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Final Assignment

For my final assignment I decided to rewrite a Set Theory unit I had done for my Grade 7 class on weebly.com. I had used Google Classroom as my learning management system but realized I could not organize it the way I wanted. Students also could not easily find tasks, assessments and activities. Please check out my website and feel free to give me some feedback. It was great being in this class with all of you and hope to see you in my next classes. Happy Holidays to all…..

December 17, 2016   No Comments

Assignment 3

For this assignment, I decided to create a webquest using the service QuestGarden. This is an activity I had originally done on paper but thought of trying a web version of it. I was at a point in the unit where I was introducing the concept of equal(equivalent) fractions to my grade 6 class so I tried the activity out. Students really enjoyed the activity although they struggled a bit with the technology.I have included a sample of student work as well.

November 29, 2016   No Comments

Assignment 2: Plagiarism in Mathematics

As a mathematics teacher for 18 years I have never written a plagiarism lesson. I have given students tips before, during and after an assessment. I can see how having a lesson ready for use on plagiarism in mathematics would be beneficial.Here is my first attempt:

November 5, 2016   No Comments

Assignment 1A

Assignment 1A: Annotated Resource List

As a mathematics teacher for almost 18 years, finding the appropriate resources to help me in my planning and teaching was quite challenging. In the past, I needed to resort to periodicals, books and occasional teacher workshops. However, with the advancements in technology, there are now a multitude of resources at my disposal and my challenge has been to determine which websites would be my go to’s.

I have chosen 7 content-based math resource websites and will evaluate them based on the following criteria:

  • Grade-level match – content coverage
  • Cost– service fee
  • Quality – complete and ready for use, tasks are engaging
  • Accuracy – presence of errors in computation, concepts
  • Organization – ease of finding what you need

These websites are depositories of educational videos (Khan Academy,Youtube, Ted talks) and activities and lesson plans (Illuminations, GeoGebra, Teachers pay Teachers, Pinterest).

I have chosen the following websites to evaluate:

  1. Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/math
  1. Illuminations: http://illuminations.nctm.org/
  1. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mathematics
  1. GeoGebra Tube: https://www.geogebra.org/materials/
  1. Teachers pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/
  1. Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/
  1. Ted talks: https://www.ted.com/talks?sort=newest&topics%5B%5D=math

Click on the link here to view my evaluation of these websites.

In conclusion, when evaluating websites for mathematics resources I believe the criteria discussed above would be the most useful. All seven websites are suitable for use. However, each website has its unique function for my teaching style. I use Khan Academy and Youtube when I will run a flipped classroom or need students to see a process visually, say, do geometric transformations. Illuminations is useful when students need to do investigation work independently or in groups. I use GeoGebra tube when I am introducing students to math software like GeoGebra. Pinterest and Teachers pay Teachers are excellent websites for visually appealing worksheets and activities for up to middle school. Finally, Ted talks are more inspirational and motivational for our senior school students and faculty.

This assignment was a reflection activity as it allowed me to document criteria that I had previously visualized and conceptualized in my mind. As I use new websites, these criteria will facilitate my search of mathematics resources.

October 8, 2016   2 Comments

Introduction

profileHello everyone.

I am both nervous and excited for the course. It is my second course in the program and still not quite sure what to expect. I am also not the best at technology. This is one area in my professional development that I need to work on.

I have a BA in Mathematics and an MA in Mathematics Education. I have been teaching for almost eighteen years now, ten of those years in an IB World school in the Philippines where I served as the head of the mathematics department. I moved to Canada eight years ago with my husband and five of my six children. My family is very happy here and grateful for the opportunities our new home has given us.

I am presently teaching at an IB World School in Vancouver. This year I teach Mathematics 6 and  7 as well as Science 8. I am looking forward to applying what I learn in this course to my classes.

I love to travel with my family and make it a point to do so during my spring breaks and summers.

Hoping to hear from all of you.

Angela Nevada

May 9, 2016   2 Comments