Summer Water Cooler Conversations

Summer Water Cooler Conversations

Included this week: This week’s Global Math webinar details, some blogs posts you might have missed.  Edited by Ashli Black.
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This Month at Global Math:  No Global Math!

It’s summer vacation for webinars at Global Math. We’ll be back in August.  We’re sad too! There’s never been a better time to check out a recording of a past presentation. Check them all out here!

Read, Listen, do some Math

Now that Dan Meyer has finished grad school (Congrats!) he’s back to pushing the #MTBoS to think more deeply about areas of our practice that we may have taken for granted in the past.  

The first is a new series called “If math is the aspirin, then how do you create the headache?” He’s already gotten pretty deep into it, so I would catch up with these three posts (Factoring Trinomials, Exponent Rules, Functions) before the twitter teachers at the water cooler are talking about what happened in the last post and you have to walk away bashfully because you haven’t even read the first one!

Also this past week Dan hit us with this doozy…

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Why do you use the teacher’s edition (if you do)? What are the positives? What are the negatives? Are there differences between elementary, middle school, and high school teacher’s editions? Are blogs the new, better version of teacher’s editions? Are teachers now writing their own teacher’s editions more frequently than in the past or has the internet made it easier to share these things? So many questions, only one Dan.  Thanks and welcome back!

by Andrew Gael (@bkdidact)

Game Changer

At one time, basketball was extremely boring. Literally, almost no one cared. What changed basketball to the fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting spectacle it is today? The 24-second shot clock. My favorite podcast, 99% Invisible, tells the story behind this accomplishment in the episode aptly titled, Game Changer.


Guess what? All it took was some simple math.

Ever since listening to the episode, I’ve been interested in sharing it with students, thinking “how would I design (more importantly launch) a lesson to explore the math in Game Changer?”

How would you design (or launch) a lesson to explore the math in Game Changer?

Hit me up on Twitter @mr_stadel. You have 24 seconds.

Listen to the episode (only 13 minutes).
by Andrew Stadel (@mr_stadel)
Park City Mathematics Institute – Teacher Leadership Program

Hello from Utah! The picture above was taken at 8:30 at night during the last presentation of a Teacher Sharing Session. We’d all been going since 8:15 that morning, but no one wanted to miss out on learning what fellow teachers were up to. As much as I enjoy reading blog posts, getting to see them live is extra awesome. Most days here are not that long with ‘official’ events, but conversations about teaching and mathematics often last long into the evening as folks head out to dinner, play volleyball, hit up the mini golf course, or relax in the evening Utah air. Twitter Math Camp is the closest I can come to describing the camaraderie that develops at PCMI along with lifelong partners-in-crime to chat math teaching with from all over the country. For those interested in seeing the math we engage with or the articles, slide decks, and discussions we have check out the Math Content Class and the Reflecting on Practice Class here. The theme for Reflecting on Practice this year is Formative Assessment and there are many great reads to think about. I especially like the posters that were created yesterday. Good reminders for everyone. by Ashli Black (@mythagon)

Problem Set of the Week

Looking for some math to noodle over? Check out the selection from the Pizza & Problem Solving night here at PCMI along with some photos from the event.

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