Tag Archives: This is how I teach

How I Teach: Matt Baker

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.

Matt Baker teaches in Brooklyn, NY. I first met him at TMC17 in his class on cultivating conversations amongst students. This past summer he joined the second cohort of the Desmos Teaching Fellowship and we were able to meet up for a bit at the mothership in July. Matt was so kind as to send this to me all the way back in December 2016, and I promptly sat on it until now. He assures me that it’s all still pretty much on point with some minor developments.

This is the start of season 2 for How I Teach. There should be a steady stream of one per Sunday for a bit!


Location
Brooklyn, NY

Current Job
Math teacher at The Brooklyn Latin School. I’m teaching Algebra 2 and IB Math Studies SL Year 2 this year, and I’m the senior grade team leader.

One word that best describes how I teach
My initial response was “Sarcastically”, but I guess “passionately” probably sums it up best.

Current mobile device
iPhone 6

Current Computer
If I’m at home I do my work on an HP laptop I got 5 years ago. At school I have a Lenovo Thinkpad with a trackpad that doesn’t work.

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Word and SmartNotebook sound like lame answers. Honestly I have the DocScan app which makes my life soooooo much easier, because I can make pdfs of keys really easily.

Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 11.10.19 PMWhat was the last tool that you adopted that was a game changer?
“Game-changer” was probably plickers, because it let me do formative assessment so much more quickly. But that was a few years ago after TMC. “Game-changers” are hard to come by. Continue reading

How I Teach: Joel Bezaire

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.

I met Joel Bezaire at TMC16 where he presented on Variable Analysis, a game that is absolutely worth checking out. Check him out on his blog and on Twitter.


Location
Nashville, TN

Current Job
7th Grade Pre-Algebra teacher at University School of Nashville

One word that best describes how I teach
Efficiently

Current mobile device
iPhone SE

Current Computer
MacBook Air and iMac

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Chrome with bookmarks that port from device to device

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How I Teach: Elissa Miller

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.

Elissa Miller is another Day in the Life blogger contributing to the series this week. Not only does her room and work sound organized, they also sound pretty stylized as well.

Location:
Tamms, IL

Current Job:
9-12 Math Teacher

One word that best describes how I teach:
Actively

Current mobile device:
iPhone 6

Current Computer:
Lenovo Think Pad

What software or tools can’t you live without?
Remind, SMART Notebook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, card stock, laminator, Plickers, Kuta

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How I Teach: Jon Barker

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.

Jon Barker is a colleague of mine here at our school in Cleveland. He teaches Algebra I, Precalc, AP Calc BC, and Multivariable Calc. Our rooms are right next to each other, and I will often pound on the wall to taunt/complain. This guy seriously loves learning, and to prove it is he is taking AP US history along side students this year (in the past he took AP Modern European History).

Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Current Job:
High school math teacher and coach

One word that best describes how I teach:
Collaboratively

Current mobile device:
iphone SE

Current Computer:
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How I Teach: Wendy Menard

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.

Wendy Menard blogs at Her Mathness and tweets @wmukluk. In addition to teaching high school math in NYC, she is a contributor to the Day in the Life project from Tina Cardone.

Location:
Brooklyn, NY

Current Job:
Algebra 2/Geometry teacher at Midwood High School

One word that best describes how I teach:
Creatively

Current mobile device:
iPhone 6 Plus

Current Computer:
MacBook Pro

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How I Teach: Julie Reulbach

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.

Many thanks to Julie, who agreed to write up this post in the midst of everyones wildest week of the year. I had the pleasure of getting to know Julie at TMC16 where she would often burst out in song while at dinner. Julie is a Desmos Fellow with me, she blogs at I Speak Math, and tweets at @jreulbach.

Current Job:
Algebra 2 teacher at Cannon School in Concord, NC

One word that best describes how I teach:
ENERGY!!!!!!

Current mobile device:
iPhone

Current Computer:
Mac

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 8.23.08 PM.pngWhat software or tools can’t you live without?
DESMOS Activity Builder. I use it everyday and can’t imagine teaching without it. I also love Pear Deck, especially now that they have a self-paced mode. I often use these two things together. Continue reading

How I Teach: Anna Vance

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.

Anna Vance was called out by last week’s inaugural How I Teach blogger @mathymeg07. By the time I messaged her a few hours after posting, she had already finished off the responses you see below. I would expect nothing less from a teacher with the handle @TypeAMathLand. Anna blogs at Type-A Mathland.


Location:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Current Job:
Math 1, 2, and 3 teacher (i.e. high school integrated math)

One word that best describes how I teach:
Creatively

Current mobile device:
iPhone 5S

Current Computer:
some sort of super heavy laptop. Haha…

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What software or tools can’t you live without?
Snipping tool, definitely. Continue reading