Monthly Archives: November 2008

Tips for keeping your digital self organized using Google applications and services

In today’s modern world, teachers are faced with an ever more difficult task of keeping their resources and their lives organized.  It feels like greater demands are being expected from teachers and that our job is becoming more difficult.  Here are some simple things you can do to both keep yourself more organized, and in […]

Ways to use Geogebra in a mathematics classroom

There are a lot of good open source programs out there, but not many of them have direct application to a mathematics classroom the way Geogebra does.  Geogebra is a software package for creating and manipulating geometric objects.  It also allows for graphing of funcitons and manipulating the functions in all sorts of interesting ways.  It […]

Resource sharing between teachers.

As part of my Masters degree, I have created a venture pitch for a project I am working on called  Our assignment was to create a pitch as if we are the CEO of an organization which is looking for venture capital.  We are essentially creating our own start up idea, and then learning how […]

Formatting mathematics equations online

One difficulty faced by any mathematics teacher who wants to present material online is formatting of their documents.  Ideally, you’d like to be able to add equations to your online documents as easily as you can to Microsoft Word.  Unfortunately, this is not the case. Over the past three years, I have researched a number of […]

Working with a 1 to 1 laptop program

At our rather large high school in Thailand, we have a 1 to 1 laptop program.  Every student in the high school has a laptop, which they are supposed to bring to class.  After a year and half working with these laptops, I discovered the joys and pitfalls of such a system. The really nice […]

Making mathematics fun

One major barrier to students learning mathematics is that they spend a lot of time NOT enjoying themselves.  Let’s be honest, listening to poetry is enjoyable if the poetry is selected carefully.  Having discussions about current events in History, while learning critical analysis skills, is fun.  Solving a cubic equation is just not a lot […]

Using a class blog effectively

Something I have been doing for the past three years now is using a blog with my classroom.  I have developed my practices with the blog over time and so far here are some of the things I have been doing with it. The first thing for which I used my blog was to distribute information to the students, […]

Using Google Docs when teaching mathematics

Google has a lot of cool tools they have been working on recently, and I enjoy trying them out.  Once in a while they come up with a tool you can use in your classroom right away. One of the tools we are using in my classroom right now is Google Docs.  This is an […]

What can I do to help my child learn mathematics?

Update: It’s amazing how much my thinking has changed since I wrote this post. I literally cringed as I read the part about homework & test scores. One of the most common questions I am asked by parents during parent teacher conferences is, what can I do to help my child learn mathematics?  There are […]

Helping students produce effective high quality projects

As secondary mathematics becomes more and more about how you find the solution to a problem and less about what the correct answer is to a problem, it becomes easier to justify assessing students using a project. One immediate advantage of doing projects in high school mathematics is that students learn valuable job related skills, […]