I spent this week with a group of about 60 teachers at a California Math Science Partnership grant in Kings County. This is our third summer together. In the past I’ve always shared resources through Dropbox and/or Bitly. This year I’ve decided to share links, handouts, and a bit of commentary with a blog post instead.
On to the resources!
Slides, Slides, and More Slides!
The slides for the entire week are here.
We started each day with 30 minutes of “problem solving” (really just my excuse to share some fun things I’ve discovered or created over the past few months).
Monday: Visual Patterns
Created by @fawnpnguyen
My landscape version of the student handout is here.
My old (two-column, portrait) version of the handout is here.
Here are the slides I use to introduce Visual Patterns to my students (over the course of multiple days) in PDF, Keynote, and PowerPoint.
Tuesday: The Running Game
This is a work in progress, but I’m happy with how things are moving along. I’ll probably write a blog post in the next few weeks describing the project. At that point I’ll add a page to the blog with a catalog of all the challenges.
For now you can find the first two challenges here. Look around in the images folder for the solutions.
Wednesday: Estimation 180
Created by @mr_stadel
Scroll down to find the handout. The latest version (including the space for reasoning) should be on Estimation180.com soon. If it’s not, you can get it here.
Back in May Niko Rowinsky tweaked this game to create an excellent, logic-rich challenge for students. I love it. My students love it, too. How to play is in the full slide deck (and here for those who don’t like hunting for needles in slidestacks).
Friday: Daily Desmos
If you enjoy solving the challenges, consider submitting your own. Details on how to contribute are here. In most cases, creating your own challenge is easier than solving someone else’s!
Tasks and Practice Standards
Here are the goods (hopefully with appropriate credit given where due):
Teachers had 90 minutes each day after lunch to design units and lessons. I wanted to share some awesome ideas I’ve picked up from the #MTBoS recently, so Monday and Tuesday I gave brief presentations to kick off the planning time.
On Monday I nearly ran out of breath trying to share all of the awesomeness contained in Fawn Nguyen’s blog posts on Deconstructing a Lesson Activity (Part 1 and Part 2). If you haven’t read the full posts… Go. Read. Unless you just don’t care. (In which case, shame on you!)
I gave a brief presentation each afternoon on the key ideas from Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions. My talking points and the discussion questions are in the full slide deck.
For those who didn’t win one of the free copies of the book, I highly recommend you pick it up to add some meat to our daily discussions. Drop a line in the comments if you try these ideas out in your classroom. I’d love to hear how things are going.
I’ll just drop some links here and hold off on the commentary.
If you don’t read math blogs, you should. If you don’t know where to start, here are a few ideas.
If you teach elementary math…
If you teach middle school math…
If you teach any kind of math…
This is just the tip of the math blogging iceberg, but it’s a great place to start. Enjoy!