee – Story

The Ape and the Bee Short Story on “The Ape and the Bee” On one occasion, an Ape saw thick syrup under a tree. The syrup look golden in the sunshine. The Ape see more drops of the syrup falling as of a branch of the tree. The Ape idea, ‘Oh! That must be honey!’ The Ape looked up. He ...

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The Wise Are Seldom Taken In – Story

The Wise Are Seldom Taken In Short Story on “The Wise Are Seldom Taken In” Here were a large quantity of birds in an aviary. They were well protected there fatefully, an communicable disease broke out in the aviary. As a result, most of the birds fell ill. The keeper felt anxious and went looking for a doctor. While he ...

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A Great Addition to Classkick!

Classkick is one of my favorite iOS apps for using instant feedback to guide students as they practice a new skill or process. Classkick allows teachers to create assignment slides quickly and, through a code, share them with students. As students complete the assignments, the teacher can watch them work in real time. Teachers and students can provide help and ...

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Work is Real Worship – Story

Work is Real Worship Short Story on “Work is Real Worship” It was a well fair day in winter. A cricket was basking in warm sun. But he was extremely hungry as he had not eaten everything since previous night. Cricket looked about to find something to eat. All of sudden, he saw a few ants carrying grains into their ...

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People Hate What They Can’t Get – Story

People Hate What They Can’t Get Short Story on “People Hate What They Can’t Get” Once a hungry fox was wandering in search of food. He was emotion weak and tired due to hunger. Fortunately he came to a garden. There he saw a grape-vine laden with bunches of grapes. They look quite ripe and juicy. Fox look at grapes ...

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