That’s me. Reflecting in the patio door.

I’m Chris Hunter. Former and future secondary math teacher. Current K–12 Numeracy Helping Teacher. School District No. 36 (Surrey).

7 thoughts on “Aboat

  1. Maybe it’s time for me to write a real About page. Surrey is about 35 km southeast of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Thanks for commenting – I’ve been enjoying your blog too.

  2. Chris, did we meet at NWMC last fall? Your profile pic looks really familiar… if we didn’t, then I should definitely come visit — any excuse to get to the Pacific Northwest!

  3. Patrick, I attended your breakfast keynote – a lot of fun, by the way – but I don’t think we spoke. Pretty impressive if you remember my face from the crowd. The next NWMC is in Whistler in 2015, if you’re wanting to visit BC. Maybe I’ll bump into you at NCTM NOLA?

  4. Hey Chris,

    Hope you’re having a great day!

    I’m doing an expert roundup on my site and I think many new Math teachers using education technology products in their classroom like me would love to know your answer to this question :

    If you could only use 3 Education technology tools/apps/sites for your teaching which 3 tools would you choose? e.g. WolframAlpha, KhanAcademy and Inside Mathematics.

    Thanks in advance!

    As soon as I’m done compiling the results, I would inform and link back to your blog.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Ishan,

      I usually flip this question back on the asker: “What are the edtech goals of your math classroom?” Or better, leave out “edtech” in this question.

      But I’ll play along.

      In my classroom, I’d want students to collaborate to solve problems and then share their solutions during a class discussion. So, a document camera (or similar iPad setup) would be edtech tool #1.

      Also, I’m interested in students communicating their learning. So, edtech tool/app/site 2 of 3 would be a virtual whiteboard app such as Explain Everything. This allows students to write on a blank whiteboard or mark up a photo/screenshot while giving narration. Creation, not consumption. To be clear: I’m not talking about step-by-step how-to videos aping procedures provided in class (see KA), but real examples of mathematical thinking/problem-solving. See this post: https://reflectionsinthewhy.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/less-play-by-play-more-colour-commentary/.

      There’s nothing uniquely mathy about my first two choices, so let me include Desmos as edtech thing #3 for your new math teachers. Using this free, intuitive online graphing calculator (also available as an iPad app), students can predict, decide which function best models data, ask “what if…?” questions, etc. The assumption is that this is a classroom that values having students themselves do the interesting work of mathematical modelling. I’d encourage new math teachers to explore their classroom activities page: https://teacher.desmos.com/.

      Finally, I’d recommend your new math teachers check out Michael Fenton’s Ignite! talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_aq2wUuoRk


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