It’s the little things: How I improved student participation in number talks

I know, this is silly, but silliness lightens the mood and can improve student confidence and student teacher relationships. It seems to reduce math anxiety and increase collaboration. For a detailed description of number talks, read Making Number Talks Matter Also read Fawn Nguyen's site mathtalks.net Enter the Echo Microphone:  I present a math problem … Continue reading It’s the little things: How I improved student participation in number talks

Pencil sharpeners from Classroom Friendly Supplies

A few weeks ago, what I think is my 10th electric pencil sharpener stopped working. I decided I was done with electric pencil sharpeners and began a search to find a reliable, quiet, affordable pencil sharpener. I found this pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies, and I discovered that they would send me one in exchange for … Continue reading Pencil sharpeners from Classroom Friendly Supplies

My NCTM regionals Phoenix session

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 regionals Phoenix session

Twitter Math Camp 2016: Get Uncomfortable

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