TMC18 – My Favorites

TMC18 – My Favorites

Recaps from Twitter Math Camp, 2018 Edition! Speakers will share some of their favorite moments from TMC2018. Presented by Megan Arnold, Jodie Bailey, Jason Kissel and Molly Rawding.

Hosted by: Leigh Nataro

Watch the full presentation at:https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Implementing-Effective-Mathematics-Teaching-Practices

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Presented on August 7, 2018

 

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TMC18 – My Favorites
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Recaps from Twitter Math Camp, 2018 Edition! Speakers will share some of their favorite moments from TMC2018.

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Back to School with #ObserveMe
 

It’s that time when some teachers are counting down the single-digit days when students darken the door of the school building once again, I have been thinking about my own back-to-school ideas and traditions.  As an instructional coach, my start of school looks much different now-a-days.  This is the time of year when I plan my pitch to convince both new and returning teachers to let me come into their classrooms to observe, model, or co-teach a lesson. I am fully aware how uncomfortable this makes some teachers. I also know that not every school is fortunate to have some version of a math instructional coach.  That is why I was so excited when I saw this tweet from Matt Vaudrey:


 

Matt was responding to Jennifer Gonzalez’s tweet of this article that she wrote in 2013 called “Open Your Door: Why We Need to See Each Other Teach.”  Great post if you have not read it yet or if it’s been a while. Well this reminded Matt of an idea Robert Kaplinsky had written about here in 2016.  This whole idea started as a call to action where he challenged teachers to post a sign inviting other teachers into his/her classroom to observe certain things that he/she would want actionable feedback regarding. Then he/she would take a picture of the sign and post it to twitter using the hashtag #ObserveMe.  Well, if you search that hashtag you will quickly see how it has exploded into a fantastic movement.  And it’s not perfect. Some teachers were finding that other teachers were too nice or weren’t giving specific feedback. Others found that no one would even come observe. So Robert wrote this follow-up post about troubleshooting #ObserveMe.
 
So how about you? Do you have someone who can come into your classroom and give you non-evaluative feedback on your practice? Have you tried #ObserveMe?  Find me on twitter (@cutefoundbutton) to voice ideas, concerns, comments, or questions about being observed informally.

Written by Amber Thienel (@cutefoundbutton)

First Day Problems
 

Here are some things you could do on the first day of class:

  • Set up rules and regulations
  • Review number facts
  • Hand our rulers and calculators 

Or:

Begin to set up that amazing culture of math talk, of problem-solving, of collaboration, and most of all, of thinking.
 
I used to do “rules and regulations”, and then I realized I could do “first day problems”. There’s no going back. Begin “in media res” with mathematics, and reap the benefits.

Do you have a classic problem you use on the very first day of class to inspire thinking, reasoning, wondering, and play in mathematics?  Let’s get a collection going!
 
Respond on Twitter with your ideas for #FirstDayProblems and/or come see what others are sharing!
 

Written by Matthew Oldridge (@MatthewOldridge)

First Day, First Week / Old and New
 

I’ll be transitioning, after twelve years, from teaching middle to high school.  The words of advice I have received from the MTBoS are: keep my cool, remember they are still kids, keep the same high expectations (nothing magical happens during the summer between 8th and 9th grade {usually}).  Therefore I have been keen on reading posts to remind me of norms and values.  You may have seen Sara VanDerWerf’s post last year about first day / week activities.  I had the pleasure of meeting Sara at a #PCMIWeekend this past February and she assured me it was okay to present her ideas (even with her in the audience!).  The idea that resonated with me the most is NAME TENTS.  

My students were so engaged with this as their exit ticket, they continued to ask when they could do it again… I soon realized NOT to use this activity with all courses simultaneously, but to stagger them so I could keep my response rate up and then continued using them throughout the year.  Essentially, students can write about mathematics or otherwise, and you *the teacher* respond to each individual student.  This activity changed my classroom from an authoritarian environment to one of community. 
 
If the above is old news, this is even older!  Celebrating 30 years is the game 24! Invented in 1988, each double sided card has four single digit numbers, students are encouraged to use basic operations and all four of the numbers once to get the answer 24.  Not too old to have a twitter feed, the folks at 24 helped Chris Bolognese (aka @EulersNephew) clear up how cards are classified into their three tiers of difficulty with this possible 20 minute card:

Chris used this card as an opener to an @MathTeachCircle, I use 24 cards whenever a lesson goes unexpectedly short.  I ask students to think individually how to make 24 then they go to the white board to show their solutions.  Before showing the next card I always ask, “Does any one have a different way?”  This elicits many conversations/reviews of mathematical properties.
 

Enjoy your first weeks back!  Remember to enjoy the journey and have mathematical “fun.”
 

Written by Diana McClean (@teachMcClean)

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Exploring Black Feminist Math Pedagogy As Intersectional Intervention

Dr. Nicole Joseph introduces a new developing idea related to Black women and girls and mathematics achievement. Specifically, she unpacks a new intersectional intervention that she has coined Black Feminist Mathematics Pedagogy or BlackFMP. BlackFMP is a Black women or girl-centered approach to mathematics teaching in which her intersectional identities are identified, acknowledged and nurtured to promote critical consciousness, robust mathematics identities and high levels of mathematics achievement. Participants use BlackFMP to explore and think though an example.
Hosted by: Sheila Orr
Watch the full presentation at:https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Exploring-Black-Feminist-Math-Pedagogy-as-Intersectional-Intervention

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Presented on December 12, 2017

What Comes Next: The Creative Power Of Visual Patterns

Visual patterns offer a rich context for making meaningful connections between representations. Come learn best practices for facilitating class discussions around these delightfully engaging visual prompts. We’ll do some math, discuss some pedagogy, and close with a series of questions that put a creative spin on these tried-and-true tasks. Presented by Michael Fenton.
Hosted by: S. Leigh Nataro
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Presented on November 28, 2017

Building Meaningful And Effective Stem Projects

Once students step beyond the walls of the school, they rarely tackle challenges with clear labels like “Math” and “Science.” Working to craft curriculum that integrates work across multiple disciplines and focuses students on products with visible impact will help prepare them better for the demands of the 21st century workforce, while also pushing them to more robust higher order thinking in discipline-specific academic contexts. Building such a curriculum can be an overwhelming task, but this webinar will offer you easy inroads and strategies to build projects from the ground up. Learn how to identify collaborators, coordinate schedules, correlate projects with existing standards, and much more! Presented by Zach Strother.
Hosted by: Zach Strother
Watch the full presentation at:https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Building-Meaningful-and-Effective-STEM-Projects

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Presented on October 24, 2017

Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices

This webinar will focus on the eight effective mathematics teaching practices identified in Principles to Actions (NCTM 2014) and engage participants in a subset of actvities from the new Taking Action series. Presented by Peg Smith.
Hosted by: Peg Smith
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Presented on October 10, 2017

Unlocking The Hidden Mathematics In Video Games

What can IPhone games teach us about economics? What can LittleBigPlanet teach us about reforming our voting systems? What can The Sims teach us about our relationships? When you’re playing games, mathematics probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. But there’s rich mathematical thinking in many of the most popular games games, even those that aren’t explicitly billed as educational. In this talk, we’ll play some games, learn about some others, and explore examples of mathematics in games that don’t typically come to mind when thinking about education.
Hosted by: Matt Lane
Watch the full presentation at:https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Unlocking-the-Hidden-Mathematics-in-Video-Games

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Presented on October 3, 2017

What’s New At Desmos?

In the past few months, many awesome new features from Desmos have been revealed. Join this webinar to hear from the Desmos staff and fellows about some of the changes. The new teacher dashboard and geometry tools will be displayed, in addition to much more!
Hosted by: Paula Torres
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Presented on September 19, 2017

Finding The Joy In Math While Improving Student Learning – Sheila Orr and Matthew Beyranevand

Mathematics teachers are burdened with initiatives and responsibilities that can take away from everyone’s love of math. Come learn about using appropriate tools strategically to find creative ways to help your students at all levels increase their engagement in learning mathematics. Examining planning, pedagogy, assessment, and relationships, we will work together to find the joy in mathematics. Presented by Sheila Orr and Matthew Beyranevand.
Hosted by: Sheila Orr
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Presented on September 12, 2017

Framing Mathematics Instruction With The TQE Process – Thomasenia Lott Adams

Attendees will be introduced to the TQE process and how it can be used to frame mathematics instruction with (1) TASKS that promote thinking, prompt discourse, and reveal misconceptions, (2) QUESTIONS that advance understanding and uncover errors, and (3) EVIDENCE that inform formative assessment. The session will be supported by a shared image of mathematics instruction. Presented by Thomasenia Lott Adams.
Hosted by: S. Leigh Nataro
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Presented on September 5, 2017