Math = Love: (Not Actually Monday) Must Reads: Volume 62

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!

2 comments:

  1. It's wonderful to hear from you again, Sarah! We just started online learning Wednesday, and it's actually gone quite smoothly. Just do what you can and be kind to yourself. Balancing motherhood, marriage, and teaching is tough even in normal circumstances. Give yourself lots of grace, and give the little guy a virtual, germ-free hug from me!

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