30 things from #TMC17

I attended Twitter Math Camp for only 2 of the 3.5 days this year. I learned so much. Each of these items below could be a separate blog post, but for now I am just listing them in order to put them somewhere and remind myself of what stood out to me this year.

  1. It is complicated. It is political.
  2. Sometimes less is more. Allow space for students and yourself to develop mastery. The less crucial things will take care of themselves
  3. Start with clear goals, then make interesting scenarios approachable. Anticipate student responses, thoughtfully prepare, then allow students to explore and try to understand each others thoughts.
  4. There should be clear connections between your learning goals and your preparation and task section.
  5. Not every lesson has to be stellar, but it should be purposeful.
  6. Sometimes the process is all that matters, you don’t have to get to a beautiful, tidy solution every time.
  7. Make space for experimentation.
  8. Shut up and listen.
  9. Ask clarifying questions. Invite students to explain.
  10. Play. Approach key learning targets from multiple ways. Anticipate and sequence student approaches. Find ways to illustrate the connections between these approaches.
  11. Learning occurs within understanding of the connections of related ideas.
  12.  Communication > Evaluation
  13. We are innately driven to understand. We want to understand and be successful.
  14. Norms sketch noted by Jill Gough, from Elizabeth Statmorenorms
  15. Problematize over schoolitizing.probelmatizing (2)
  16. Resist intervening!
  17. Support experimentation
  18. “What we prove depends on the questions that we are asking.” – Grace Chen
  19. Explore alternatives
  20.  Separate related topics and cycle back to make new connections.
  21. Thoughtfully create structures that align and embody the culture and messages you are working to develop.
  22. Be rich in tools. Make students rich in tools. Make tools always available.
  23. Think about all of the choices over which you have control. Don’t give away power.
  24. Don’t assume.
  25. Play.
  26. Be Present.
  27. Reflect. Record yourself teaching: short audio conversations with students using your phone, or video. Keep it simple. Get over yourself and use it to grow.
  28. Focus on methods and connections, not answer getting.
  29. Dynamic number-line clotheslines are a great tool for supporting connections between concepts and ideas.line
  30. Stay conscious of funneling vs focusing questions. (from Principles to Actions, p37)2017-08-02-11-04-46-e1501693564143.jpg

2 thoughts on “30 things from #TMC17

  1. Nice long set of things you learned. Fascinated by similarities to inquiry approaches of teaching. Also sent you a message through Facebook as I am a former grad of where you are teaching.

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