Math = Love: March 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday Must Reads: Volume 63

Well, it's a new week, and the world is still an insane place. My school is meeting virtually today to start putting into place a plan to do distance learning starting next week. I still can't wrap my mind around what this is actually going to look like.

A tiny silver lining? This extra at-home time has given me some time to start working through my backlog of Twitter "likes" that deserve to be shared in the form of Monday Must Reads. It is my hope that you find some useful ideas that you can apply now or in the future in your own classroom.

Hope everyone is staying safe and well out there!




Mr Knowles shares a lovely task involving radicals (or surds).

Image Source: https://twitter.com/SK18Maths/status/1234583682918293504

Nolan Fossum shares some Open Middle tasks for calculus students to tackle.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/NolanFossum/status/1234337869222703104
Fawn Nguyen has opened my eyes to a different way to present quadratics to students from The Madison Project.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/fawnpnguyen/status/1234216350094000128
Eddie Woo shares a fabulous quadrilateral classification task from Stuart Palmer.


Image Source: https://twitter.com/misterwootube/status/1233302933959086080
Andrea Wardell engages students in proportional reasoning with a poster of Abraham Lincoln.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/WardellAndrea/status/1220869702207135745
Katie Marhefki shares some excellent student work involving real-world sine curves.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Math_efki/status/1233025792000442368
Looking for a Desmos project involving linear equations? Look no further than Tyler Beranek's amazing skyline project.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mrberanek/status/1232373241399959552
Teaching science? Check out Allison Kipping's recommendation of using Google Forms for pre-labs.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/KippingChemEd/status/1232007719432982529
Jennifer Fairbanks shares some lovely photos of student work adorning her classroom door.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/JenFairbanks8/status/1231915331117027328

David Butler shares some beautifully designed handouts for various topics including geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DavidKButlerUoA/status/1231399921015648256
Meagan White shares an idea that gets students reflecting on their work/mistakes AND reduces that amount you have to grade. I call that a WIN-WIN!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MWhiteMath/status/1231226967170654208
Joshua Schmidt shares a clever way to engage his students in the game of chess.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrJoshuaSchmidt/status/970640920206041088

Jennifer Abel shares a weekly check-in that she has students complete that was inspired by Mr. Schmidt.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/abel_jennifer/status/1230958853988192258
Check out this crafty, letter-themed volume and surface area project from Rachel Blunt

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsRachelBlunt/status/1230567360974741505
Tim Chartier shares a useful calculus analogy involving balloons and series. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/timchartier/status/1230126669605662721
Liz Mastalio offers a peek into how she preps for parent-teacher conferences. This checklist is brilliant! 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MissMastalio/status/1230161017117782016
When I'm next in the classroom again, I definitely want to try to implement a system for which students next need my help. I like this simple (yet brilliant) approach from Hannah Shaw

Image Source: https://twitter.com/hannahlynnshaw/status/1229488377398996992
These angle puzzle posters from David McConnell look like a lot of fun! 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/davelovesmath/status/1227732570495950848
Until next time, keep sharing your awesome ideas!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

(Not Actually Monday) Must Reads: Volume 62

I don't need to write a blog post telling you how crazy life is at the moment. I'm currently on Week 2 of an extended 3 Week Spring Break due to COVID-19. We'll be (digitally) returning to school on April 6th. Given that this decision was just made official today, I still don't know what this will look like.

Usually, this is the time of year where I start thinking about next year. But there are still so many unknowns that I don't even have the energy to really do that. I was hoping to have what I'm teaching next year nailed down soon, but now I just don't know when that will happen. To get my mind off all the unknowns, I've decided to spend some of my new-found time writing up some Monday Must Reads posts from the tweets I've been saving this school year. I just checked and I haven't posted a Monday Must Reads since August. Where has the time gone?!? Oh yeah, it's this thing called balancing being a wife, mom, and teacher all at the same time. Every time I start to think I have this working parent thing figured out, my adorable kiddo moves on to a new stage that totally changes things all over again. Our current stage? Crawling and getting into EVERYTHING.

So without further ado, let's check out the awesomeness of math teacher twitter of late. Hopefully, you will find an idea or two that you want to use next time you are able to be back in your classroom. Yes, I realize it's not actually Monday. I hope you'll forgive me. Having not been to work in a week and a half, I don't really keep track of the days of the week anymore...



Anna Xu shares up a yummy lesson featuring unit circle pizzas.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/_ms_xu_/status/1242480079030140928

Matt Enlow shares a resource for all you puzzle lovers: Number Snakes!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CmonMattTHINK/status/1241516390470860800
Looking for a way to spiff up your math classroom? Check out these Ceiling Tile Tesselations from Mrs. Woldum

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mrswoldum/status/1236117202887114753
I am a HUGE fan of these self-checking Desmos Geometry/Trig activities from Jennifer White!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/JennSWhite/status/1241046289829289984
This Tissue Box Project from Alisa Hobgood looks like a lot of fun. I especially like the side where students have to add a selfie of themselves in front of an object shaped like their parent function.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/AlisaHobgood/status/1233373635257282560
I also am a fan of this calculus-based pi day graphing project that Alisa shared.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/AlisaHobgood/status/1238572517679300618
Attention: Stats Teachers! Check out this project to make your own stats cartoons from Allison Horst!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/allison_horst/status/1238612497344552960
Daniel Martinez shares some beautiful student work in regards to geometric series.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DMartinez760/status/1222335223880249344
Whitney Nolan shares a way to add some arts and crafts to your calculus curriculum.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Whit_Nolan/status/1237849652222775299
Looking for a creative way to assess student understanding of the distributive property? Check out this task from M Felipe.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mfelipe814/status/1237828960714657792
I can't wait for next year's Trig/Pre-Calc class to try out Laura Vogel's Build Your Own Trig Function Activity involving dice.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mathwithmsvogel/status/1237756735785443328
Allison Kipping inspires with this extra credit project where students created memes to demonstrate understanding of the current chemistry topic.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/KippingChemEd/status/1237407699714936833
Ron King shares a fun Desmos Challenge - create a maze!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mthman/status/1236848682030391296
I may not be teaching chemistry any more, but Anne Schmidt's twitter account is giving me ALL the ideas. I love these magnets for teaching chemistry. What type of math magnets could I make?!?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/SchmidtChemist/status/1194034031417012225
Image Source: https://twitter.com/SchmidtChemist/status/1224455724865970189
Collaborative Genius shares the great idea of having students make stop-motion gifs to illustrate math concepts.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/collabgenius/status/1235733983905763328
Check out this new math(s) game called NUMBER NEIGHBOURHOODS (UPDATED LINK!) from David Butler!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DavidKButlerUoA/status/1236491387794640899
Lisa Richardson shares a great, Easter-themed regression activity involving eggs.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CBHSRichMath/status/1235673466331746307
Jennifer Halstead shares an crafty way to help students visualize rotations around an axis in calculus.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/JHalstead604/status/1235633611539222528
Liz Mastalio shares a most interesting mathematician bracket that she uses with her students. Super fun way to fit some math history into your classroom!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MissMastalio/status/1235273473766850562
This year, I really tried to put an emphasis on student birthdays. But it was sometimes a pain to look them up in our online gradebook system. I love this idea from Mrs. Caputo of having students write their birthdays on a calendar at the beginning of the year. Consider this idea stolen!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/SVMathTeacher/status/1234862609029005312
We don't really use the term "stationary point" in the US, but I still like this Open Middle task from Dan Walker. I'm going to adapt it for my Algebra 2 students to say "has a vertex as ( __, __).

Image Source: https://twitter.com/360maths/status/1235450321914208256
Until next time, keep sharing your awesome ideas!