Author Archives: Jackie

Pick a piece of candy!

I try to change seats often in my classes (every three weeks or so). Sometimes I choose their seats for them, but most of the time it is random.  I usually use a deck of cards (well, part thereof), kids … Continue reading

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Advice For New Teachers: Goals

Adding my (late) contribution to Letters to a First Year Teacher… To a new teacher, As you plan for your first year, my advice to you is to have concrete goals — and very few of them. Some of us … Continue reading

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Summer Prep: Progress

Next year I have three preps:  Honors Accelerated Advanced Algebra (sophomores, two sections), Honors Pre-Calculus (juniors, two sections), and what we’ll call Algebra I (freshmen, one section). Pre-Calc is the only prep that isn’t new. I taught it last year … Continue reading

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End Behavior of Rational Functions

This is the activity I used a couple of months ago to help students investigate the end behavior of rational functions. The second part of the activity (not shown) asks them complete three statements: If the degree of the numerator … Continue reading

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National Boards, Reflecting and Writing

Ever have a friend that you’ve thought about often, but somehow lost touch?  Things come up, you mean to call, but somehow… you don’t. This continues, then it gets to the point where it seems too awkward to call. And … Continue reading

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The Ways We Learn

Recently I asked people to list five verbs that describe the way they learn. There were 25 responses (including my own).  The top four verbs reported were discuss (8), read (8),  experiment (7), and practice (7). I wonder how the … Continue reading

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Perspective

There are approximately 1,059,000 high school teachers in the United States, according to a 2007 estimate. There are approximately 90,000 members of NCTM. I have 87 people listed under my math teacher list on Twitter. I have about 50 blogs … Continue reading

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