It's beginning to feel a lot like summer! Anyone else grateful for the rain we've been having here in Utah? I am! And not just because we need the water but because it helped keep my students from going wild this last week or two of school. I'm looking forward to summer, but I'm also that crazy kind of teacher who starts getting excited for the beginning of the next year before summer even hits. Here are a couple things I'm looking forward to using next year:

Make it Parallel

In the past, when I have taught parallel lines and transversals, I have always started by showing students two parallel lines and a transversal cutting them - and then from there we move to the converse to show that if all of the angle pair relationships are true, then the lines must be parallel. In this post, Jon Orr flips that idea on its head by asking students to create a third line that is parallel to one of the other two lines. Absolutely brilliant! I can't wait to try this with my students next year.

Silent Solutions

Dane Ehlert is doing some fantastic things with standards based grading, feedback, and grouping students according to their areas of need. Someday I am going to learn how to create and edit concept review videos for my students. Until then, I am so glad that people like Dane are willing to share theirs. Dane created a set of review videos for his students called Silent Solutions. Here's how he describes them:

"I created several silent solution videos as the first step toward responding to student progress (the idea came from Kyle Pearce and Cathy Yenca). The videos are short, silent and meant to be a quick how-to for students to learn from. I really like these because they’re straight to the point, and students can easily play them over and over without spending a ton of time."

Here's an example of one of these videos: