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Feb 12

Wow, Annie Forest’s VLOG Made Me Flashback

While listening to Annie Forest’s vlog at http://showyourthinkingmath.blogspot.com/2017/04/small-changes-that-make-big-impact.html  my life kinda flashed before my eyes! As further background, Mrs. Forest is highlighting an excellent article, titled, “Never Say Anything a Kid Can Say!”  Author: Reinhart, Steven C.;  Source: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v5 n8 p478-83 Apr 2000.  The article is excellent! The things I learned from …

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Feb 08

Desmos files

Here is a spreadsheet (shared Google Sheet) with some Desmos files on sheet 1 Desmos Classroom Activities on sheet 2 http://bit.ly/OlsenDesmosTable

Jan 13

Welcome Spring 2018 Math 304 Students

Welcome Math 304 students! This webpage is one of two main webpages we use for Math 304. The other two are WesternOnline and Math 304 Resources Page. We use this webpage for announcements and links to teaching resources. I look forward to working with you in this course. You might also check out my Teaching …

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Jun 27

Using Rich Problems for Differentiated Instruction

This is a good paper describing the use and characteristics of rich problems. http://math.sfsu.edu/hsu/papers/HsuKyshResek-RichProblems.pdf (The teaching method here is Teaching With Tasks.) Has 3 examples of rich problems First is rich and fairly basic and doable. Second is excellent. #differenceofsquares (I like this one the best. 😀)  Third is quite open-ended. The article does a …

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Apr 17

Hidden Figures Curriculum for Schools

Check out http://mentalfloss.com/article/94297/hidden-figures-coming-classrooms Free download of a curriculum based on the movie Hidden Figures.

Mar 29

Technical website note

I have disabled the comment feature of this website.  I do welcome feedback and comments on this website. Please use the phone, twitter, or email to comment on this website.

Mar 02

Educational technology that helps kids learn — and doesn’t

Good Article: Silicon Valley teacher: Don’t confuse educational technology that helps kids learn — and doesn’t https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/03/01/silicon-valley-teacher-dont-confuse-educational-technology-that-helps-kids-learn-and-doesnt/?utm_term=.f42cdd0ff493

Mar 02

Spring Math 304 Websites

Here are the websites of students in Math 304 at WIU in Spring 2017 https://msrochasite.wordpress.com/ https://wsmath304.wordpress.com/ http://willismath.blogspot.com/ http://hindalsufi.weebly.com/ https://rbetzhome.wordpress.com/ These contain many ideas for how to make learning math meaningful our students. More will be added as the semester progresses. Here’s one more — from Julie. She’s doing some things similar to the Math 304 …

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Feb 18

Weebly and other Internet/Web notes

My top 3 sites for creating free websites are WordPress, Blogger, and Weebly. I have a fairly big section on my Teacher Resources page titled: Web Page Development, Internet Stuff, Computer Hints, Graphics, Music, & Software ‘n Fonts Check it out for more info.

Feb 14

Website Evaluation Form Here

Here is the Website Evaluation Form (.docx):  WEB SITE EVALUATION Form