Category Archives: Strategies

Phones During Assessments?! WHAT?!

One of my students figured out a way to securely use their phones during assessments – and I just had to share!  🙂 It use to be that I couldn’t allow students to have their phones out because they could use it … Continue reading

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Building Number Sense with Clothesline Activities

One of the many great take-aways from the recent Professional Development day in October was an activity that begins with a clothesline (thanks to Estimation180 and Andrew Stadel).  Students are shown an image or given a question and asked to … Continue reading

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Our Math Vocabulary Wall – November 10th, 2015

Here’s a snapshot of our vocabulary wall as of today!  It’s loaded with the math vocabulary that we’re also hearing in our classes. On the back of each cue card there is a brief definition of each word, so if … Continue reading

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Creating my Class Set of Inexpensive Whiteboards

I had been meaning to “up my game” when it came to students using whiteboards… For the longest time I have been using these mini whiteboards from Spectrum, but students often each had their own and it wasn’t as collaborative as I … Continue reading

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BCAMT Northwest Conference – October 2015

On October 22nd-24th, over 1200 math teachers got together in Whistler, B.C. to share ideas and get inspired… so before I forget all the wonderful moments, I thought I should write a few down and share!  There were far too … Continue reading

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Chatting about Parent-Teacher Conferences

It’s that time of year – parent-teacher conference time!  Those 15 minute meetings can seem a little overwhelming at first for both parents and teachers, so we decided to plan a get together and share ideas and strategies with the … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Having Students Self-Assess during Tests/Quizzes

My recent experiment has been to add a section like the following on each of my quiz/test assessments: My reason for adding this part was just to have the students reflect on what they had shown they understood, and also … Continue reading

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Getting Students to Create Questions…

A review activity I like to do at the end of the unit is to get students to create questions on 3×5 cue cards.  I usually ask that they have at least 3 cards: one knowing level question, one applying … Continue reading

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Getting Away from Check Marks in Math Class…

I have been experimenting this year by giving feedback on my tests by using a Fully Meeting (FM)/Meeting (M)/Minimally Meeting (MM)/Not Yet Meeting (NYM) scale rather than using the traditional method of check marks and “counting points”.  (I’ll write another … Continue reading

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Exit Slips and Providing Students with Feedback

I’ve always thought that classroom observations and exit slips are important pieces of information for me to plan and adapt my classroom activities and lessons as we’re progressing through the unit – but now I’m getting excited! Usually I’ll put … Continue reading

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