This Week: What We Build With Mathematics

This Week: What We Build With Mathematics

Edited By Brian Bushart @bstockus

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Online Professional Development Sessions

Coding in Math Class
Presented by Dawn DuPriest (@DuPriestMath)

Coding is not just a hot trend. It’s a fundamental 21st century literacy skill, a key area of job growth, and a great way to model with mathematics. Through computer coding, you and your students can enjoy being creative problem-solvers and making original works of math. Where should you start if you’re new to this world? We’ll explore some topics that work well for beginning coders, learn the basics of a web-based programming environment, and leave with some lessons and lesson structures you can adapt for late elementary or secondary math learners.

To join the meeting when it starts at 9pm Eastern (or RSVP if it’s before 9pm), click here.

Did you miss the NCTM Annual Conference in San Francisco? Check out the recording of last week’s Global Math to hear favorite moments and takeaways from the conference.

What Can *You* Build?

Building a Love of Math

While many are still recovering from the excitement of NCTM 2016, I can’t help but to think of summer. Partly because my jealousy of not being able to attend this year makes me shut the thoughts of NCTM down in my brain. And partly because the fear of my daugther having a less than stellar 3rd grade teacher frightens me.

To minimize my worries, I have decided to create a summer notebook for her filled with activities to catapult her to a more confident school year. Buying a book from the nearest school supply store won’t make my free spirit want to work when it’s nice out. Although I have my own ideas, reading How to help you kids fall in love with math offered some really great starting points. The idea of learning through play is backed up by this post on Talking Math with Your Kids. Even dot activities like those discussed Joe Schwartz’s post Dot Crazy will help to promote mathematical thinking through art.

Written by Jenise Sexton (@MrsJeniseSexton)

Building a Podcast (and Audience)

Anne Schwartz (@sophgermain), a math teacher recently launched a teaching podcast called Chalkline. Her first two guests are rock-star educators Megan Hayes-Golding (@mgolding) and Rafranz Davis (@RafranzDavis), both of whom join Anne for wide-ranging discussions on issues of equity in education, as well as whatever topics come to mind!

Sometimes I get lonely as a teacher. Even though I’m in a building full of other educators, I rarely find the time to sit down for a casual chat with any of them. So eavesdropping on Anne’s conversations via this podcast is a great way to feel connected to other people who care about teaching and learning.

Written by Kent Haines (@MrAKHaines)

Building Projects…with Math!

I wasn’t lucky enough to attend the NCTM Annual in San Francisco, but thanks to Max Ray-Riek, (@maxmathforum), I saw this tweet:

Like a ninja, I made sure to get Margaret’s resources (by asking her for them!) She kindly gave me this link to her padlet wall, which is a veritable treasure-trove. It contains Margaret’s rationale behind and details on several projects that her students have done over the years, in which they digitally built a virtual thing, ie a bicycle or Rube Goldberg machine, using Dynamic Geometry Software. Initially, that was Geometer’s Sketchpad, and more recently, Geogebra and Desmos. Talk about right where my head is. I’m already planning next year’s trigonometry project for my students. Muahaha.

Written by Audrey McLaren (@a_mcsquared)

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