Sunday, October 16, 2016

Slope Dude Pictures-Inspired by #mathequalslove

So much creativity! I found this project from #mathequalslove Really good stuff from Sarah on her blog, so be sure to check it out! We watched the slope dude video, discussed about slopes and I asked the students to draw a picture that represents them and this is what they came up with :) 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Who is a Mathematician?

Last weekend, I attended the ICTM Annual Conference. That's when I heard about Evan Taylor's brilliant idea about asking students Who is a mathematician and What is Mathematics?

This was what ICTM sent in the mail:

"Draw a Mathematician Contest

A few months ago, we announced the Draw a Mathematician challenge. This project allows for Illinois to come together by having students and adults either draw 1) what they think a mathematician looks like or 2) draw a definition of mathematics. This activity allows for educators and students across the state to see their ideas and perspectives about mathematics all in one place and allows for students to voice, draw or possibly record what they think mathematics is and also what a mathematician looks like in their cultural view.

You can still submit pictures with the following links:

Draw A Mathematician: 

Twitter hashtags: #DrawAMathematicianIL and #DrawAMathematicianICTM

What is Mathematics? 

Twitter hashtag: #IllinoisDefinesMathematics?"

I simply asked students for a Friday warm-up to draw what they think a mathematician looks like. And here were their thoughts! (some of them at least) I have others finishing up and I am eager to see what they come up with Part II What is Mathematics??

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Activities

September has come to an end! We are finishing our first unit: Thinking with Mathematical Models, covering linear and inverse functions. In reviewing slope, I got inspiration from #Mathequalslove blogger in her slope picture activity. Students drew a picture that described something about them and labeled the slopes from the lines they drew. When we got to Investigation 3, learning inverse functions, they worked on their inverse poster project, creating a story or situation and modeling it with a graph, equation, and table.

Monday, September 12, 2016

2016-2017 School Year!

The beginning of every year is filled with new ideas to implement and try! I am constantly collaborating with my colleagues in 7th and 8th grade.  I am going to list some of the activities students have done so far this year. Many of the activities build collaboration and group work habits. I will elaborate in detail what activity entails when I have time; but I have more things on my schedule this year: Grad School, private tutoring, math department chair, and full-time teaching :)

Chalk Talk: My first favorite activity is something that I adopted from my friend, Esther. She loves to do chalk talks because it forces everyone in a group to participate. I decided to try chalk talk with building vocabulary. And first round went very well as it gave students time to brainstorm. The process is there are about 6-7  sheets of paper with one vocab word written on each. Students each have a different color marker in their group and everyone needs to quietly write down the first thing that comes to mind when they see the word either in description or picture form, or they can write whether they agree or disagree. It's a great way for students to use their own words and helps the teacher gauge what the class understands and what still needs to be clarified. So in summary, 1 min per word of brainstorming written on a blank sheet of paper, switch each round via table, and then share out as a class. I follow this activity with a frayer model vocabulary where students will use what they brainstorm and record on the frayer model.

Change your Words, Change your Mindset: I used Jo Boaler's awesome mistakes video shared by my math coaches. It's under her week 2 of inspirational math. The message is that mistakes grow your brain, and I had the students write a positive statement from a negative statement. We always refer to this wall throughout the year.

 100#s Activity: I have to thank my friend Marissa for introducing me to this wonderful blog. It is an excellent activity to start the year, building groupwork norms.  Shared this with the other teachers at my school, and they love it as well.

My colleague teaching 7th grade has a lot of lesson structures that helps breakdown CMP3 for students in meaningful and engaging ways. Two strategies I adopted from her classroom include: Chunk and Slide and the Amazing Race!  Both activities have been an absolute hit with students and the amazing race activity is a perfect way to chunk the investigation and differentiate it for all students. Chunk and Slide is a great model for think-pair-share when students are learning a new concept such as writing linear equations or solving (for dryer lessons when we want to avoid direct instruction at all costs--gotta keep it engaging). *will add more soon*