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?