I’ve gathered together a few of my favorite things. I hope you find something here useful.
- Reason and Wonder – The post that kicked off the blog.
- Blogging as Therapy – I often write about struggle and failure as a way to learn and grow.
- Rich Math Tasks – My 2013 view of what makes a task rich (and what does not).
- Mistakes, Radicals, Rational Exponents, and Partitioning? – Interesting classroom action.
- Wasting a Day vs Wasting a Year – In which I make a case for allowing one to avoid the other.
- CMC North 2014 Ignite – Five minutes on the dangers (and potential) of technology in math class.
- Getting Better by Nailing the “Why” – Advice to myself on how to deliver effective presentations.
- A New Adventure – A delightful turn of events.
I’m continually amazed at the great things teachers create and use in their own classrooms, and doubly-amazed that so many of them are willing to share what they’ve made—for free! Here’s what I used most often with my own students.
- 101qs.com – Collection of three act tasks from folks across the Internet.
- estimation180.com – Build number sense through estimation challenges.
- mathmistakes.org – Analyze student mistakes to develop deeper understanding.
- openmiddle.com – “Challenging math problems worth solving,” and a DOK gold mine.
- threeacts.mrmeyer.com – Dan Meyer’s three act tasks.
- visualpatterns.org – What it says, and amazing!
- wodb.ca – “Which One Doesn’t Belong?” Thought-provoking prompts for folks of all ages.
- wouldyourathermath.com – Start a math argument with visual prompts.
There are only so many hours in the day. These tools and books have helped me do more in less time.
- Alfred – Mac productivity app. Like keyboard shortcuts? You’ll love this.
- Evernote – Cross platform app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.
- OmniFocus – World’s greatest (and most expensive?) task management software.
- Deep Work, by Cal Newport
- Getting Things Done, by David Allen
- What’s Best Next?, by Matt Perman
Last but not least, and definitely worthy of its own category.
- www.desmos.com – Free online graphing calculator.
- teacher.desmos.com – Engaging classroom activities, and tools to build your own.
- learn.desmos.com – Take your Desmos skills to the next level.
- twitter.com/desmos – Questions, answers, and amazing graphs.
- blog.desmos.com – Favorite activities, feature announcements, and more.