#MTBoS30 begins, and yes, you can participate.

#MTBoS30 begins, and yes, you can participate.

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Online Professional Development Sessions

This week we are lucky to have Kent Haines (@mrAKHaines) presenting A Conceptual Approach to Teaching Integer Operations. Keep-Change-Flip isn’t cutting it. Explore a unit of instruction on integers that involves games, visual models, vertical number lines, and open number sentences.Join us tonight at 9 EST here.

Last week Dawn Dupriest presented Coding in Math Class. Coding is a fundamental 21st century literacy skill, a key area of job growth, and a great way to model with mathematics. 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. click here.

Great Blogging Action

When I told my sister that I had to go write my piece for the Global Math Department newsletter, she said “I didn’t know Math had a Global Department.”  My daughter replied, “Well, if anything should have a Global Department, it’s Math.”  I love my family.

Egged on by Anne Schwartz, a whole slew of people are participating in #MTBoS30, myself included.  There will be lots of great reading this month, judging from the posts on THE FIRST DAY!  I was struck by this first post by Pam Wilson, aka the Radical Rational – here we are one month (or less for some) to go in the school year, and she is reflecting and planning for next year – being truly intentional as she reads, makes notes, thinks ahead.  I was inspired by her energy.  I highly recommend creating a #MTBoS30 column in your Twitter feed. It’s great to hear everyone’s voices all at once.  

I’ve written many times about Resourceaholic.  In case you haven’t been paying attention and subscribed to that treasure trove, I want to share with you a resource that Jo Morgan shared this week, 29 GIFs that Teach Math Better Than Your Teacher Did.  I’m not sure the title is completely accurate, but there are some very neat animations, like the one above, which might illuminate some abstractions for your students (and you!).

Thanks, Dan Meyer.  What for this time?  For sharing Every Handout & Presentation from NCTM and NCSM 2016.  For those of us who didn’t get to go, and those of you who did but, being human, couldn’t attend every session, it’s all here, included a curated list.

Hot on Twitter: #MTBoS30 Takes Flight Across The Blogosphere

I’ve lost my mind and wrote a post because of @sophgermain ‘s #MTBoS30 challenge. http://fawnnguyen.com/hashtag-mtbos30/ … #MTBoS cc @crstn85

Post: Hashtag MTBoS30

Post: 30 Days.


I’m doing #MTBoS30 in May. Want to renew your blogging habit with me?

Post: It’s May!?!


@crstn85 I do! But in my head I’m calling it #mtbos15 … Setting myself up for success! #MTBoS30


Dusting off the Blogs and Blog Readers

If you’re like me, you blog a tonIn your head. There are many drafts, but few get published, but that’s okay! If you’re looking for some collective energy to initiate your blog again join me (soon) and others in #MTBoS30, a 30 day challenge to post (almost) everyday of May. Inline image 1
Your first stop? Check out Tina Cardone’s (@crstn85May Day blog post. If you’re not sure where to begin she shares some prompts to get you started. Here are a few samples from that list:

  • I feel happiest in my skin when…
  • Make a list of everything you’d like to say no to.
  • Make a list of everything you’d like to say yes to.
  • When I’m in pain — physical or emotional — the kindest thing I can do for myself is…
  • Make a list of the people in your life who genuinely support you, and who you can genuinely trust. (Then make time to hang out with them.) – (Tina started with this one, so make sure to read her post!)

Even if you’re not planning to blog, keep an eye out and dust off the blog readers, create a new stream in the twitter app of your choice, etc. I can sense amazing-ness (beyond the usual) will be published this month. Bridget Dunbar (@BridgetDunbar) reflects on teaching math as a story after observing (and being completely hooked!) her colleagues engage their students through story telling as they learned of Julius Caesar and the fall of the Roman Empire. This led her to finding Rina Zazkis and Peter Liljedahl’s Teaching Mathematics as a Story. She’s currently reflecting on the following intriguing questions moving forward. Check out her entire post and add your voice if you so please!

  1. On the macro level-How can I help teachers to tell the math story as a set of interconnected ideas and concepts?
  2. On the micro level-How can I help teachers to consider a lesson play, so that the day to day story is just as interesting as the year long story they are telling? How do we get students to want more?

There will be great post coming your way soon. Lurk #MTBoS30 or better yet, take the plunge! 

by Sahar Khatri (@khatrimath)

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