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Happy Pi Day!

How could a blog devoted to all things math not have a post on Pi Day?  Truthfully, I had big plans for today . . . starting with the Pi Day cookies I wanted to bake and bring to work:

This is as far as I got making Pi cookies for today.

This is as far as I got making Pi cookies for today.

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Honestly though, I’ve been running around like a crazy woman these last few weeks and just didn’t have enough time to get my self together to have a meaningful Pi Post today!  It seems as though the day as been jinxed.  You saw how well my Pi cookies turned out, then I went to the store to buy a pie to bring to work and they didn’t have any!  My husband did come through for me though and snagged this awesome Pi shirt from his junior high school (Thanks awesome junior high teacher!).

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Since I don’t have a great Pi Day post for you today, I thought I’d round up some of my favorite Pi activities from around the web . . . former students of mine will know some of these activities well 🙂

A great Pi Day cartoon:

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Pi set to music.  ( know there are lots of these around the web, but I have found this one to be the best!)

The argument for Tau Day (with two pies . . . I’m in!)

My favorite activity to do with students on Pi Day . . . although I’ve heavily adapted it!

Happy Pi Day one and all!  I’m off to round up some pie for lunch 🙂

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Math for High Ability Learners–at the University of Iowa

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m teaching Math for High Ability Learners, a 3 week virtual workshop offered at the University of Iowa beginning January 21.  The workshop is worth 1-hour of graduate or undergraduate credit from the University of Iowa.

To register for the course click here.

The focus of the course will be designing mathematics lessons to meet the needs of both the typical and the high-ability learners in K-12 mathematics classrooms.

To get a better idea of the coursework here’s the syllabus:

MHAL Spring 14–Syllabus.

I hope you’ll join me!

 

Staying Motivated in Online AP Courses

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The Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) allows Iowa students to take APTM classes online.  IOAPA is especially meant for rural schools that do not have the resources to support APTM classes.  Educators can learn more at www.belinblank.org/ioapa

There is no getting around it—online APTM courses can be difficult to complete.  This can be especially true for students whose drive dwindles during the semester.  With that in mind, how can IOAPA students boost their motivation?

Create a realistic schedule

Given that IOAPA students must structure study time more so than students who take classroom-based courses, it is crucial that they create realistic work schedules.  A mistake commonly made by teenagers and adults alike is to assume tasks take a shorter time to complete than they actually do.  Students should thus plan sufficient time for each course assignment.  Furthermore, they must recognize when to say no to activities…

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I’m An IOAPA Mentor…Now What?

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The Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) allows Iowa students to take AP classes online.  IOAPA is especially meant for rural schools that do not have the resources to provide AP classes.  Educators can learn more at www.belinblank.org/ioapa

IOAPA: Mentoring Students Enrolled in Online Courses

Mentors for online APTM courses through Apex Learning help high school students make the most out of these challenging educational experiences. In approaching a mentoring role, you may ask yourself: What can I do to best support my students?

Mentor Responsibilities

Mentors are expected to meet daily with students, review student progress, and proctor exams. They provide frequent encouragement and assist students in learning content. Although mentors can connect students with content experts when students need instructional assistance, it is most beneficial to the student if the mentor teaches in the content area of the student’s course (e.g., a student enrolled in an…

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