Quadratic Curve Fitting in Market Analysis

This activity is designed to: explain the usefulness of the vertex form of a quadratic strengthen students’ graphing abilities extend understanding of scatter plots from fitting a line to fitting a curve connect what we do in the classroom to real jobs to increase motivation open gateways to 21st Century careers for students might be … More Quadratic Curve Fitting in Market Analysis

Why should anyone involved in education use Twitter (if they have time)

Many math teachers are so overwhelmed with the often unachievable “supposed to’s” that the thought of keeping up with their profession as it develops outside their own classroom experience is not even on the radar.  But with those who find time, I think the most delightful part of teaching is learning and growing along with the … More Why should anyone involved in education use Twitter (if they have time)

HS Math Instruction: Surprising similarities to digital art

As I continue my quest for student engagement in high school math, my eyes were opened this morning when I read a digital art curriculum.  I am now a convert that STEM should be STEAM.  Had I read the curriculum any other day, it may not have had the same effect as reading it today … More HS Math Instruction: Surprising similarities to digital art

HS Math Modeling: keeping within our curriculum

While the balloon video may seem off the wall to a high school math teacher, Dan’s explanation beautifully illustrates the difference between a “word problem” and the  real-life modeling intended by the CCSS   The balloon problem has a closed beginning but has an open middle (students design how they will analyze the problem) and open end … More HS Math Modeling: keeping within our curriculum

HS Math & ELA: STEM integration is a social justice issue

With our growing interest in making classes relevant and engaging, I am increasingly concerned about the lag on STEM integration into the core high school classrooms.  I highly suspect that upon seeing the word “STEM,” robots and pipe cleaners come to mind; but that is not what needs to happen in high school core classes. … More HS Math & ELA: STEM integration is a social justice issue