About Jennifer Wilson

I have been an educator for 24 years, spending 20 of those years teaching and learning mathematics with students at Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Mississippi. My current course load includes Advanced Placement Calculus and Geometry, and I spend the rest of my time working as a Curriculum Specialist with the Rankin County School District.

My students and I enter into a community of learning together at the beginning of each school year. While it is our tangible goal to study the measure of the earth (geometry) or change in motion (calculus), our intangible goal is to enter into the practice of learning. While my students enjoy my class because I help them develop and understand algorithms, theorems, and concepts using appropriate technology and infinite patience, I also seek to help students understand how to recognize patterns by themselves as they learn to live responsibly, diagnose problems, and defend justice on their own.


17 responses to “About Jennifer Wilson

  1. Elaine Watson

    October 2, 2012 at 1:04 am


    Is the polling software you use part of TI Inspire or it is another software?


    • jwilson828

      October 2, 2012 at 1:35 am

      Hi, Elaine.

      I use the TI-Nspire Navigator system, so the Quick Poll option is part of my TI-Nspire Navigator Teacher software. “Plain” TI-Nspire Teacher software (no Navigator) does not have the Quick Poll option, although you can include questions in the TI-Nspire documents and have students answer the questions using a different learner response system or even just small whiteboards. Before I got the TI-Nspire Navigator system, I used Promethean ActiVotes for polling my students.

      Let me know if you have any additional questions.


  2. Elaine Watson

    October 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Jennifer, Thanks for your reply. I’ll check out the Promethean ActiVotes!


  3. Dan Thomander

    October 20, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Jennifer – thanks for sharing the letter game. I’m going to use it this upcoming week. I’ve long tried to create something similar, but haven’t had success. I think my rules were overly complicated. I really like the simplicity of what you’ve put here. Thanks again!

    • jwilson828

      October 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Hi, Dan. I’m glad it is helpful. Have a good week with your students!

  4. Kim Zeydel

    February 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    I like what you have done here and your evaluation of the student work. May I use this for the Virtual Library we are setting up in Idaho on formative assessment? If so I will need your email address so I can send you a form that gives me permission to use your work.

    It is amazing how our students do not see changes in length and lack of critical thinking as they solve non traditional problems.

  5. Jake Byrnes

    February 12, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Help us promote math education with the Math Video Challenge!

    Dear Jennifer,

    As a proponent of math education in the United States, we need your help to promote our nationwide math competition by blogging or posting about it on your blog/forum.

    As you probably already know, despite the fact that the US spends the most money on education per capita, our students are ranked 25th globally for math proficiency. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving that statistic. MATHCOUNTS’ third annual “ Math Video Challenge” is a math competition for 6th to 8th graders that encourages student innovation as they create and star in their own math videos, thus exciting them to pursue higher education in math.

    As the webmaster of Easing The Hurry Syndrome, we are asking you to help support this effort by mentioning us in your next blog or forum post or promoting our logo with a link to the site. So far this contest has gathered over 500 submissions and millions of views on the videos. Our goal this year is this year is to do even better. With your help, we are confident we will reach this goal.

    For more information on MATHCOUNTS or the Math Video Challenge, visit our webpages at and



  6. ilikemathyoudont

    May 28, 2014 at 3:51 am

    What a tiny world. I was never in any of your classes, but I was certainly a student at NWR. Graduated ’05!

    • jwilson828

      May 28, 2014 at 5:44 am

      Yes! It is a tiny world. I am glad to hear from an NWRHS graduate and hope that you are well!

  7. Amy

    April 13, 2015 at 7:57 am


    I attended a conference last week at Easter Illinois University and I would like a copy of the resources that you presented. I attended both sessions that you presented. I am particularly interested in the math practice standards presentation you showed. Could you share this with me? All resources you are willing to share are welcome. Really enjoyed your sessions.

  8. Kim

    April 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I love the quick poll options, but have never had great success with students being able to enter intervals using ( ], [ ), etc. Will you share the direction you give to students or the set up for the quick poll?


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