How I Teach: Juan Gomez

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like. If you are interested in contributing, fill out this form, and I’ll reach out.

Juan Gomez is a fellow Desmos Fellow. His account of how he teaches is unique in that one of his students guest-writes a few responses. That guest spot — and a few other responses — highlight the most common theme in these posts: relationships.


Location
In sunny (and sometimes foggy) but always beautiful Carmel, California.

Current Job
I am a Math Instructional Coach and Teach four sections of math.

One word that best describes how I teach
Relationships – without them you turn into the teacher from the Peanuts comic strip.

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How I Teach: Cristina Paul

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like. If you are interested in contributing, fill out this form, and I’ll reach out.

This week we welcome Cristina Paul, who tweets at @cristinapaul333 and blogs at  neglected thoughts. Cristina’s perspective on managing her teaching life is interesting for many reasons, not the least of which is the setup of her rooms/office and the specific challenges of co-teaching. To boot, it looks like she is able to weave the arts into her work in a way that may make many of us jealous!


Location
UCLA Lab School Los Angeles, California

Current Job
Dual Language Demonstration Teacher

One word that best describes how I teach
Responsively

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How I Teach: Emily Sliman

How I Teach is back for season 3! If you are interested in contributing, fill out this form and I’ll reach out.

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like.

Emily Sliman comes to us for this season 3 premier from halfway around the world. I find a lot of common ground with Emily here, especially in her simple approach to classroom management and penchant for losing coffee cups. Read her blog at emilysliman.com.


Location
Bangkok, Thailand (until August when I head to Tokyo)

Current Job
For now: IB Mathematics teacher, high school. I currently teach higher level, further math (think higher ++) and an advanced grade 10 integrated class and a super advanced grade 10 class that’s project based. Next year I’ll be at an American school teaching AP calculus.

One word that best describes how I teach
Minimally
I run a flipped classroom, so I try to spend minimal time in front of students and instead most of my time with them.

Current mobile device
Google Pixel 2, I also have access to a school provided iPad Pro that I almost never use.

Current Computer
School provided MacBook Pro

What software or tools can’t you live without?
I assume Twitter’s a given… Desmos, Google Apps (specifically, drive, photos and calendar). I also have a tablet style mouse that I use for writing out my math on my computer. I use Notability to import pdfs and write on those.

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TMC18 speaker proposals are OPEN

Twitter Math Camp is coming to the CLE this summer. My very own school, its wireless network, and its neighborhood restaurants will be home to a whole flock of MTBoSian folks. You should come! One sure fire way to come and participate is to propose a session and have it accepted. Don’t fret if you’re new at this — there are lots of options for session structures. I’ll let the team do the talking below….


We are starting to gear up for TMC18, which will be at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH  (map is here) from July 19-22, 2018. We are looking forward to a great event! Part of what makes TMC special is the wonderful presentations we have from math teachers who are facing the same challenges that we all are.

To get an idea of what the community is interested in hearing about and/or learning about we set up a Google Doc (http://bit.ly/TMC18sessug). It’s a GDoc for people to list their interests and someone who might be good to present that topic. The form is still open for editing, so if you have an idea of what you’d like to see someone else present as you’re writing your own proposal, feel free to add it!

This conference is by teachers, for teachers. That means we need you to present. Yes, you! In the past nearly everyone who submitted on time was accepted, however, we cannot guarantee that will be the case. We do know that we need 10-12 morning sessions (these sessions are held 3 consecutive mornings for 2 hours each morning) and 12 sessions at each afternoon slot (12 half hour sessions that will be on Thursday, July 19 and 48 one hour sessions that will be either Thursday, July 19, Friday, July 20, or Saturday, July 21). That means we are looking for somewhere around 70 sessions for TMC18. We are requesting that if you are applying to speak for a 30 or 60 minute session that there are no more than 2 speakers and if you are applying for a morning session that there are no more than 3 speakers.

What can you share that you do in your classroom that others can learn from? Presentations can be anything from a strategy you use to how you organize your entire curriculum. Anything someone has ever asked you about is something worth sharing. And that thing that no one has asked about but you wish they would? That’s worth sharing too. Once you’ve decided on a topic, come up with a title and description and submit the form. The description you submit now is the one that will go into the program, so make sure it is clear and enticing. Please make sure that people can tell the difference between your session and one that may be similar. For example, is your session an Intro to Desmos session or one for power users? This helps us build a better schedule and helps you pick the sessions that will be most helpful to you!

If you have an idea for something short (between 5 and 15 minutes) to share, plan on doing a My Favorite. Those will be submitted at a later date.

The deadline for submitting your TMC Speaker Proposal is January 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. This is a firm deadline since we will reserve spots for all presenters before we begin to open registration on February 1st.

Thank you for your interest!

Team TMC – Lisa Henry, Lead Organizer, Mary Bourassa, Tina Cardone, James Cleveland, Cortni Muir, Jami Packer, David Sabol, Sam Shah, and Glenn Waddell

 

How I Teach: Daniel Carlson

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like.

Way way back — before this blog, my Twitter, and maybe even Desmos itself existed — my colleagues had a student teacher name Dan Carlson. He went on to teach across town, and we’d only meet up at the occasional trivia night. Now, he’s blogging very regularly and tore up TMC17. This #HowITeach is an instant classic and will be forever known as the most quotable issue.


Location
Mayfield Middle School, Mayfield Heights, Ohio (suburb of Cleveland)

Current job
8th grade mathematics teacher

One word that best describes how I teach
Insane

Current mobile device
Samsung Galaxy S6

Current computer
Asus ZenBook. It’s amazing. I love it.

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Google Slides, Microsoft Word, Inkscape, Geogebra, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome

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How I Teach: Sarah Carter

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like.

Sarah Carter was invited into the series by Carl Oliver a few weeks back. Her responses are chock full of great ideas for keeping a classroom running well. No joke, she goes into some excellent detail to let us all in to her process. Check out her blog and twitter for more on how she does what she does.


Location
Drumright, OK

Current Job
Algebra 1 and Chemistry Teacher

One word that best describes how you work
Interactively

Current mobile device
MotoG3

Current computer
Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?
SMARTNotebook, Microsoft Publisher, Snipping Tool, Google Keep, IrfanView, Laminator

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How I Teach: Nick Corley

In the How I Teach series, teachers answer some questions on the tools and strategies they use to get stuff done in and out of the classroom. Each teacher will work off a set of questions (some of which are borrowed from the lifehacker series) and answer what they like.

Nick was with me in the first cohort of the Desmos Teaching Fellowship, and I’ve enjoyed throwing ideas back and forth with him on Twitter and on Slack. Catch up on his blog over here!


Location
I live in Marmora, NJ

Current Job
8th grade Mathematics in Northfield NJ Algebra 1 and 8th Math

One word that best describes how I teach
Humorously

Current mobile device
Iphone 5

Current Computer
HP Pavilion

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Desmos!!

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