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About napmath

I recently retired from full-time teaching. I taught students in High School math classes from Basic Math through AP Calculus. I have been into integrating technology into my classes since 1981. I am Nationally Board Certified, am the proud recipient of a Presidential Award of Excellence in Math Teaching, text book author, Golden Apple Scholar, Certified SMART Board Trainer, Regional Technology Teacher of the Year, and give workshops across the country - geometry, Common Core, mathematics, Interactive Whiteboards, and technology. I am currently working as an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University and authoring books for SMART Boards and Promethean Boards with Vision Technology. http://visionstechnology.com/

Teaching

The article  by Elona at https://elonaschreiner.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/the-one-reason-i-quit-teaching/ is very well written and could be so many of our stories including mine. The only difference – I had over 30 years of being able to connect and teach without the over use … Continue reading

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My New Favorite Calculus App!

I was a Calculus teacher for years and I was always looking for ways to provide better visualization of concepts for students.  I used  colored chalk on the chalkboard, hand-built models, Mathematica, Geometer’s Sketchpad, TI and HP graphing calculators, and … Continue reading

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Delicious Lessons in Calculus

I gave a Calculus workshop.  The conference was full of hands-on math workshops for teachers, mostly from the city of Chicago – amazing teachers! I was asked to give a hands-on workshop for pre-calculus/calculus teachers and immediately thought of volume … Continue reading

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Tellagami  – Think of the Possibilities….

While on Twitter I recently learned about the Tellagami App  and immediately I started thinking about how much fun it would be for students while allowing them to create ways to share their learning.  Formative and summative assessments might just … Continue reading

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Real Math + Students = Engagement

Students always ask, “When are we ever going to use math?”  They often say, “I don’t need math for the job I want.”  As teachers, we know that almost all jobs use math.  This assignment helped my students realize that math was everywhere and … Continue reading

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My Message to Parents about The MYTH of “I’m Bad at Math”

I just read, The Myth of “I’m Bad at Math”: Basic ability in the subject isn’t the product of good genes, but third work. By Miles Kimball and Noah Smith (Oct. 28, 2013) and it brought me back to a newsletter … Continue reading

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Twitterverse – You’ve changed my world!

It’s been 1 year since I’ve been actively using Twitter and made it a part of my PLN (Personal Learning Network).  Here’s what I’ve done to extend my PLN, keep learning, and start giving back to teachers and the teaching profession … Continue reading

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