My Top 3 Google Sheets Add-ons

I’m a fan of spreadsheets. For this, I do not apologize. Some teachers I’ve spoken to are still big Excel fans, (not that there’s anything wrong with that). They site the time back in 2011 when they tried “the google sheets” and it wasn’t as good as excel. That statement …

Teaching Math with Google Apps: A 4 in 1 Approach

One of the people I love talking to about teaching math is Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler), author of 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom. She’s almost excited as I am about the direction math instruction is going…almost. So naturally when we collaborate on math teaching ideas, not only do we …

Problem Solving: 3 Ways

I was in a 3rd grade math classroom the other day and the teacher wrote a problem on the board for the students to solve. I was observing this teacher officially and she was nervous for some reason (post coming soon on observation for growth, not punishment!) Due to her …

Two Worlds Collide

Yesterday I presented two sessions at the High Point GAFE Summit at High Point Regional High School in Wantage, NJ. (resources available here)   22 years ago I graduated from High Point Regional High School in Wantage, NJ. Since graduating, I moved to Illinois, taught math for 13 years, coached cross …

Today is Now Available

I ordered David Gilmour‘s new album “Rattle That Lock” which is due out September 18th. My wife is a bigger Gilmour fan than I am, but I like his music and we’re lucky enough to have tickets to his April show in Madison Square Garden. iTunes has been releasing singles …

Meet Me At My Best

I play a game on my phone and ipad called Ball Jump. It’s a lot of stressful fun (see video) You pretty much jump from block formation to block formation, as the block formations change shape and orientation right under you. I have a math activity in progress involving this …

Transformations Activity using Logos

The activity for this post was made using Smart Notebook and I’ve uploaded it to Smart Exchange for you here: Transformations using Logos Do you remember the Logo Quiz Game hysteria of mid October 2010? I sure do! In case you don’t, the Logos Quiz game was released as an …

Slipping Away

“Anything can turn into a blog post” – Jon Harper @jonharper70bd I was fortunate to be a presenter at the Evolving Educators: Tomorrow’s Classrooms Today conference in Philadelphia yesterday (6/26/15). I talked about chrombebooks and google chrome to a group of exciting educators. The method I used for choosing which …

11 Places To Find Desmos Activities For Your Classroom

We like the number 11 in our house. It’s common in birthdays, lucky numbers, etc… So As you finish the 2014-2015 school year, here are 11 places you can investigate to find lessons and activities for 2015-16. 1. Teacher Desmos: https://teacher.desmos.com/ First and foremost, Desmos itself works do develop high quality …