Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Fraction Review Sheet
The first day of school is quickly approaching and a review of fractions is always beneficial to students after a long break. I will be going over this sheet with them and then give them some practice during the first week of school.
This review covers:
 Converting Mixed Fractions to Improper Fractions
 Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Fractions
 Adding Fractions
 Subtracting Fraction
 Multiplying Fractions
 Dividing Fractions
You can download this fraction review sheet here :)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Math TShirt
I have a new math tshirt design out! I am having WAY TOO MUCH fun creating these tshirts :)
Click here to see my other designs.
Click here to see my other designs.
Google Doodle remembers Pierre de Fermat
Happy 410th Birthday Pierre de Fermat!
Fermat's Last Theorem states that a^{n} + b^{n} ≠ c^{n },when n > 2. Fermat's fame grew because he had scribbled the theorem in a book margin and never provided the proof (stating it was too large to fit on the page). After 4 centuries, the proof was eventually published in 1995 by Sir Andrew Wiles.
Kudos to Google for spotlighting Pierre de Fermat, however it would be great to introduce the world to some current mathematicians and their research. How 'bout it Google? :)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Exponential Graphs  Bouncing Ball Investigation
MBF 3C  Grade 11 College Math
Lesson Objective: Students will cooperatively explore exponential relations during an experiment with a bouncy ball.
What you'll need:
Lesson Objective: Students will cooperatively explore exponential relations during an experiment with a bouncy ball.
What you'll need:
 Bouncy Balls
 Recording Sheet
 Measuring tape, metre sticks
 Pencils, calculator, graph paper, graphing calculator
 small postit (sticky) markers or note

 To download the Exponential Graph Bouncing Ball Investigation Click here!
What is Formative Assessment?
There is currently a huge focus on formative assessment in schools across Ontario. Instructional strategies for formative assessment include pretests, observations, feedback, questioning strategies, self and peer assessment, and student record keeping.
Formative assessment can be used to:
 Enhance Motivation to learn
 Help students identify gaps in knowledge
 Foster selfstudy
 Clarify desired outcomes
 Diagnose specific misunderstandings
 Allow students to make adjustments to what and how they are learning
The Teaching Doctor (2008)
Formative assessment is important because we, as teachers, need to know how our students are progressing or what they are having difficulties with so that we can adapt our lessons and teaching strategies appropriately (Black & Wiliam, 1998). We cannot wait for the summative assessment at the end of the unit because by then we will be moving on to a new topic.
Black and Wiliam, 1998, suggest the following ways of improving formative assessment:
 Self esteem of pupils (providing feedback, advice)
 Self and peer assessment by pupils (understanding the main purpose of their learning thereby grasping what they need to do in order to achieve)
 Evolution of effective teaching (justifiable tasks, discussions, observations, listening)
Monday, August 15, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
The day I discovered Math Foldables ....
.... and this is what my table looks like. I'M HOOKED!!!!
Question 2  WHY have I never heard of these before?
I discovered math foldables by stumbling across Mr. Surti's website. The activities and Resources he has listed for MFM 2P (Grade 10 math applied) drew me in immediately. His ideas on incorporating differentiated Instruction into this course are amazing.
As I investigated further into math foldables I discovered a woman named Dinah Zike who has published many books on topic. You can view Dinah Zike's Teaching Mathematics With Foldables here!
I ordered Dinah Zike's Big Book Of Math (Middle School & High School) from Amazon and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival.
I will start posting instructions on how to make these foldables periodically. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!
Friday, August 5, 2011
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