Tag Archives: This is how I teach

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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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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How I Teach: Fawn Nguyen

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.

Two weeks ago, Fawn was invited by Mattie Baker to participate in this onslaught of questions, and it was an on-point invite. Fawn’s blog is bursting with deep, honest, and helpful reflection on her craft, but it also strikes me as one of the best for talking about organizational strategy in the classroom. Let’s see if we can keep this thread of invitations going with her request (near the end, no spoilers).


Location
Oxnard, CA. Not the prettiest sounding name. There’s ox and there’s nard, neither conjures up images of serenity nor charm. But it’s home to the Dallas Cowboys training camp every summer.

Current Job
I’m teaching Math 7 and Math 8 this year. Math 7 is new for me. My previous assignment (for many years) was Math 6 and Math 8, so it was nice for me and the students to get a year break from each other. Not any more!

One word that best describes how I teach
Diligently is the intention, but sometimes it looks more like doggedly.

Current mobile device
iPhone 5S

Current Computer
MacBook Pro. I use one laptop for work and home, so it goes with me everywhere.

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Other than my alarm clock, I rely heavily on Google Calendar.

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