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Audrey McLaren
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I Wonder Why I Stopped Blogging?
I know, I know, I'm blogging about why I've stopped blogging, I get the irony. But it's been on my mind. I don't blog anymore, at least not like I used to. I used to compose posts in my head during the week, or even during the day, and spend hours making it...

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Another First in My 30th Year of Teaching
Welcome to the continuing saga of how I, in my 30th year of teaching, am doing things that I should have been doing for all these 30 years. Today's practice that I'm embarrassed to admit I'm only starting to do now is having students present to the class.  ...

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The Classic Homographic
Why I love rational applications: Rational applications are worth spending more time on than absolute value or square root ones, I find, because they can harness so much algebra AND reality in one single problem. I spent two unhappy years working as a cost ...

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How to Get Organized in Your 30th Year of Teaching
Many years ago, as a young, disorganized, overwhelmed, but still enthusiastic teacher, I fantasized about opening up my plan book in September and having every lesson on every page already filled in. A stress-free year, in which I'd never have to wing it. I...

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Since I teach online, I can have a lot of students writing on the eboard at the same time. I've been using this to my, and their, advantage. Instead of getting everyone to do the exact same thing, I make sure to ask something in which there is potential for...

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I had a flashlight moment recently. I was helping a student to learn how to balance chemical
equations. I had done a few examples, and then I had her try one. Part of the
procedure calls for a certain amount of trial and error; you try a number in
one part ...

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New Intro to Log Properties
This went well. I had thought I'd do this via a desmos activity, and I even started to make the slides, but then decided to do it live in class with everyone totally in sync, because I wanted everyone to witness something at the same time. Here was the sequ...

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Why I Desmosified One of My Favourite Geogebras
I'm a certified GeoGebraphile, and have been for years. All that time, I kept hearing about Desmos, and thinking - it's lovely but I can do so much more with GeoGebra. But now that Desmos has introduced its Activity Builder, I'm torn between two dynamic geo...

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Sticky Points
A sticky point is a dot that stays in the right location on a Desmos (or GeoGebra) graph no matter how the sliders are moved. Why don't I just show you? It came out of my new and improved way of introducing my students to making their own Desmos/GeoGebras t...
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