Author Archives: sherioffy

About sherioffy

I am a teacher. I am attempting to persuade today's youth that mathematics is both beautiful and satisfying. I'll keep you posted about the progress of my endeavors. So far, no one is buying it ;)

Tech inside the classroom vs. outside the classroom

In my Honors Geometry class, when I ask my students the definition of a word, the students begrudgingly look in the appendix of their text for the 1991 explanation of the unknown word.  In the hallway, minutes later, the same … Continue reading

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Only half the story…

So, with this blog having less posts than parent teacher conferences I have had this year alone, I feel that there is a bit of back story that could lend itself to possible future posts. In an effort to not … Continue reading

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Student-Chosen Curriculum

I fought to introduce a new course to our curriculum this year – one that I taught years ago at a similar school in Los Angeles.  We called it Topics in Mathematics and “sold it” as a liberal arts math class … Continue reading

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Blog attempt: Take 2

I’m two months into trying to become a “connected learner“, and tweeting, blogging, and 21st century teaching , in general, are all goals that I am currently trying to cram into my ever-shrinking free time.  So here goes Round 2 of … Continue reading

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Playing with Dough

While at my most recent conference in Grapevine, Texas, the last day of sessions was clearly filled with the “less popular” topics.  I had an afternoon scheduled with “Problem-Solving with Chess” talks and two sessions with NASA Engineers focusing on … Continue reading

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Geometry Makeover

For the 7 years that I have been teaching, I have been a lecture-based teacher.  I’ll admit, I think I’m the funniest person I know, so I toss in a bit of humor and I figure it can’t be that … Continue reading

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Peaceful Space = Better Teaching?

My first faculty meeting of the year, my first year teaching, started off with a joke about the fact that a teacher’s fully and elaborately decorated bulletin board was as important as the content the teacher covered in the course. … Continue reading

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