Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Individualized Quizzes and g(Math)

I'd heard of g(math) as an Add-on for Google docs and forms, but I ran across this post talking about how you could use it to create individualized quizzes for students.

Although it might be a lot of work, maybe it would be a way to create quizzes for students who are re-quizzing topics (if you go SBG)?

Just a thought.

Here's the post that got me wondering.

CCSS confusion

I like the Common Core for math.

And yet....

From the Math 1 Evidence Tables (what's tested when):

From the CCSS Appendix A (under Integrated Math 2):

Call me confused.

Monday, April 6, 2015

4th quarter! Math! What could be better?

Once again, it's hard to believe that it's 4th quarter. We were on Spring Break last week and are now facing 40ish days to finish up the school year. Woo hoo!

I've been working on putting together some pacing guides for our Math 1, 2, and 3 courses - we went with the Integrated pathway and there isn't a whole lot out there!  Try shopping for new textbooks... Most publishers (that we've seen, anyway) reissued an Algebra 1 textbook and slapped a couple of chapters of Geometry at the end.  Yeah, no.

So for now our teachers are making do with MathXL and piecing together sections from the books we already have. I'm hoping that if we have these pacing guides it'll help give people a clearer idea of what all needs to be taught.

This is a section from the Math 1 document (it's not ready to go fully public yet):
You've got the dates, unit name, # of weeks, short list of topics, standards, when they're tested, and the calculator policy of the standard.

The green and yellow highlighting indicates the importance of the topic being taught (green > yellow > blue) and I linked the standards to their places in our Unpacked documents.

If I was teaching this course I'd be pretty happy with this information. My only worry is that it's too much; one teacher I showed this to said all he wants is the topic list. That doesn't bother me at all (cough cough).

We have a Math Course of Study meeting on Wednesday so I need to have these done by then. I think the teachers will be linking in different resources they're using for the different standards, so it's almost like we're creating our own textbook.

And I get to live in math world for a while, which makes me happy. :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

OneNote and Math 1

We have tablet PCs at my school, and as a (former) math teacher, I can't imagine teaching without one.

If you don't know what a tablet PC is, it's a fully functional laptop whose display swivels around and becomes a write-able surface. It's basically a smartboard within the computer. The district researched them several years ago (6? 7?) and decided to go with these as opposed to a smartboard because of the portability of them.


There are two different programs on the tablet that are conducive for inking on - Microsoft Journal and Microsoft OneNote.  I tended to stick with Journal because I liked the writing style (I'm picky about how things look) but I like the organizational aspect of OneNote. It's really like creating 3-ring binders for your files. You can have tabs with pages and subpages. An organizer's dream!

Here's an example of the tabs across the top:

And then the pages along the side:

I've been doing some work with the Math Course of Study Committee in my district and was checking out the pacing guides for Math 1, 2, and 3. We went with the Integrated Pathway so have had to create and arrange a lot of stuff on our own.  While I was perusing our 97-page google doc of the "unpacked" standards, it occurred to me that it would be really hard to find a standard in there without a lot of digging.

So, with nothing else on my plate for the day, I put together a OneNote notebook for Math 1.  And the cool thing is, it's sharable!  (Wish it was embeddable, but that may just be too much to hope for.)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Recent Finds

I've found some good stuff lately!

1.  A presentation on Google's Lesser-Known Tools. I just shared this out with my staff. My favorites: GeoGuessr and Peanut Gallery.

2. Lisa Henry, a friend and co-founder of Twitter Math Camp, posted her Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 Common Core and PARCC Curriculum Tables on her blog. Definitely worth perusing, especially if you're in a state with both!  My district went with the Integrated Pathway so it's not a direct correlation, but it's definitely a nice resource!

3. Mary Bourassa is starting to blog her daily classroom activities. I never pass those up!

4. PARCC has released a Math PBA Practice Test. I don't know about you but I'm sick of PARCC, and we haven't even started testing!

I also shared some more subject-specific resources with the English and Social Studies teachers at my school...

They're located in a shared folder called Turpin Tech Resources.  Happy reading!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One of those days...

Ever have one of those days when everything goes perfectly and you feel like you've accomplished a lot?

Yeah, that wasn't today.

Not that it was bad; I just ran into a bunch of roadblocks and couldn't figure anything out. And it was a busy day!

1. We started our morning with a state-wide Infrastructure Trial. The PARCC test is coming up and it was a good time to check to make sure that everything (ie, computers) will work ok on the site. And that the site doesn't crash.  From our end it went pretty well.

2. Our school psych let me know that the form we set up to collect information about student concerns isn't emailing the results to the counselors like it should. We're using a google form and the Ultradox Trigger add on.... great idea, and it's worked in the past, but for some reason it stopped working. I played with it for a bit but didn't get anywhere. I'll keep checking it out tomorrow.

3. I went over to our Administration Building to attend a meeting with the Parent Math Course of Study Committee. (They're bringing parents in to get feedback/keep them informed with what's going on in the math course of study.) We're working on a website to help them with all things Common Core Math Ohio's New Learning Standards. It was interesting to hear what they thought about our work; they definitely gave us some things to think about and redesign.

4. Back to school for a TI Webinar. It was billed as TI Graphing Calculator Support for PARCC Algebra 1 & High School Administrators  but was a lot like a sales pitch. At least, what I heard of it. I started trying to log in about 10 minutes early. Finally made it half an hour later. Ugh.

5. That left me a couple of hours to work on random stuff... adding a search bar to a google site (is it possible? If you know please tell me how to do it!), more on the Ultradox Trigger (to no avail), discussions with my co-workers about how to deal with our Chromebooks and the upcoming testing.

I just felt like I ran around all day and have more questions/problems than answers.

I think it's time to go home and go for a run.