TMC14 My Favorite Takeaways

I love My Favorites from TMC14.  Here are some of “my favorites”:

Bob Lochel @bobloch
  • Meaningful Adjacencies Icebreaker- Students write 5 of their favorite tv shows on index cards, then arrange cards so they are closest to the most people who share similar tv shows. Trying to maximize solutions.

Rebecka Peterson (@RebeckaMozdeh)

  • Friday Letters: On Fridays students can either answer a warm-up question or write her a letter (put letter in cute mailbox), if they write she promises to respond.  This helps her get to know all of her students better, especially the quieter ones. “Quiet people have the loudest minds” -Stephen Hawking

John Mahlstedt @jdmahlstedt

  • Let Students Know How Awesome You Are and Get Better Gifts-PPT answering questions about yourself,
  • Always writes the date as an equation on the whiteboard example: July 24 could be July 52-50
  • I also like all the nerdy math t-shirts John wore

Glenn Waddell @gwaddellnvhs

  • Use a styrofoam cup as a tri-pod.  Turn it upside down, put a slit in it, phone goes in slit.  Record your own teaching

Justin Lanier  @j_lanier

  • Read excerpts John Holt’s books:  “How Children Learn” and “How Children Fail
  •  These are daily reflections from a 5th grade teacher in 1968
  • Takeaways for Justin:  1. Look around. 2. Teach Crazy 3. Trust children. *point out to children that some things are crazy!

Pam Wilson @pamjwilson

  • Plickers-poll your class using cards (similar to QR codes)  from website. Students show cards orienting them  depending on their answer. Teacher uses camera to record and see the results on your whiteboard. Julie  @ jreulbach had idea of using contac paper to attach to back of students INB then students just hold up their notebooks
  • Chalk Talk: No verbal, all written.  A question is asked and students write the answer. Make it fun by using special highlighters and black lights. they write with highlighters under black light.
  • Making Thinking Visible-quickly mentioned, but she said there was a pdf also Nathan Krafts Grudge Game
Meg Craig @mathymeg07
  • Equation Editor 3.1 – you don’t get missing numbers when you print!, helps make shortcuts for symbols and you can also create your own autocorrect for commonly used fractions, radicals
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Sebastian Spear @Sebastian_S

  • 99-card game; object of the game is to not go over 99.  Good for strategies and adding and subtracting numbers.
  • Zilch-red cards are negative and black cards are positive. Cards must add up to 0. Begin game with four cards for each student then change to five cards

Jasmine Walker @jazmath

  • Tabletop Twitter- Posters on tables with questions 1) Why do We learn math? 2) What makes a good math teacher? 3) What is a good environment for learning math? 4) What makes a good math student? Teacher rotates around room answering questions on posters and responding to people with hashtags also using their handle @student name  (create their own hashtags)

John Stevens @Jstevens009

  • Would You Rather Blog a blog that asks students to “choose their own path and justify”

Elissa Miller @misscalcul8

  • When she catches students insulting others, she makes them “say two nice things”

Sam Shan @samjshah

  • Started a publication at his school called Intersections  Students submit (coerced with lunch pizza party) articles about math/science.  Gives students to write and celebrate with artistic contributions

Kathryn Belmonte @iisanumber

  • Uses a personality test “True Colors” to get to know her students. She blogs about it here.

Dylan Kane @math8_teacher

  • Shared a great blog called Five Triangles that has lots of interesting problems for grades 6,7 & 8