Friday, 25 April 2014

Twitter Response Template

As part of a discussion in advisory we watched Lupita Nyong'o's  (Oscar Winner for 12 Years a Slave) speech on beauty. The introduction on the link provides the context for the speech. Her message works for anyone, especially the adolescence in our advisories.

Afterwards, I asked my advisees to "tweet" about someone who inspires them and who has made a difference in their lives and outlook on life. The responses were honest and amazingly inspiring. 

Tweets about todays lesson pdf from Teachers Pay Teacher

Monday, 21 April 2014


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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Card Sort: Students creating definitions (Linear Functions)

I remember from a PEEL PD session in my first year about allowing student to come up with rules, definitions or generalizations to make it more meaningful and memorable.

One card sort I was inspired to create was types of Linear Functions. The idea is as a class (or small groups) students come up with ways of classifying the mix of linear graphs.

Yet to trial it, the aim is they come up with positive, negative, zero and undefined groups where we then can go back and formalize the definitions and connect it back with the rate of change.

Or watch the adventures of …..Slope Dude!!

Other card sorts: Similar and Congruent and Polynomials

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

First Padlet Attempt

My first attempt of using Padlet with my Advisory. I thought it might be a nice way to explore what it means to "be human" before starting a Service Learning activity - coined "Being Human". 

They seemed to of worked out what to do (even adding in pictures!!) far quicker than I did! Mixed success, but I did learnt much from it. I was able to send the link to students, have the page "locked" so only my advisory could access it with a password - how cool!!

Open to ideas on how this could be utilized more in Math and/or Science classes.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Creating definitions: Card Sort Similar and Congruent Shapes

I remember from a PEEL PD session in my first year about allowing student to come up with rules, definitions or generalizations to make it more meaningful and memorable.

One card sort I tried for the first time was Similar and Congruent from The Dog Days of Math Blog (thank you!).

I gave each student a mini deck of these cards in which they were given about 5-10 min to decide how to group them into two groups. They needed to come up with properties or explanations to why they decided to group them that way. It was a great quick thinking and discussion activity before formally defining the terms.

A fun warm up activity that allowed students to have some ownership and connection with the definitions.