This semester I decided that I wanted to organize all of the resources that I've found on the Internet onto Mind Maps for my Calculus, Algebra, and Statistics classes.  There was just too much that I wanted to tell my students about every semester that it started to become too overwhelming to repost the links on my LMS every semester (my courses don't ever seem to copy very well from semester to semester).  The results are below.  Feel free to share with everyone. For the calculus map, bit.ly/calcmap For the algebra map, bit.ly/algebramap For the statistics map, bit.ly/statmap
These are some MindMaps that were created by some of my former students in a Pre-Algebra course.Football Coaching VS. Math - Juan's MindMap Algebra - Betty's MindMapAddition - Porche's MindMap Math OverView - Shaniqua's MindMapWhole Numbers - Holly's MindMap Basic Math Help - Matt's MindMapIntegers - Rico's MindMap Positive & Negative Numbers - Jamal's MindMapAlgebra - Jaron's MindMap Income - Aaron's MindMap
I learned a lot from the class that I took on Online Learning and Teaching this semester.  We used the book Understanding by Design by Wiggins and McTighe.  This course has revolutionized the entire way that I think about teaching and learning.  As of late, when planning lessons, I keep finding myself needing to list the big idea, the misconceptions, and the essential questions.  I've also found this to be a good way to organize my own learning.  This book is truly a great read. As part of this course, we had to design a demo course using the ideas in…
I really hope that you find this useful:http://blog.mindomo.com/2011/02/guest-post-mr-oaks-the-math-teacher.html
First of all, congratulations to Maria Andersen for winning the Mindomo MindMap of the Week.  Now, let's document my journey over the next 30 minutes or so after I started hunting around the Play and Learn Mind Map.  And this is truly interesting, as it might show you exactly how I think sometimes. I started with the Play and Learn Mind Map, which led me to the Playing to Learn Math Mind Map (Also by Maria Andersen). I noticed that the Playing to Learn Math Mind Map (a work in progress) did not have any links to games about logarithms (although there…
Here's a recap of the links that I've posted on Twitter over the past week or so: 1.  A friend told me that she used this Divisibility Rocks game from over at The Utah Education Network with her Developmental Math students and that it worked really well.  It turns out that they have plenty of other great lesson plans as well. 2.  Z-Type is a very intense typing game.  It turns out that as a Math Instructor, I do have to teach typing, computer, and writing skills as well.  For example:  One student told me just today that he couldn't write…
Here is the most recent set of helpful resources that I have sort of stumbled upon out of well over 200 hundred that I've looked at today: 1.  Broad Texter - This is a service that allows you to create a group so that your students can join so that they can receive text messages from you.  In fact, I've set up one for my students that I hope to use in the near future.  Feel free to sign up at the top of the page if you're so inclined. 2.  Smart Teaching Blog - My biggest advice when looking at…
This semester I'm taking a class on Online Teaching and Learning (IST 670) at Oakland University.  It's a new class, so the instructor is developing the syllabus around our interests.  Wednesday was our first class.  During the discussion we talked about creating a database in MOODLE so that students could organize their thoughts and then search for them later.  But to me, I've never really warmed up to the idea of a database.  I mean, it's nice to have something that's searchable and student created.  But the whole time I was sitting there listening, I was constantly reminded about a…