# About

This is the blog of Nick Yates. I teach math and engineering at a public high school in Baltimore City, Maryland. I love to read, do math, celebrate pi (and pie), and work to make a better world.

Disclaimer: my thoughts and writings are my own; they do not reflect the opinions of my school or the Baltimore City Public School district.

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wondering about your efforts to teach paperless. I am on the board of an organization called Parent Network and we are researching the topic of paperless and online textbooks as a topic for a forum to school headmasters. Thanks.

Sorry I haven’t responded sooner. This comment was left during a dead period on my blog (I think I went 4-5 months without a new post). I definitely use less paper now than I used to in teaching. Probably a bit more this year than last when I was really into the paperless thing. I still strive to save paper when other alternatives are available, but the internet connection at school is getting slower and spottier, so I do find myself printing more.

Definitely check out http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/ as a much better resource on this topic.

Hi Nick,

Wondering if you’d be able to help us in developing some engineering films for students aged 11-16? Looking for someone to give us some curriculum advice, for no more than an hour, and we’d love to have your input if you’re interested?

You can see examples of the films we’ve made for Bio, Chem, Phys, Earth Sci at http://twig-it.com/twig-films

Really hope to hear back from you!

Jobina

Possibly. Developing video resources for engineering is definitely something I’m interested in. Just responded directly by e-mail.

Hi Nick,

I have been teaching PBL for several years now, and have developed numerous projects. I am a teacher at Highland Tech Charter in Anchorage, Alaska. Check out my blog at projectbasedmathteacher.blogspot.com. I would love to be able to swap ideas with you.

You would also do well to check out the Microsoft Partners in Learning Educators Forums. I just competed in the US IEF and earned First Place for Extended Learning. I head to the WorldWide forum next in Washington DC.

Thanks!

Jason

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Hi Nick,

I love your blog! I am struggling with developing project-based learning for my geometry class right now and I see a bunch of projects you have listed but I am wondering if you have any documents you can show me or examples. I was specifically interested in the triangles proof project. If you read this comment, would you mind emailing me? I would truly appreciate it!

Thanks,

Bethany

Glad to hear you like the blog (and apologies that my posts have been infrequent of late).

Most, though not all, of my projects I have posted to the document-sharing website Scribd. For example, my geometry folder is at: http://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/2295628 . Feel welcome to use and adapt any of the projects there (many of them I adapted from friends, colleagues, and other math teacher bloggers).

I’m not sure which of two projects you are referring to. I use a Pythagorean Theorem Proof Project, where students research & summarize one of hundreds of different proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. I also have the Triangle Construction Project, where students explore the physical manifestation of the triangle congruence theorems, by drawing/constructing triangles given certain side lengths and angle measurements.

I would love to hear of better ways to teach and consolidate the idea of proofs with students, because that is an area where students struggle every year. Let me know if you come up with another triangle proof project idea, or come across one elsewhere!

Best,

Nick Yates

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