I Know Dan Meyer Doesn’t Need My Help…
..but you should check this out – cross-posted on both dy/dan and the Desmos blog – features from Desmos called the Classroom Conversation Toolkit, which allows a teacher to control the pacing of a Desmos Activity. Desmos Activities are awesome, to be sure, but they can create a roomful of plugged-in children. The Toolkit counteracts that one potential downside by providing teachers with a means to pause, anonymize, and share contributions by students, and giving space for some lovely ‘collective effervescence’.
Dave Sabol, over at The Rational Radical, has been running a series called This is How I Teach, riffing on the How I Work series at lifehacker. Each participant answers the same series of questions, and then tags whomever they would like to hear about. Even if you know someone, or have been reading their blog for years, there are insights to be gained from reading about how others manage their teaching practice. I personally was quite heartened to read that at least three participants used some sort of favorite pad as their ‘favorite to-do list manager’.
Maybe you know about wild.maths.org already, but I just learned about it via a post on Algebra’s Friend about Factors and Multiples Chain, a great pre-factoring activity. A cousin of nrich (another wonderful task and activity resource), wild.maths is dedicated to creative explorations of math, and is chock full of interactives. This website is a rabbit hole worth exploring – I mean, they have a section called Dotty Grids!
Finally, some mathematical art: Rafael Araujo is a Venezuelan architect and illustrator whose artwork is geometrically constructed, much of it using the Golden Ratio. He leaves the construction lines in his pieces, which serve to enhance and highlight their mathematical and aesthetic beauty.
Written by Wendy Menard (@wmukluk)