Monday, December 1, 2014

Day 70.. Quilt time

More practice before Thanksgiving and some coloring time!  :)

Day 69... Pizzazzz

When reviewing basic probability,  I love these middle school math pizzazz books!  Corny  riddles are a hit!

Day 68.. Practicing

Some days you just have to PRACTICE!   Especially with probability problems!   I asked the students to summarize what they learned in the last box :)

Day 67... Taking notes

Today I wanted the students to take some notes but I really didn't want to lecture.   Instead I posted the PPT slides around the room and the kids walked around to copy them.  Each station also had some practice problems so the kids were more engaged than with traditional note taking. . Win!

Day 66.. Speed Dating

I really had a lot of fun with this strategy!  We used it to review for a quiz and the kids said it was very useful! 0

Day 65.. Stations

I forgot to take a picture again :(

Day 64.. Jigsaw

One of my go to strategies is a Jigsaw for the kids to split up the work and collaborate with their peers.

Day 63... Residuals

I'm not doing so great at this pic a day this quarter. . :(

Day 62... Give One

I asked the students to draw a huge Tic Tac Toe board on their notebook.   On the top row,  they had to write 3 things they had learned this week.   Then they had to get up and exchange notebooks with 6 others.  Good way to get the kids up and moving!

Day 61... Give One

Kids called this Yearbook Signing Party  but the more common name is Give One Get One. ...

Day 60... Wandering Point

No photo today but I am saddened by the number that struggled with graphing a line by plotting two points :(

Day 59... Practice Time

Some days you just have to figure out how to provide interesting practice... Today they worked on some regression problems at their own pace while I conferenced with individual students.

Day 57 and 58

Whoops... forgot to take a photo!

Day 56... Project Time!

One of the benefits of having a 1:1 school is the ease of working on a data gathering project.   Students gathered data on the age of a car versus is asking price.

Day 55... More about r

For the warmup today,  I gave the students some notes about correlation then had them discuss  common correlation blunders.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Day 54... Learning about R

To introduce the correlation,  I asked students to look at patterns to see if they could determine what r measured.   They did a great job!

Day 53... Test Day!

Happy Halloween!

Kiddos took the test we prepared for the past two days.   Hope they studied on their own too!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Day 52... Group MC

One thing I've really enjoyed this year is listening to my students while discussing problems.  Today we continued  reviewing by working through some group problems and true/false problems.

Day 51... Around the World... errr Room

It's time again for a test!   Today we reviewed by working on problems posted around the room.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 50... Inside Outside Circle

Today we learned about scatterplots and how to describe them.   The kids paired up and discussed the descriptions of a graph then moved to a new partner.

Day 49... Quiz Day

No picture today. .. Lots of grading though,  wanna help?

Day 48... Quiz Review

I love Station activities!   My kids love the Red Yellow Green cups.   :)

Day 47... How are you feeling?

Took a quick temperature check today on how the kids felt about yesterday's work.   Most are feeling OK but some are still needing more review.

Day 46... Speed Dating

I stole this from the wonderful Kate at f(t).  Students worked in pairs to solve Normal Probability problems.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 45... Round Table

Today I pulled out a Kagan strategy called Round Table.  Each student had a different problem then did step 1.  Then we rotated problems and checked the previous work before going on to step 2.  The conversations were awesome! 

Day 44.. Z Tables

Today was a good day... I don't know what is different this year but the kids are really doing a great job with Z scores!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 43.. Empirical Rule Practice

Today was the last day before Fall Break,  so we wanted some sort of practice activity that was engaging.   Stations to the rescue!   Instead of writing on white boards,  I made answer sheets and laminated them for the kids to write on.   I was very pleased with how quickly they caught on to the Empirical Rule and I think it will make the Z Table lesson go smoothly next week!

Day 42... Z Scores

I wish it were easier to take photos of good conversations.   Today,  my kids learned about z-scores and we worked on  a problem about combining z scores to determine who was the best overall athlete.   The photo isn't very exciting but the discussions were very memorable!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 41... Group Exit Ticket

To check how the kids were doing on shifting and scaling,  I had them do a group exit ticket.   Each student worked the problems individually in their notebook,  then compared answers and wrote the group answer on the exit card.   Tomorrow they will get the group card back with written feedback for reflection.

Day 40... Shifting and Scaling

After our quiz today,  students worked on how adding or multiplying affects the summary statistics.   I didn't make as many connections as I should have. .. something to work on next time! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 39... Whip Around

I wish I had a photo for today but I don't.  We spent time today reviewing for a quiz,  and one strategy we used was a Whip Around.   I gave the students one minute to look over their notes and come up with one statement about something they've learned.   Then we made a large circle around the room and one by one,  we shared out. 

Day 38... Ogives

I'm failing at the photos this week!  Today we learned about ogives, which isn't the most exciting topic in general.   I need to figure out how to spice it up next year. ..

Monday, October 6, 2014

Day 37... Sub Plans

Today I had to be out for training on our 1:1 initiative,  so I tried something new for my sub plans.   Each table has a folder with the handouts and I've used my acrylic frames to post the instructions.   So far,  I love this idea!  :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Day 36.. Modified AP problems

We whiteboarded our warmup problem today,  which was a modified AP problem.   My students really struggled with part of it,  but I think there were some valuable discussions happening.  At least I hope so!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 35... One Good Thing

Inspired by a friend of mine,  I decided to try "One Good Thing" with my classes today.   I loved it!   :)  Also,  a bonus picture of a student today using thinking skills to find the median of a histogram.  I love laminated cards! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day 34... Matching graphs

This matching card activity is one of my favorites.   I love hearing the strategies kids use to match histograms,  boxplots, and summary statistics!

Day 33... Whoops!

Move along. . There's nothing to see here.

I forgot to take a picture :(

Monday, September 29, 2014

Day 32... No AC :(

Today was a warm autumm day and as Murphy would predict,  the ac in our building went out.   It was quite stuffy in my room,  so we relocated to the outdoors.   At least we had a breeze out there!  :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day 31... Writing Practice

"The best way to learn is to do!"  Today we practiced more writing using StatKey.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 30... Writing Descriptions of Data

I tried something new today.   In the past, I've modeled how I want students to write descriptions of data then turned them loose.  This year,  I gave them back the sorting cards from yesterday as well as a worksheet where I had written 5 descriptions and they had to choose which graph it matched.   Finally,  we talked about how to write in context and I asked them to write a contextual description similar to the worksheet.   One kid asked, "so you need us to write clearly enough that you know it's this graph and not another one?"  YES! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 29... Describing Distributions

Today we started discussing how to describe a distribution.   As an introduction,  I referenced a news article from a few nights ago where the reporter faked a theft in order to do a story on eye witness accounts.   The more detail you give the cops the better sketch they can produce.   Similarly,  the more detail we give about a distribution,  the better we are able to visualize the graph and how the variable behaves.   Here,  students are sorting distributions by shape in order to see common patterns.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day 28... Frog Ponds

I love finding toys at Dollar Tree to use in class!  I've had these frog pond sets for several years and is such a fun way to gather a quick data set.  The kids get so competitive!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day 27.. Test Day!

There is something about the nice straight rows of a test day that just makes me happy :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 26... Review Trivia

Today we reviewed for a test and I used a "Trivia Night" style approach.   We had 3 rounds of 4 questions.  It was funny to see how much some of the kids got into it.  :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day 25... Acrostic Time

For today's exit ticket,  students were asked to write an AP Stat Acrostic using words we've learned this week. .. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day 25... Whiteboard Practice

Yesterday we learned the content for categorical distributions,  but today we spent time practicing by working at the whiteboards.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 24... M&M Distributions

Today we learned about marginal and conditional distributions using M&Ms... I love this activity!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 23.. Quiz day!

Not much to post since we quizzed over experiments today.   Tune back in tomorrow!  :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 22.. Review Stations

I love my acrylic frames!  Today we reviewed for a quiz by doing a stations activity.  :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day 21.. Chalk Talk

Inspired by one of my Twitter colleagues,  I decided to use Chalk Talk in my classes today and I LOVED IT!!  Definitely a keeper :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day 20... Whoops!

Today was the first day I forgot to take a photo.  I actually made it home during daylight hours today,  so hubby and I walked to dinner and I saw this on the way home.   :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day 19... Rough Day

I talked more today than I like.   Sadly,  days like that happen from time to time.  I realized that I had talked too much today when I noticed this "dot game" happening at one of the tables.   Maybe tomorrow will be a better day. ..

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day 18... Jigsaw Reading

We needed to wrap up a few details with regard to experimental design vocabulary so I gave each group four pages of text to read.   One person read about blinding,  one about statistical significance,  one about placebos, and the final one was about blocking.   Each student had 5 minutes to read and annotate their section before we broke into article based groups.   They had 5 minutes with their article based group to discuss the question on the board and other things they found interesting.   Finally they went back and shared out within their home groups.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 17... Against All Odds

We continued learning about experiments today and watched the Against All Odds video about studies.   After the video,  I asked students to do a 3-2-1 reflection with 3 things they learned,  2 vocabulary terms and their definitions and 1 question they had after the video.

Day 16... Word Toss

Today was a block day,  so after the Card Sort,  we worked on some language of experiments.   For their exit ticket,  we used the Word Toss strategy that I learned this summer in AVID training.   Students were given 8 words from the lesson (observational,  assignment,  treatment,  subject,  experiment,  response,  factor,  and random) and asked to write a single,  coherent sentence using as many of the words as possible.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 15.. Classifying Studies

After the quiz today,  students spent about 5 minutes reading some studies and sorting them into two piles.  I love listening in while students are discussing math!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day 14... Quiz Review

Today was a dull day as we reviewed for our first quiz, but I do love seeing students refer back to their notes while working through some problems!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Day 13... District Pep Rally

Today was a PD day for our district,  starting with the yearly pep really and competition for the coveted spirit award.   One of the highlights of the rally this year was our motivational speaker.  He was a chalk artist and this is what he drew during his speech. .. I'm in total awe of his talent!   His speech was about focusing on our strengths not our weaknesses because our weakness might go from weak to average but our strength could go from good to great.   What a powerful message!