Analog Clocks and Teaching Angles

Do you teach students how to measure angles? Here’s an awesome little trick to make it much easier for the kids. Analog clocks can serve as a simple measurement estimation tool. Each number on a clock represents exactly 30 degrees. Teach your kids to draw angles that approximate the hands on a clock.

For example, tell them to draw an angle that measures 120 degrees. Most students from the 4th grade and up can multiply 30’s since it’s just like multiplying by 3’s. So to draw an angle that measures 120 degrees, the student would count by 30’s (30, 60, 90, 120.) 30 times 4 is 120 so the students draw a hand pointing at an imaginary 12 and an imaginary 4 and VOILA!

I’ve been teaching kids to use protractors for years. It’s so challenging for them. When I tried the clock trick, my kids picked it up like *THAT!* Of course it takes a bit of practice. And your students will probably master it a bit quicker if they are able to see each other’s work. You may want to practice skip counting by 30’s before asking the students to draw angles.

Once the kids get good at drawing the angles, it will be much easier for them to flip it around and measure angles that are already drawn. They will first look at the angle and ask themselves how this would look on a clock.

Have fun!

The Bedley Bros Ep 40: Jamie Ewing

On this week’s show, Scott and I welcome Jamie Ewing, a 5th grade Google Certified teacher from Washington. Jamie shares ideas to innovate in the classroom: coding, Common Core, and integrating science. You will be inspired and ready to try something innovative after watching this engaging interview with Jamie Ewing.

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Scratch Coding Site

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 34: David Theriault & Sean Ziebarth

Sean Ziebarth and David Theriault are high school teachers on a mission. They are connected to other educators on social media and believe in engaging their students in outside the box activities. Tune in to this special Halloween episode as David, Sean, Scott and I discuss topics like blogging, music, and student centered education. This is probably our zaniest show yet. Enjoy!

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Movember

David’s Blog

Engage NY Common Core Materials

The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 32: Dave Burgess

Ahoy! Dave Burgess is the author of the ridiculously popular book Teach Like a Pirate. On today’s show he takes us beyond the pages of his book and challenges us to take student engagement to another level. This episode isn’t for ye land lubbers, so proceed with caution. Aye aye!

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Dave’s Website

Teach Like a Pirate on Amazon

Chronicles of Narnia as Free Audio Books

The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep. 28: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis has so many ideas for the classroom, it will make your head spin! In this episode of the Bedley Bros EdChat, Scott and I are caught in a whirlwind of amazing teaching tips provided by the Cool Cat Teacher. Vicki is a tech teacher in Georgia who is on the cutting edge of effective classroom pedagogy. She is the co-founder of the Flat Classroom and an award-winning blogger. So what did we talk to Vicki about? Whew! Where to start? Just be ready to take some notes.

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Visit Vicki’s Website

Read Vicki’s blog post “10 Ways to be a Terrible Teacher”

Noodle Tools

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The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep. 26: Catlin Tucker

In the latest episode of the Bedley Bros EdChat, Scott and I learn more about blended learning from one of education’s foremost experts on the subject, Catlin Tucker. Catlin was one of the keynote speakers at last year’s CUE conference in Palm Springs. Catlin will challenge your view of what education should look like. Do your students back channel? Tune in and learn more.

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Catlin’s Website

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The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep 25: The Two Sisters

Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, real life sisters, are the authors of one of the most popular books for teachers over the past several years, The Daily 5. The Two Sisters impact on teachers reaching well beyond just language arts instruction, but also into classroom management and character development. Scott and Tim engage in a lively discussion with these two down-to-earth powerhouse educators about topics like investing in kids, misconceptions about the Daily 5, and developing student skills to support the common core standards.

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The Daily Cafe

The Two Sisters

The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 24: Susan Cain

Join my brother Scott and me as we speak with author Susan Cain. Susan shares how educators and parents can impact their classrooms for those students who may be introverted. Susan talks about best practices that you may want to consider offering as you plan for your school year. Listen to this powerful discussion about introversion in the classroom on The Bedley Brothers EdChat episode 24.

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The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep. 23: Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller is probably the most famous librarian on the planet. Shannon is an author, teacher, tech guru, and more. Join my brother Scott and me as we learn from the amazing Shannon Miller!

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