Monthly Algebra 2 Blog Posts! #Alg2Chat

Thanks to all of the Algebra 2 Teachers who submitted a blog post this month!  Don’t forget about our Algebra 2 Twitter Chat, this Thursday at 9PM EST (#Alg2Chat).

We would love to have you blog with us!  Here are the topics that we will be discussing at the #Alg2Chat’s on Twitter this month.  It would be great for you to blog so you can share your blog link during the discussions.

9/8/16 – Student Engagement

9/15/16 – Rich Problems for Algebra 2

9/22/16 – Making Groups Work

9/29/16 – How You Use Technology

Fill out this form to submit your blog post.

Algebra 2 Teacher Blogs!

Check out these blogs from teachers who teach Algebra 2! If you teach Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Math 2, or Math 3, then please scroll down to add your blog to the list!

These are the blogs of the teachers who signed up to connect already.  You can fill out the form at the bottom.  I will add you to the list when I update this page (about twice a month).

Check out the #Alg2Chat hashtag on Twitter starting in September.  We will be meeting Thursday nights, 9PM EST.

Amy McNabb
Jonathan Schoolcraft
Henri Picciotto
Jonathan klupp
Dylan Kane
Wendy Menard
Shaun Carter
Lisa Winer
Mark Kreie
Andrew Stadel
Trever Reeh
Shai McGowan
Sean Sweeney
Bonnie Davis
Lisa Henry
Brandy Cajudoy
Melissa Allman
Ali Grace Eiland
Tara Daas
Lane Walker
Mary Williams
Matt Baker
Julie Reulbach
Brian Palacios
Lauren Goldfish
Marsha Foshee
Heather Rosson
Nolan Doyle
Jennifer abel
Laurie Hailer
Christie Bradshaw
Robin Mathews
Sara VanDerWerf
Andrew BC
Steve Dull
Suzanne von Oy
Madelyne Bettis
Nate Goza
Jennifer Kelly
Tara Daas
Jill Weitgenant
Jennifer White
Nathaniel Highstein
Anna Vance
Jennifer Fairbanks
Sara B. Vaughn
Taylor Horn
Scott Keltner
Kat Glass
Amy Gruen
Meg Craig
Lois Burke
Rachel Fruin

If you teach Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Math 2, or Math 3, please add your blog to the list!

Once added, you can see the other Algebra 2 teachers in this spreadsheet.

Because Anne

And because May.  I never do these things, but Anne, you are awesome.  So here goes…

A- Age: I’m better with age.

B- Biggest fear: The dark

C- Current time:  9:11 (I was going to bed when I realized I hadn’t posted this!)

D- Drink you last had: Moscow Mule

E- Every day starts with: Working out to Game of Thrones.  Obsessed with the rower.

F- Favorite song:  F-ing Perfect, by Pink

G- Ghosts, are they real? NO

H- Hometown: Catlettsburg, KY

I- In love with: Life

J- Jealous of: Huff

K- killed someone?: hahahaha, not yet.  I have amazing restraint.

L- Last time you cried?: Today in the math office.  I laughed so hard I cried.  Real tears – last week, family can be tough (see K).

M- Middle name: Rae

N- Number of siblings: 3

O- One wish:  That everyone could just get along.

P- Person you last called: My sister

Q- Question you’re always asked:  What is going to be on the test?

R- Reason to smile: Summer

S- Song last sang:  Jamming by Marley

T- Time you woke up: 4:45 am

U- Underwear color:  pink

V- Vacation destination: Hawaii

W- Worst habit: so many….if you know me, you know my bad habits.

Y- Your favorite food: rare Ahi Tuna

X- X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth

Z- Zodiac sign: Capricorn


Nominate 8 more people…

Julia, Sam, Mattie, Chris, Elizabeth, Rachel, MeganSean

Tweet, Connect, Repeat

I am talking about Twitter at the NCTM Regionals in Nashville, TN.  Here are the links referred to in my talk.

Read more about the #MTBoS (MathTwitterBlogosphere).

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Read more about the MTBoS

Exploring the MathTwitterBlogosphere

mentor3First off – if you have ever thought about blogging, and really want to JUMP ALL IN, then sign up for the Explore the MTBoS blogging initiative.  We will even provide you with an experienced blogger from the MTBoS to mentor you!  It’s only four blog posts, and starts in January.  We also would love more mentors!  Please join us!  🙂

Join Twitter!

Don’t be an egg!  Add a picture and personalize your profile so other teachers will know you are serious and want to follow you back!  Add what subjects you teach and any interests that you may have.

Twitter Guides – Must reads for new and experienced tweeters

Twitter Essentials



Blogging Class for Middle and High School Students

At my school, the first week back is called “WinTerm”.  It is a week where all of the students get to take different classes.  We have all day and half day classes, and some students even go on trips for the week.

I decided to teach a half day class on blogging.  I created a blog for my students on how to blog with daily instructions.  It has been such a fun week!  My students have done an excellent job – and even ran through everything I wanted to teach them by Wednesday!  So Thursday I had them read and comment on each other’s blogs.  Today I am going to teach them how to REALLY use Twitter.  Teenagers seem to use hashtags pretty randomly or mainly for sarcasm.  I also introduced them to so they could understand the coding behind the blogs.

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About mid-week we decided to do a group blog called “Study Songs” where songs and mnemonics are posted to help them study for school topics.  We put a form on there so anyone reading the blog could submit their favorite mnemonic.  Share it with your students so they can contribute too!

You could do blogging with a middle school class as well, probably beginning in 7th grade.  I taught one of my 7th grade students how to blog last year because she had a great idea that needed to be shared!  I have included her blog as well.

I was pleasantly surprised at how fast they went through the material I wanted to teach them this week.  And I really love reading their blogs!  I am learning about fitness, fashion, books I need to read, movies I need to watch, and food!  I have included their blogs below so you can also see what students are capable of!

Check out our blogs!

7th Grade Blog (8th now)

  • Leila, Only at Woodlawn, This blog is written by the class of 2019 about all of the wonderful things that ONLY happen at Woodlawn!

30 Day Blogging Challenge #MTBoS30

Join the Math Twitter Blogosphere for the 30 day blogging challenge!   Thanks Anne for the challenge and the inspiration!  My blogging always takes a nose dive in the spring.  I have had much professional turmoil this year so this spring has been even worse than usual.

I really miss blogging so I’m very excited to take this challenge and blog once a day, just for 30 days.  These posts do not have to be long or even about curriculum.  They can be a short story or even just a picture of something you are doing in your class that day.  The fun is in participating!  I will be out of town for almost a week this month on class trips with no access to the internet, so I know I can’t do everyday.  However, I am going to try to do everyday that I can.  You should join us – it’s going to be a blast!

If you do decided to join, please tweet out your posts with the #MTBoS30 hashtag.  Welcome to the fun!





2013 in Review

I love ending the year with reflection.  Each year WordPress sends me a summary that I enjoy reading.  This year, thanks to Sheri, I also made a video that summarized my twitter year in a fun way.  This video led to my top 10 tweets.  I enjoy looking back and seeing what the year was like in review.

Twitter Video Summary 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 370,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 16 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

My Top Tweets of 2013

Nix the Tricks: A Must Read FREE eBook for Teachers, Tutors, and Parents

We have all heard them (and maybe even taught or still teach them).  From “hungry” inequalities to FOIL, this eBook talks about the shortcuts that math students use, why they hinder conceptual understand, and even offers advice on alternative teaching methods.  Each section focuses not only on a “trick” that could be “nixed”, but a fix as well!  Student examples are included.

Nix the Tricks covers everything from 2nd grade to high school math and should be read by every teacher, tutor or parent that teaches math.  

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For over a year, math teachers in the online mathematics community (known as the #MTBoS) have been contributing the tricks that frustrate them the most.  Tina Cardone compiled all of these tricks and put this amazing resource together!  The best part of this entire concept is that it is still being updated and edited!  As always within the open source #MTBoS, you are invited to join in on the conversation to discuss the tricks and even submit the tricks that frustrate you the most.

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Tina is also working on a printed version of the book that can be ordered online.  Download the eBook and like the Facebook page for updates on the printed version and new revisions.

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Electronic Student Portfolios in Math Class

Explore the MTBoS – Mission #1 is in full swing now!  We have had over 150 bloggers post this week!  If you haven’t written your post yet, there is still time.  One of the blog topics this week is about “rich tasks”.  I am trying to incorporate more rich tasks into my classroom, so thank you to all of the great bloggers who posted about their rich tasks because this is very helpful to me!  If you haven’t been over there to read the blogs, you should go and read some now!

For this weeks mission, I decided to blog about something that makes my classroom distinctly mine.  One of the best things that I have my students do every year is to create their own math wiki page.  Each students wiki page is an electronic portfolio of their math projects and a place for them to showcase anything math related that they find.  Many students add funny math jokes and pictures to their pages.  Some students also put on math quizzes and extra hard problems that they create for other students to solve.  For many of them, it is their first exposure to “social media”.  They love reading and commenting on other students pages.  I give them class time to read other students pages, but they also read each others pages on the weekends and even over breaks.  They love being able to create their own page, and I love that they are spending so much time exploring more “mathy” things.  It is especially a big hit in 6th grade, when students are new to computers and technology and aren’t heavily into other social media sites yet.

My new students know about the math wiki pages from my older students and usually start asking when they will get to create their own math wiki page on the first day of school.  I love that there is such a positive buzz about it.  It’s great when students are really looking forward to an activity in math class.  This week my new 6th graders will finally get to create their pages!  We are all pretty excited and I can’t wait to see what my new student produce!

Check out some of the wiki pages my students have created in the past.

Math Wiki Pages

Problem Solving Webinar – Global Math

Tonight on Global Math, we will be discussing problem solving and our favorite problem based lessons and tasks.  I will be presenting, along with Alisan Royster and Justin Aion.  We would love to see you there!

To see the recorded webinar, click here to watch it on the Global Math site.