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## New BuzzMath Document – Absolute Value

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) The new Absolute Value document begins with a quick visual of two girls walking on a number line followed by the related standard notation to get students understanding the concept and notation of absolute value. Selection and ordering questions further test students’ understanding of the concepts. The […]

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## New BuzzMath Document – Integer Addition Using a Chip Model

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) For an alternative to the number line model, try our new Integer Addition Using a Chip Model document that has students representing sums of positive and negative integers with marked chips. The document begins by introducing the addition of two negative integers through students’ familiarity with addition […]

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## New BuzzMath Document – Adding Negative Integers Using a Number Line

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) In the document Adding Negative Integers Using a Number Line, students use their familiarity with a number line to observe that adding two negative integers always results in a negative sum and this sum is located further to the left on the number line than the addends. […]

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## New BuzzMath Document – Introduction to Slope

(Algebra > Relations & Functions > Functions) One of the more difficult concepts for teachers to teach and for students to grasp is linear equations. To begin, students must understand slope. Since most students already understand “steepness” you can stress that slope is the measure of the steepness of a line. You can later discuss rate of change, after they […]

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## New BuzzMath Document – Distance Between Points on a Coordinate Plane

(Geometry > Coordinate Geometry > Distance) I’ve seen it happen, more than once. A student working in the coordinate plane marks a diagonal segment of length  units with the belief it is 1 unit in length. When I try to correct this misconception, the student stares at me blankly while I proceed through various explanations. And at the end of […]

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## Teacher’s Tip of the Month: Introducing your students to BuzzMath

You’ve signed up for BuzzMath and received your class activation codes. Now what? Should you send the students to the lab to work on a teacher assigned lesson or just let them explore the website on their own? When it comes to introducing new tools, sometimes it can be hard to decide the best approach. Here are some suggestions for […]

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## New BuzzMath Document – Integer Subtraction by Adding the Opposite

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) Success with integer addition can easily translate into success with integer subtraction! In Integer Subtraction by Adding the Opposite, students rewrite each subtraction expression as an equivalent addition expression. Then they apply their knowledge of integer addition to find the solution. Since the first four pages focus […]

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## Discover BuzzMath at NMSA Annual Conference in Baltimore!

On November 4th, teachers and administrators can be involved in BuzzMath firsthand as they join former middle school math teacher, Bonnie Spence and the Scolab crew in an interactive workshop at this year’s NMSA annual conference. The 75 minute workshop, entitled “What’s All the Buzz About?” will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday November 4th, in room 327. Much more […]

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## BuzzMath 1.34 – Individualized assignment and reporting

We updated BuzzMath.com to Version 1.34 on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010. Note: previous release 1.33 was done on September 7th, 2010 and was not newsworthy. We mainly worked on enhancing our editorial side. Differentiating for student learning is important and so teachers now have the option of sending individualized assignments in BuzzMath. The process is the similar to sending an assignment […]

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## Teacher’s Tip of the Month: This year, cut down on the time you spend reviewing math

At the start of this school year, you may want to spend some time reviewing foundational concepts, but you may not want to spend too much time doing so. You also know that some students need only a minimal review (if any at all), while others need to re-learn the material. So how do you accommodate all the different needs […]

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## BuzzMath in Baltimore! We will be at the NCTM Regional (October 14–15) and at the NMSA 2010 (November 4–6)

We will be at the NCTM Regional Conference and Exposition in Baltimore, MD (October 14–15). Visit us at booth #913 and meet Carl, Jean-Philippe, Steve and Tom from the BuzzMath team. We will also be at the NMSA 2010 Annual Conference & Exhibit, in Baltimore, MD (November 4–6). Visit us at booth #244 and you will also meet Bonnie! Get […]

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## New BuzzMath Document – Investigating Patterns of Integer Multiplication and Division

(Middle School > Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Multiplication and Division> Integers) Integer multiplication and division are not hard to teach. We can tell our students the rules and for the most part, they can apply those rules. But wait! Do they know why these “magical” rules exist? Is a negative times a negative positive only because […]

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## New BuzzMath Document – Adding Integers with and without a Number Line

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) Once students have mastered the use of a number line to add integers, it’s time to begin working towards meaningful algorithms. I really like how Adding Integers With and Without a Number Line progresses naturally from students’ experience with a number line to generalizing what is happening […]

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## New BuzzMath Document – Adding Negative and Positive Integers Using a Number Line

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) The interactive number line tool in Adding a Negative and a Positive Integer Using a Number Line is ideal for students’ first experience with adding integers of different signs. As students drag an arrow from an initial location to the final sum, they learn to associate adding […]

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## BuzzMath 1.32 – 3 New Documents, Improved Cartesian Plane, Improved MySubscription, Live Chat Experiment

We updated BuzzMath.com to Version 1.32 on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. What’s New Three new documents are in town! Bonnie worked hard on these: Adding a Negative and a Positive Integer Using a Number Line Adding Integers With and Without a Number Line Investigating Patterns of Integer Multiplication and Division What’s Better Steve improved the Cartesian Plane with new graphics. […]

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## BuzzMath 1.31 – Parents can now see past receipts + it’s easy to cancel!

We updated BuzzMath.com to Version 1.31 on Monday, August 2nd, 2010. What’s New Parents can now see their past receipts and easily cancel their accounts. What’s Better We added a lot of new illustrations. Yahoo!