There are so many great class opener activities that I decided I need a place to document them all so that I can make sure I’m am choosing the best tasks for my students. I wrote an article on ways to use Warm Up Routines in the Winter of 2017 Here is an (editable) copy of … Continue reading Filing cabinet of Warm Up Activities
I started with this warm up sheet from Jessica @algebrainiac1 After a semester I modified it a little. At Twitter Math Camp 2014, I finally got to attend Sadie’s session on Counting Circles and I learned talking points from the Group work working group session lead by Elizabeth. I may make some changes in order … Continue reading Warm up sheet 2014-2015
I really enjoyed the warm up routines done by Jessica (@algebrainiac1), and I used them for about six months. I have done some thinking about what students need more practice with and I decided, at least for the next 6 weeks to change up the routines. I created a new warm up sheet to go with … Continue reading New Geometry warm up routines!
I’m finally pretty happy with my room set up. I have awesome desks that are perfect for creating groups of various sizes and encouraging collaboration. Whiteboards on every wall. Conversation starters / accountable talk posters above the whiteboard and a number line below this whiteboard. This wall has a border containing basic geometry images and … Continue reading My Classroom Setup
Today we did our first Graphing Stories warm up & the students were very upset that we got rid of estimation180 I’m going to have to bring it back in a month or two. But, man did they need the practice graphing! It was a mess and totally worth it. I heard students asking if … Continue reading day 106: Triangle Pile up
This has been a weird school year. I have no idea what I am doing. Most of my class periods end with me thinking about what a mess it was and how it could have gone better. I am very unorganized. I feel like I’ve tricked others into thinking I have it together, when in … Continue reading What even IS good teaching?
I presented at NCTM’s regional conference in Phoenix a few weeks ago on reasons to develop and use effective warm up routines. Here is the blurb on the session: Warm-Up Routines: Developing Mindset While Enhancing Math Understanding Warm-up activities can maximize class time, set class culture, develop growth mindset in students and fill gaps, or … Continue reading My NCTM regional Phoenix session
Debate – Chris Luzniak & Mattie Baker “My claim is _____, my warrant is _____ .” Structures: Chalk Talk: Posters with questions on them, students respond by writing, no talking allowed. Talking points: read more here Debate! Argument = claim + warrant Soapbox debate: provide class with a debatable prompt, and a minute to think. Then … Continue reading Twitter Math Camp 2016: Get Uncomfortable
Nothing discourages mastery more than an adult who steps in and says: “Let me do that for you.”