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Using Zoolander to Reinforce the Concept of Scale

In search of all great lessons, I stumbled across Robert Kaplinsky’s Zoolander lesson, which was created for the concept of scale.  Although teaching scale was months away when I discovered the Zoolander lesson, I immediately created slides and customized the lesson so that I would not forget about it. 1,289 more words

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Let's Talk About Answers in Math

A few weeks ago I led elementary  teachers in a PD around answer getting. How many times a day in math class do we hear kids say, “But I got the right answer! 303 more words

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Is My Math Instruction Effective?

In elementary and middle school, teacher-directed instruction never seemed to work for me.  I grew bored quickly and then promptly zoned out.  I’d either doodle on paper or mentally plan out my afternoon.   822 more words


Customizing Andrew Stadel's Sweet Snacks

Sweet Snacks: A video and concept by Andrew Stadel, customized by Dr. Polak!

I spend a big chunk of my weekends in search of grand lesson ideas. 1,143 more words

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What Form of Math Instruction do Students Like Best?

When I was in school, all of my math classes were taught in the same manner.  First, the teacher wrote a math problem on the chalkboard that he or she copied directly from the example section of the textbook that we all had access to.   1,466 more words


High School Math is a Mess

The adoption of the Common Core standards in public schools seems to have led to an identity crisis in high school math instruction. At kid #3’s school, pre-algebra, algebra (1 and 2 as far as I can tell), and geometry are no longer offered as separate classes. 345 more words

The Present

3rd Year Reflections: Math Instruction

Math Instruction

  • I liked the guided math groups. It allowed for immediate differentiation.
    • I might take a suggestion from another website (don’t remember which one) about…
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