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Thom H Gibson
Attended Texas State University–San Marcos
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Reflecting on what's working and what's not.

5 Ways To See If Your Students Are Learning
http://wp.me/p3LdGY-8t

#education   #mathedchat  
I recently wrote a reflection on a prompt given by our middle school director on how I know students are learning.  He's followed up and given us a couple articles to read.  I reflected on what I f...
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Which Budgeting App Should I Use?  Goodbudget vs. Everydollar.
#budgeting  +Dave Ramsey +Goodbudget +EveryDollar 
This isn't an education entry but budgeting & managing expenses is something everyone should do! I've been budgeting since I got out of college to track my spending.  I used an Excel spreadshee...
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Thanks for the comparison! 
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Teachers,

I've put together a quick presentation to go with a short story I'll read to students about the growth mindset (the idea that struggle means you're learning, not that you're unintelligent). I plan on going through it this first week back.

It's a good short story that would work with any age group.
I found a story that really captures the need to have a growth mindset- the idea that growth not only happens through the struggle, but that the struggle is NECESSARY.  I plan to read through the s...
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Science, Hands on, Life lesson/all in one/Nice
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+EDpuzzle I made a class for each section I teach of PreAlgebra.  I wanted to put a link to their assigned video on my class website, but I used a link from my 1st period PreAlgebra assignment...if a 2nd period student tries to click on it, they either have to put in the 1st period class code or cancel and pick the video from the assignment page.

Is there a way that I can have one link that any student from any class can use that will count it towards their assignment (and it won't be in guest view).  

I don't really want to put 3 different links (one for each class) on my class website for the same video, and I would also like to keep the classes separate in EdPuzzle (instead of making one big PreAlgebra class that they all join)

#flipclassroom   #flipclass   #edtech   #msmathchat  
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Maybe you guys could incorporate an way to have one "class" but have the ability to put students in different groups.  Each group would be one of the sections of that class.  Then it's one assignment link and you can still see your students by section instead of seeing a list of every student taking that course.
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Teaching math has led to me exploring math in deeper ways that ever before.  It's made simple ideas and concepts come to life as I discover the why's behind them.  Here's some reflections I had before I started this school year on how to pass on that energy to my students.

http://gibsonedu.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/so-how-exactly-should-we-teach-math/
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+Thom H Gibson I did it? I was just wandering...

I've never organized these though.

After I reread what I wrote, I realize that would have been easy to learn math if someone told me this.
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An article I wrote on how to make review games more about the content and less about dominating the other team.

http://gibsonedu.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/are-classroom-games-contrary-to-intrinsic-motivation/
In my first year of teaching, I played games as a review activity several times, usually for math.  I did table vs. table, boys vs. girls, white shirts vs. blue shirts, etc.  A few things happened ...
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Been trying to reflect a bit more on my practice.

5 Ways To See If Your Students Are Learning
https://gibsonedu.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/5-ways-to-see-if-your-students-are-learning/

#edchat   #mathedchat  
I recently wrote a reflection on a prompt given by our middle school director on how I know students are learning.  He's followed up and given us a couple articles to read.  I reflected on what I f...
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Teachers,

I've put together a quick presentation to go with a short story I'll read to students about the growth mindset (the idea that struggle means you're learning, not that you're unintelligent). I plan on going through it this first week back.

It's a good short story that would work with any age group.
I found a story that really captures the need to have a growth mindset- the idea that growth not only happens through the struggle, but that the struggle is NECESSARY.  I plan to read through the s...
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Metaphorical and analogical presentations can be among the most powerful teaching tools. Excellent way to start a learning year. 
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I'd like to create one page for each student on my class site to have as a digital portfolio. Is there a quicker way to do this besides creating each page one-by-one and giving each student editing privileges for their page?

I know siteMaestro will make a whole new site for each student but I just want them to have a page on our class site (our district setting prohibit students from creating sites with the GAFE account)
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I would make a new site, separate from your teacher site, and allow students to add their own page(s). You just tell them what to name them. It works very well. You just edit the homepage.

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Guess who's back? The creator of beloved comic Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson, has a new comic strip out. Recently he released a 15-panel comic strip for the Angoulême International Comics Festival. You can see it here: http://on.nypl.org/1zAp5F2
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An article I wrote on how to make classroom review games more focused on content and less about dominating the other team.

http://gibsonedu.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/are-classroom-games-contrary-to-intrinsic-motivation/
In my first year of teaching, I played games as a review activity several times, usually for math.  I did table vs. table, boys vs. girls, white shirts vs. blue shirts, etc.  A few things happened ...
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Wrote an article on the different Google Apps I use in the math classroom.

http://wp.me/p3LdGY-6N
It’s my first year in a Google Apps for Education school and my first year teaching middle school math. I’ve been thinking through different ways to utilize the Google tools in my classroom.  Here’...
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Thanks +Blayne Primeau We had some really great discussions as well as students defended which number sets they felt -4.2 fell into.  Who knew middle schoolers could get so passionate about weather a number is an integer or not.
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