Molly Carter
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Talking Circle in Math Class
Earlier this week I went to a professional development day where I had the pleasure of listening to Janet Milanowski present on Talking Circles. Prior to this professional development I had experiences and knowledge about counting circles but I had never he...
Talking Circle in Math Class
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The Calculus of Friendship: A Book Review
Recently I have had the pleasure of reading a great book by Steven Strogatz called The Calculus of Friendship.  In his book Strogatz writes about the letters that he sends back and forth with his high school calculus teacher, Mr. Joffary. The book contains ...
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How to Create Better Classroom Discussions
One of the struggles I have been dealing with this semester while I do my teacher assisting is trying to create better classroom discussions. I am doing my teacher assisting at Grandville Middle School in two Math 8 (pre-algebra) and two algebra classes. Th...
How to Create Better Classroom Discussions
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Tessellations...Are They Math?
The more math I learn the less it fits into the conventional definition I once had of mathematics. This semester I am taking my capstone class, The Nature of Modern Mathematics, and this class has been pushing the boundaries of what I consider mathematics. ...
Tessellations...Are They Math?
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First Week of Teacher Assisting
Well I have officially made it through my first week of my Teacher Assisting placement at Grandville Middle School! This semester I will be working alongside Mrs. Jamie Stuart and her 8th grade math students. I am at the school Monday-Friday from 7:20 am-12...
First Week of Teacher Assisting
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Stacking Cups Activity (Systems of Equations)
This winter I observed a lesson in an 8th grade math class that used a cup stacking activity to introduce systems of equations. I really like the activity and I thought it provided the students with some rich mathematical exploration. This activity was some...
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Interview Reflection
This semester I have been observing in an 8th grade math class at Creekside Middle School in Zeeland Michigan. During my time observing I also conducted three student interviews. During these interviews I gave a student a math problem to work on, and my goa...
Interview Reflection
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'Twas the Night Before Exams
‘Twas the night before Exams
and all through my room, I sat quietly awaiting my
ultimate doom. The pencils were placed in
the backpack with care, In hope that at the paper I
just  wouldn't  stare. The students were nervous all
stiff in their chairs While vi...