Ryan also reminded us about the power and importance of anticipatory sets and the role of writing in them.
He shared a lesson that included Rene Descartes and his invention of the coordinate grid system. The students write for reflection and understanding before and after the "math" part of the lesson.
I also learned from Ryan that only Myanmar and Liberia join the USA in refraining from using the metric system. Who knew?
Though I said that great teaching isn't always tech dependent, I'm going to get Ryan to use class blogs to further their writing. He's already on board. Exciting things are ahead.