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).

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

Fawn Nguyen has opened my eyes to a different way to present quadratics to students from The Madison Project.

Eddie Woo shares a fabulous quadrilateral classification task from Stuart Palmer.

Andrea Wardell engages students in proportional reasoning with a poster of Abraham Lincoln.

Katie Marhefki shares some excellent student work involving real-world sine curves.

Looking for a Desmos project involving linear equations? Look no further than Tyler Beranek's amazing skyline project.

Teaching science? Check out Allison Kipping's recommendation of using Google Forms for pre-labs.

Jennifer Fairbanks shares some lovely photos of student work adorning her classroom door.

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

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!

Joshua Schmidt shares a clever way to engage his students in the game of chess.

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

Check out this crafty, letter-themed volume and surface area project from Rachel Blunt

Tim Chartier shares a useful calculus analogy involving balloons and series.

Liz Mastalio offers a peek into how she preps for parent-teacher conferences. This checklist is brilliant!

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

These angle puzzle posters from David McConnell look like a lot of fun!

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.

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

Looking for a way to spiff up your math classroom? Check out these Ceiling Tile Tesselations from Mrs. Woldum

I am a HUGE fan of these self-checking Desmos Geometry/Trig activities from Jennifer White!

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.

I also am a fan of this calculus-based pi day graphing project that Alisa shared.

Attention: Stats Teachers! Check out this project to make your own stats cartoons from Allison Horst!

Daniel Martinez shares some beautiful student work in regards to geometric series.

Whitney Nolan shares a way to add some arts and crafts to your calculus curriculum.

Looking for a creative way to assess student understanding of the distributive property? Check out this task from M Felipe.

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.

Allison Kipping inspires with this extra credit project where students created memes to demonstrate understanding of the current chemistry topic.

Ron King shares a fun Desmos Challenge - create a maze!

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?!?

Collaborative Genius shares the great idea of having students make stop-motion gifs to illustrate math concepts.

Check out this new math(s) game called NUMBER NEIGHBOURHOODS (UPDATED LINK!) from David Butler!

Lisa Richardson shares a great, Easter-themed regression activity involving eggs.