This year’s #mathphoto16 challenge begins

This year's #mathphoto16 challenge begins

Edited By Carl Oliver @carloliwitter

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Online Professional Development Sessions

This week there is no talk at Global Math Department.

Next week be sure to check back in for Sara VanDerWerf (@saravdwerf) presents The Pursuit of 100% Engagement: Practical ideas to get you closer to this goal. Learn how to ncrease the number of students talking in your classroom and the quality of what they say

Last week, Morgan State professor Dr. Roni Ellington presented the talk: A Discourse Framework That Promotes Access, Equity, and Understanding. This talk which shows a number of changes that can be made by schools to transform education towards the kind of education that provides access to more students including minority students and women in STEM. Click here to view the recording.

Great Blogging Action


I am a huge fan of Sara Vanderwerf.  Every post of hers I read contains a gem that I can use.  Just look at these three posts from the end of May (if you haven’t seen them yet):

  • The Story of 2 Words & 1 Simple Tweak to Get All Students Talking 
    • In this post, Sara talks about a strategy to reinforce academic language while addressing student confusion over mathematical vocabulary.  It’s a great idea for all students, with a special boost for English Language Learners.  And, like the title says – it’s simple to implement and make a part of your daily routines.
  • The #1 Thing I Did in My Support Classes
    • Two days later, this bit of brilliance was published on Sara’s blog – another simple strategy to build confidence and teach important school and life survival skills (how to advocate for oneself).  As a math teacher, Sara writes about applying this idea in a mathematics classroom, but it’s not difficult to imagine a broader use, and how it might help so many children.
    • I can’t comment on how I feel about a post with this title appearing on my birthday, but it’s such a keeper that I’m not complaining.  Using a hilarious parody of Pomp and Circumstance as an example, Sara explores the idea of creating ‘Math Earworms’ that will stick in your students’ heads long after they leave your room.  And I loved the link to this list of songs that won’t leave YOUR head.

This is only a taste of the wealth of really good (and easy to implement) ideas you will find if you read Sara’s blog regularly.

There’s an interesting discussion going on about creating a math lesson plan repository from the best shared resources in the #MTBoS (I’m probably using incorrect nomenclature here, but the idea is hopefully clear).  Check out these posts from Chris Lusto and Dan Meyer, as well as the thoughtful comments.  And join in the conversation.

One more day of classes for me – hope your summer is around the corner as well!

Wendy Menard

Hot on Twitter: Make it Rain!!!

Great K-2 Estimation Tasks from @4ryandent et al


The MTBoS and teachers in general have lots of reasons to thank Andrew Stadel for Estimation180.  The site has been a game-changer and drastically changed the way many of us engage our students in number sense opportunities.  With that being said, some of Andrew’s tasks are a little difficult for K-2 students. Enter Ryan Dent and friends.
Ryan has recently started a blog where he’s sharing estimation tasks geared specifically towards primary students. If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video reveal is priceless. Caution: His estimation tasks will pull you in but there’s lots of great stuff to keep you there for some time.

Graham Fletcher
– @gfletchy 

Get Excited for the 2016 Math Photo Challenge

If you were looking for a place to post your math related photos, wait no further! This summer (or winter depending on what hemispher you live in), you can join the hundreds of other participants in the #mathphoto16 challenge. These photos were some of the ones that line up with this weeks theme #symmetry. If you have an interesting photo please post it to twitter with the #mathphoto16 hashtag. If you want to scroll through and see all of the previous photos, and looking at twitter is not your bag, you can also see photos on flickr and Happy snapping!

-Carl Oliver (@carloliwitter)

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