It’s almost the end of my summer vacation for 2020…. 2020, what a dumpster fire. The world was rocked first by … well, where do I even begin?! The fires in Australia, the worldwide spread of CoVid19, the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Flyod (just to name a few). These deaths reigniting theContinue reading “Math + Social Justice”

# Author Archives: Emily S.

## Conic, Parametric and Polar Equations. Oh, my!

At ISB, we let students skip ahead in math courses, trying to meet ability rather than age. However, we want them to be with their peers in the last two years of high school. In part because the IB is changing their mathematics courses for the DP (grade 11/12 courses) so we did not want themContinue reading “Conic, Parametric and Polar Equations. Oh, my!”

## Getting to know you…

My second year at ISB (2016-2017) was atypical. I didn’t start the school year until October as I’d been out on medical leave. I found that it took far longer than it ever had before to connect with those students. When I learned I’d be teaching most of them again the next year, I wasContinue reading “Getting to know you…”

## #TMC17 #MTBoS – What’s in a name?

I attended my first TMC – Twitter Math Camp, this year. And I learned so, so much. I loved every presentation I went to, every lunch I had with local teachers and being surrounded by mostly high school math teachers (which rarely happens for me at conferences!) But the thing I keep reflecting on withContinue reading “#TMC17 #MTBoS – What’s in a name?”

## IB Further Math Post 2

I got this email today: Dear Miss Sliman, I recently came across your Further Mathematics videos on YouTube, Discrete Mathematics particularly, and the videos help me a lot. Is there a link where I could download the notes from your videos? It inspired me to post my notes documents and link to my videos hereContinue reading “IB Further Math Post 2”

## Video Organization

I’ve been struggling with how to organize my notes and videos for the flipped classroom. Do you number chronologically? By unit? But what if you change the order of things the following school year (as we did this year)? Then everything has to be renumbered. And if you refer to the number in the video,Continue reading “Video Organization”

## IB Further Math

My school has recently begun to offer the IB Further Math course. For those of you unfamiliar with the IB program, there are generally 3 levels of courses. IB Mathematical Studies which is turning more and more into an applied “real world” math class. This is a class for students who generally are less successfulContinue reading “IB Further Math”

## First Day of School Report

30 minute classes are short, but felt like just about the right length for a first day. For my math studies courses which are smaller and mostly grade 11 students, I tried to learn everyone’s names and got them straight into the math. I made use of the 4Es document and basically combined all theContinue reading “First Day of School Report”

## First Day of School

It’s no secret that my teaching has been heavily influenced by what I’ve learned through Harvard’s Project Zero and a lot of the thinking I’ve done about how students think and learn. More and more I’ve come to regard the first day of class as setting the tone. The first day is an indicator ofContinue reading “First Day of School”

## 20 Questions, Answered

TeachThought.com has a list of 20 Questions every parent should ask the teacher(s) of their children. I’m not sure when a teacher would have time to answer all of these questions with parents, but I do think they are good questions. I also think they are a good way for me to reflect on my ownContinue reading “20 Questions, Answered”