2019-11-11:
**Curve Sketch Hunt**
Around the time we finish curve sketching in AB Calculus, I have an activity where kids go on a …

2019-11-04:
**Ellipse Equations Motivation**
Tried something new in College Algebra, working with ellipses in their two formats. One in which the …

2019-11-04:
**Ellipse Equations Part 1**
Expanding these equations builds on a number of skills students already possess. They can expand a …

2019-11-04:
**Ellipse Equations Part 2**
Our result is something very alien. A multivariable equation that graphing tells us is our ellipse, …

2019-11-04:
**Ellipse Equations Part 3**
With a known format in mind, students can recognize not only what the “missing” term in …

2019-10-23:
**Calculus with Tables**
Relationships between a function, its first derivative, and second derivative is the entirety of …

2019-10-03:
**Promote Your Program**
If you’re new here, long ago when I started teaching Calculus we had a morale problem. Prior …

2019-10-01:
**Push Push Push**
General matra for teaching: this year’s students would think that previous year’s …

2019-09-21:
**Flood**
Flash floods are pretty common around here. We live in reclaimed swamp land not very high above sea …

2019-09-15:
**Teach Like 2012**
Long ago I had really big classes. To improve the livability of my classroom I created six tables …

2019-09-12:
**They Remember**
If you have an agreeable teaching situation, I highly recommend staying there as long as possible. …

2019-09-02:
**Skip the Politeness**
We just ended week three. I have a simple goal for my classroom: kids relaxed, having conversations …

2019-09-02:
**Handwritten Charm**
A brilliant little addition to my workflow has been an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Notability. From …

2019-08-24:
**Astropad**
My classroom is a little lavish, built a piece at a time over many many years. Students are grouped …

2019-08-17:
**IGNITE 2019 - Varsity Math**
Earlier this year, I was invited to deliver an IGNITE at the annual Texas math teachers conference, …

2019-08-11:
**The Great Downsize**
More class size trends. My classroom holds 36 comfortably, but at the moment it’ll never be at …

2019-08-07:
**Cynicism**
I heavily avoid negative things in public spaces but sometimes, geez. I was just not feeling it. It …

2019-07-30:
**Fill for Time**
My first couple of summers I really loved all the free time. Then like 5-6 years ago I found it more …

2019-07-23:
**Random Policies**
New school years always drive a lot of thought. Practices to reconsider or thinking about what makes …

2019-07-17:
**My Favorite 2019**
Rarely do we get to say our school is the best at something. But I would argue at great length that …

2019-07-16:
**FRQ without Numbers**
Working with free response questions is incredibly challenging. There’s not always the time …

2019-07-05:
**Flat Line**
AP score day, year 5. Things are…not great. In general, AB kids don’t pass and struggle …

2019-07-02:
**Demographics**
I’m giving an IGNITE in a week. It’s going to be a mix of things, but part of it relates …

2019-07-01:
**My Dumb Twitter Name**
You ever look at my twitter name and go “uh, what now?”
Long story short. I registered a …

2019-07-01:
**Nerd Street**
Welcome nerds. You write for eight years and you accumulate some technical debt. In the first decade …