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Sara VanDerWerf

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Description: Blog by a long-time teacher of secondary mathematics in the Minneapolis Public Schools and past president of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM). VanDerWerf spent several years leading mathematics at the district office and curates a museum of calculators. Posts, which date back to November, 2015, have included "Memorizing Facts"; "Top 10 Math Facebook Posts (+ a few extra)"; "Math Wall of Shame (80+ printable pics)"; "The Backwards Brain Bicycle"; "How Grand is Your Total? A 25 year old Open Middle problem"; "Why I give my students a system of 6 equations to solve on Day 1 of school"; "The Subaru Effect (in the math classroom & noticing my white privilege)"; "Why I've started teaching the FOIL Method again"; "Even if they say they don't like doing math, they secretly do"; "Desmos IS the new back of the book (and not just for the odd problems)"; "My speech to myself to start the 2017-18 school year"; and "STAND & TALKS: The best thing I ever did to get students talking to one another."

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Lesson Plans and Activities, Problems/Puzzles, Web-Based Discussions, Humor
Math Topics: Basic Algebra, Linear Algebra
Math Ed Topics: Problem-Solving, Materials-Reviews/Recommendations, Activities, Psychological/Affective Issues, Specific Math Concepts/Techniques, Teaching Styles/Practices, Writing/Communication in Math, Staff/Prof Development, Math Ed Research/Reform

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