Math = Love: Monday Must Reads: Volume 15

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday Must Reads: Volume 15

Happy Monday! It's the Monday after Fall Break here in Oklahoma which means that school is back in session whether we are ready for it or not. I'm ready to get back into the action of things and push my kids as we move towards our next big break: Thanksgiving break. We didn't make quite as much progress as I would have liked in Algebra 1 during the first quarter of the school year, so I'm hoping to make up some ground before Christmas!


As I do almost every Monday, today I'm sharing ideas I have found inspiring from both my twitter feed and my rss reader.

Sara Vanderwerf's Math Badges inspired me to create my Math-y Welcome Banner that has become of one my most favorite classroom decorations ever. Two other math teachers have helped to fill out the rest of the math alphabet. And, they've freely shared their creations so you can use them to spell out whatever word you would like!


Image Source: https://twitter.com/strom_win/status/921458989358923776



Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsKimMcKee/status/760176948463169536
Nanette Johnson tweets a fun number talk idea from How We Teach for secondary students. You can find out more about this presentation here

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Math_m_Addicts/status/921036267806216192
Sarah Newton inspires with her willingness to go the extra mile to help a visually impaired student be able to participate in an upcoming function auction

Image Source: https://twitter.com/sarahnewtonmath/status/921336853353189376
David Butler sums up so much of what teaching is in one short tweet. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DavidKButlerUoA/status/921203021148594176
Kate McNabb's classroom looks fab with her new student-created atomic decorations. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/k8mcnabb/status/921136747995475969
Gwen Bergman engages her students from BEFORE the moment they walk in her classroom by challenging them to answer a question to gain entrance to the classroom. I love how she created a number line on her door to help students with their questions! 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/gwen_bergman/status/921153306591981572
I've seen plenty of teachers model the real number system using boxes before. But, Jim Olsen is the first teacher I've seen to use bags. Brilliant! 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DrOlsen314/status/921161767883100161
Megan Schmidt encourages teachers to make their own classroom decor. What a beautiful piece of math art! 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Veganmathbeagle/status/921009614539382786
Leyla Pattison takes chromatography up a notch by having students create chromatography trolls. How cute!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/leyla_pattison/status/915301921984008192
Liz Mastalio shares one of the best bulletin board ideas I have ever seen.  I love the emphasis on celebrating student perseverance.  Also, you MUST read Liz's recently blog post titled Put Down the Pencil.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MissMastalio/status/920334655949279233
Kate Owens continues the trend of inspiring classroom decor with her "We Are Mathematicians" banner. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/katemath/status/920245713044373504
Katherin O'Hara has her students model the Monty Hall problem using actual items and doors made of linking cubes. LOVE it! 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/KatherinOHara/status/905141675688906753
Katherin has also convinced me I need to invest in a set of Crazy Fort pieces (affiliate link). 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/KatherinOHara/status/912750359902375942
Morag Chambers asks her students to be "nudgers not judgers" when giving feedback. I think we all need to follow suit. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MChambers_EFT/status/907737180428279810
Deb Bulin not only has her geometry students write book using conditionals, but she has them read their creations to elementary school classes! 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DebBulin/status/919046369096208384
Emmy Bennett shares an inspiring bulletin board design. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/msbennett_maths/status/903614888412635137
Kimberley Hunt makes the jumping frogs problem come alive with origami frogs. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/kahunt91/status/913449030969159682
CCYD_Nature shares a great idea for introducing sampling vs. taking a census. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/ccyd_nature/status/917776425859649538
Jacqueline Richardson shares a creative idea for the end of the quarter/semester: Paper Plate Awards. 

Image Source: http://highheelsandnumber2pencils.blogspot.com/2017/10/end-of-quarter-things.html
 Laura Wheeler takes an interesting approach to a math problem involving renting a banquet hall. 

Image Source: https://mslwheeler.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/banquet-hall-problem-mfm2p-pbl/
Luke Wilcox shares an interesting statistics task that begins with an intriguing question: Does Beyonce write her own lyrics? 

Image Source: http://thestatsmedic.com/2017/10/10/does-beyonce-write-her-own-lyrics/

Until next week, keep sharing awesome ideas!

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