"The first year of teaching is the toughest.” After making it through my first year as a high school math teacher, I have a much better understanding of why people always say this. There are so many challenges: adapting to a new environment, staying organized, learning curriculum, making professional connections,

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Every day in my class, students have about 10 minutes of story time. What grade level do I teach? At the mention of story time, many of you may picture a classroom full of individual carpet spaces with twenty small chairs and desks and even smaller students. But I'm not an elementary school teacher;

Giving students the opportunity to “see” how the parameters of a function affect its graph can be challenging for teachers. So is sitting with a student one-on-one as they solve or simplify multiple problems while other students await the same valuable time. But with the use of graphing, solving, and

Since numbers are its foundation, mathematics is commonly referred to as the one truly universal language. But do you see a difference in these equations? 1.000 + 1.000 = 2.000 1,000 + 1,000 = 2,000 Whether these two equations represent the same value could depend on where you are. That’s

Are you teaching that PEMDAS is flexible? Are your students equipped to handle that flexibility? You remember PEMDAS, right? It’s the acronym we use to help kids understand, or better yet remember, the order of operations. We’ve even added the catchy phrase Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally to assist

Year after year, teachers must meet the needs of a wide range of students. Often overlooked, however, are strategies to help English Language Learners (ELL), whose numbers are growing. From 2002-03 to 2012-13, the percentage of ELLs in U.S. public schools increased in all but 11 states. ELLs describe a

This article uses graphical techniques to visualize one of my favorite geometric objects: the surface of a three-dimensional torus. Along the way, this article demonstrates techniques that are useful for visualizing more mundane 3-D point clouds that arise in statistical data analysis. Define points on a torus A torus is

Data--that small four-letter word packs a mighty punch! Data is everywhere. Stores use it to determine how to advertise products, politicians use it to support their campaigns, and Google uses it to improve the search engine that may have brought you to this blog! Data is displayed in newspapers, brochures, billboards, as

Kicking off the new school year, you may be looking for ways to ease your students back into math. Here are a few ways that Curriculum Pathways can help. Math Stretch Need a fun, quick way for your students to develop their elementary math skills? Math Stretch provides activities targeting number

Last week I blogged about how to draw the Cantor function in SAS. The Cantor function is used in mathematics as a pathological example of a function that is constant almost everywhere yet somehow manages to "climb upwards," thus earning the nickname "the devil's staircase." The Cantor function has three

Are you teaching a lesson on parallel lines? What about a lesson on the interior and exterior angles of polygons? If so, our Geometry lessons are the perfect resources for you! We released our first one, Parallel Lines and Angles, this past fall. Since then, we've released four more. The lessons

One of my goals for 2016 is to become a blogger. I’m not a writer. I deal with numbers not words. So panic often sets in when I start to write. But then I realized that—panic or not-- I have to step out of my comfort zone if I want

Starting a new lesson and need a quick overview of the upcoming concepts? Or are you starting a new lesson and want students to quickly review prerequisite skills? Well, these 4-6 minute tutorials are just what you need. Why are some numbers rational and some irrational? That’s an important question

A moving average (also called a rolling average) is a statistical technique that is used to smooth a time series. Moving averages are used in finance, economics, and quality control. You can overlay a moving average curve on a time series to visualize how each value compares to a rolling

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” –Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice It is almost certainly a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s opening line from her great novel is one of the most

Recently I blogged about how to compute a weighted mean and showed that you can use a weighted mean to compute the center of mass for a system of N point masses in the plane. That led me to think about a related problem: computing the center of mass (called

As 2015 comes to a close, let's look back on the great year at SAS Curriculum Pathways. Again, we saw record-breaking new users, soaring student usage, and tons of app downloads. While we love all of our 1,500+ resources, here are the ones that teachers and students used the most in

Lo how a rose e'er blooming From tender stem hath sprung As I write this blog post, a radio station is playing Chrismas music. One of my favorite Christmas songs is the old German hymn that many of us know as "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming." I was humming

Throughout my 13 years of teaching, I heard this common theme time and time again from parents: How can I help? The troubles they professed were varied and numerous (e.g., concern, frustration, bewilderment). They often included the following: I don’t remember algebra. I don’t like math. The way math is taught now differs from

In the summer of 2012, we launched an Algebra 1 Course. That’s right, an entire standards-aligned course! And this resource is much more than a typical math textbook. PLUS, now it’s a cross-platform resource! Yes, you read that correctly, cross-platform. That means this resource can be used on the PC, iPad, and

Mobile is at the forefront of our edtech development here at SAS Curriculum Pathways—not simply because it's the hottest emerging hardware technology entering classrooms around the world, but because of the exciting possibilities it brings to traditional learning environments. We’ve known for years that simply dropping off hardware in the classroom

Solving equations and inequalities are essential skills in mathematics. And for many students, practicing is the key to success in solving. As students work on the concept of solving equations/inequalities at home, many think, "How will I know if I’m doing it right?" One answer is the Practice Solving Series,

In my article about finding an initial guess for root-finding algorithms, I stated that Newton's root-finding method "might not converge or might converge to a root that is far away from the root that you wanted to find." A reader wanted more information about that statement. I have previously shown

Have you ever seen a problem similar to this on social media sites? 5 - 1 x 0 + 3 ÷ 3 = ? Is the answer 1 or is it 6?* Or did you get something completely different? Here’s another example.

"Daddy, help! Help me! Come quick!" I heard my daughter's screams from the upstairs bathroom and bounded up the stairs two at a time. Was she hurt? Bleeding? Was the toilet overflowing? When I arrived in the doorway, she pointed at the wall and at the floor. The wall was

Equations that involve trigonometric functions can have infinitely many solutions. For example, the solution to the equation tan(θ)=1 is θ = π/4 + kπ, where k is any integer. In order to obtain a unique solution to the equation, we define the "arc" functions: inverse trigonometric functions that return a

Last week I was chatting with some mathematicians and I mentioned the blog post that I wrote last year on the distribution of Pythagorean triples. In my previous article, I showed that there is an algorithm that uses matrix multiplication to generate every primitive Pythagorean triple by starting with the

“Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there.” – Marcus du Sautoy. I agree, there IS beauty in mathematics, and I genuinely love math! Math is vital to everyday life from young kids learning

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Although it is a non-terminating, non-repeating number, the decimal approximation 3.14 and the fraction 22/7 are typically used to represent the irrational mathematical constant. The Greek letter π, was first used as the symbol for pi in 1706 by

The latest version of SAS Math Stretch includes several exciting new features! Designed to develop elementary math skills and number sense, this free app includes activities focused on counting, number relations and operations, and telling and manipulating time. Students can even calculate pi! The all new activities include Number Bonds and Largest