Math = Love: Monday Must Reads: Volume 17

Monday, November 6, 2017

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep over the weekend. After a long week at school, a slightly longer weekend was most welcome. For those not affected by Daylight Saving Time, I hope your weekend was swell as well! Without further ado, here are this week's Monday Must Reads!

Mr. Fredericks shares a graphic organizer he created for students to organize their work while factoring. I love the idea of giving students designated work space for different forms.

Julia Anker took her lesson on solving systems of inequalities to an entirely new level. Now, I just need to get my hands on a map of our school before this unit rolls around...

Jennifer Williams reflects on a small tweak she made to her lesson that made a huge difference. I'm totally stealing this idea when we get to parallel and perpendicular lines!

Chris Smith shares yet another creative puzzle to get you thinking in his maths newsletter. If you are not signed up to receive his weekly emails, you should take care of that right now! Just send Chris an email at aap03102@gmail.com to get subscribed!

Jae Ess encourages students to get missing work turned in by creating a competition between her classes. I wish our online gradebook provided data like this so I could do the same.

Liz Mastalio encourages thankfulness in her classroom by having students make a beautiful wreath of things they are thankful for. #TeacherGoals

Kristine Woodford modified Make a Million to create Make a Zero. This looks like fun!

Stephanie shares a fun end-of-chapter project: create an optical illusion using what you learned about geometric constructions. This almost makes me wish I taught geometry!

Already starting to think about Pi Day? Mr. Downin shares a creative idea: hide pi symbols around the school for your students to find!

I love sharing puzzles with my students. So, I was super excited to find the Puzzler twitter feed. Here's just one example of the awesome puzzles they offer. To find more, just scroll through their "Media Tweets."

Wes Overton challenged his students to make Halloween Houses using Desmos. The results were amazing.

Rick Barlow offers up a blog post describing a very intriguing group test method. It's been years since I tried giving a group test, but I may just have to try this again. Check out Rick's blog post here for more details.

Additionally, Rick offers up a great structure to keep kids accountable when working in partners. Students have to record who did the math and who did the writing. Stealing this in the future!

Mr. Hanna combines geometric constructions with one of my favorite math-y manipulatives: tangrams!

Ellie O Gorman shares a fun starter for class that could be adapted for so many different topics! A little google search reveals the original source to be MathSphere.

Amber Longhi created an awesome sign for her classroom door to let students know where she could be found. I definitely need one of these!

Additionally, I love Amber's creativity in this stations activity that helps students visualize the 3D shapes that come from rotating 2D figures! Check out the video here.

Chris Bolognese combines pumpkins with spherical geometry to blow students' minds.