Source: Snow Board Quadratic
August 10 was students first day back. The faculty all wore a new t-shirt with our #acnhorsup #oarsin #rowtheboatRC focus for the year. We are on a 90 minute block this year – so I had a bit over an hour with all classes.
The added feedback, allowed me to learn a few more details about my students – what classes they really enjoyed from their first day. It also seemed to open up verbal communication – several students approached me between classes, responding to my written feedback. Definitely a good thing.
Rather than show a power point slide of my own Name Tent – I created a Kahoot – allowing the students to 1) experience Kahoot 2) some laughs as they considered options in the questions. I mean really, do I look like I want to drive fast INDY cars?
This also gives me an idea of how many students have a device, although we actually played in team mode, with the team names from my table labels seen here.
I first read about this activity during #ppschat in 2014 over the book Powerful Problem Solving by @maxmathforum. The task was intented for a blanket, but beach towels work perfectly.
Notice and Wonder with Sol Lewitt
I actually introduced the QFT model to generate their own questions during the WONDER portion of the task. Basically 4 rules to follow:
- Ask as many questions as you can
- Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer any questions
- Write down every question exactly as it is stated
- Change any statement into a question
We discussed differences between open and closed questions. Then I asked them to look over their lists for math vs. non math questions. We will revisit this task and their questions next week.
#myfavorite thanks to Chris & Mary
Two Nice Things
Poster @algebrainiac created from @misscalcul8’s #myfav from #tmc12
I made a Two Nice Things one years ago…here you go. It prints nice and large to go across front of room. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5mQIWrUZMxDRlk5RWNENjJ0U2M …
And ended the day with Sara’s HW for students to answer the question What is Math?
I’ve done the name tents for a while now. I believe it was @druinok and AVID or @rachelrosales that I learned from. Last year @saravanderwerf’s communication grid was added to inside of the tent. So I toom the 4 getting to know you corner questions and created a kahoot of my answers. Possible responses…
I am looking to incorporate table folders as described by @druinok in this post.
When I asked about how the tables were labeled, someone tweeted this idea – to use mathematicians as table names. Hmmm. I like that idea. As I began to search, I attempted to include a diverse group in hopes to encourage all of my learners.
I am actually considering using alphabetical names for my mind’s sake. I have 7 tables and plan to find a ladder to hang the tags above each table before leaving school today.
So, who is your favorite mathematician I should include and why?
Please feel free to share ideas on other ways you label your groups/tables.
I apologize for the closed access earlier. New links should work.
On tables, I had clear frames with directions. Some were informational, while others were to “entertain” while waiting. Copy of Table Signs File
- Homeroom items to pick up.
- Class Brochure
- Data Collection with Graphing Sum of Dice
- Class Supplies / Calculator
- Which One Doesn’t Belong
- Would You Rather
Someone asked about the Parent Communication Survey – basic information, contact preferences but also these questions included:
Just copy files and adjust as needed if you can use them.