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Common Core and TI-Nspire Technology

posted Sep 13, 2013, 7:49 AM by Kathryn Behling

Check out this awesome webquest on 9/17 about common core and TI-Nspire technology!  Find information HERE!

MobyMax

posted Aug 14, 2013, 5:33 AM by Kathryn Behling

Last year, the SPED teachers at my school found this really amazing tool.  At that time it was called MobyMath, but it has undergone a transformation since adding English components to be called MobyMax.  It aligns with CCSS standards taught in grades K - 8.  It is a great practice tool for any students in middle school and your low students in high school.  When the students get on, they do a diagnostic test that puts them in the appropriate grade level.  They then have to work to meet certain tasks.  As a teacher, you can assign them those tasks or just require that they work on the program for a certain amount of time trying to raise their grade level.  This is a dream for SPED teachers because the program will write IEP math goals for those students that need them!  Now, for one teacher, it costs about $60 a year, but our PTO funded it for us, and I'm sure yours might as well.  It's definitely worth it.

P.S.  I'm not 100% sure about this, but I've seen an "app" add-on for this with Edmodo and it might be free through that avenue.  You should check it out!

LearnZillion

posted Aug 2, 2013, 12:47 PM by Kathryn Behling   [ updated Aug 2, 2013, 12:51 PM ]

So, I always knew this website was out there, but I NEVER knew what kind of power it held for CCSS!  You can search by domain and standard to see some really phenomenal videos!

This would be a great addition to your classroom or a great study tool for your students!  You can even incorporate it into your Edmodo classroom!

Check out the website HERE!

Modeling in High School Math Classes

posted Jul 30, 2013, 6:17 AM by Kathryn Behling   [ updated Jul 30, 2013, 6:24 AM ]

You'll notice a HUGE new addition to common core standards for high school in that MODELING is a part of every single course.  Sure, we were asked to get the students to do some line of best fit stuff with the 2007 SC Math Standards, but nothing like CCSS is expecting.  Something that I feel like math teachers have got to wrap their heads around is data collection in the math classroom.  Up until now, most of us have left that up to the science teachers, but we have to become part of that real world - in  your face - yes, we are actually collecting this data together - great classroom tool.  I've done experiments where my students see Newton's Law of Cooling happening in real life, or they have to really understand the connection between position, velocity, and acceleration by walking out a graph that you've given them, but we have to do more.  This is a little scary because most of us are not strong enough in science to understand what experiments go with what units in math.  Well, Vernier has helped us with this!  I am a strong proponent of the book Real-World Math with Vernier:  Connecting Math and Science (click the link to go to the product page).  

What Vernier has done is give us 32 activities that can be aligned with math classes from PreAlgebra to Calculus and Statistics!  It even aligns the activities with our state standards (although I haven't yet found where they are aligned with CCSS - hopefully this is coming soon!).  It takes the scary idea of "data collection" and turns it into something doable we can implement in our own classes!  

I really love resources like this, so if you have any more that you know of, please pass them along!

HS Math Traditional Track and the CCSS

posted Jul 26, 2013, 1:27 PM by Kathryn Behling   [ updated Jul 30, 2013, 6:24 AM ]

I think the scariest part for me with CCSS was figuring out which standards should be taught in which courses in high school.  CCSS publishes high school standards as topics as opposed to courses (Alg 1, Geo, Alg 2, etc).  Well, I finally ran across their appendix where they do break the high school standards into courses.  I've attached the appendix just in case you haven't had a chance to look at it yourself!

Common Core App

posted Jul 25, 2013, 12:26 PM by Kathryn Behling   [ updated Jul 30, 2013, 6:25 AM ]

I've found this great new app for really understanding the structure of common core by MasteryConnect.  Find it in your app store!  If you want to try it out first, play with it HERE.
 
PROS:
  • They have broken down math by both the traditional track and the integrated track.
  • For the traditional track, they have separate standards for 7th grade and then 7th grade Accelerated (for those schools teaching PreAlgebra).
  • The app separates the appropriate standards for an 8th grade Algebra 1 and a 9th grade Algebra 1.
  • It color codes all of the standards.
  • When you click on a standard, it gives you the standard and an example.
  • For difficult topics, such as modeling, it gives a link so that you can learn more about what it should look like in your classroom.
  • In the resources tab, they give the standards for practice, the math appendix, and a glossary.
CONS:
  • I cannot find any printer friendly version of this.  I'd like to have a copy that I can write on.
  • They have standards for a "fourth course" in math, but they don't name it or give an indication of what it would look like in a school.
  • It would be really nice if there was a connection between this and something like Khan Academy where you could watch a video about the topic.
  • I wish this app allowed you to "check off" standards as you taught them in your classroom.

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