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.
We have opening day for teachers and open house tomorrow night. I am always nervous to meet new students and parents. Scared. Because I want to be great for them, I want to value their time. I want them to learn and think and be challenged. Somewhere in the mix, I want them to at least not *hate* math.
The past couple of years have been, well, not my best. I chose to disconnect – because things were happening out of my control and I quickly became bitter. So as not to spread that ugly, contagious monster at school, I added space between myself and most everyone in proximity at school. I trusted no one. I gave up. I walked into my classroom and I left. It was miserable. This is not the work life I wanted, but it felt safe to isolate. It seems selfish looking back now. But I needed time to heal, forgive. Sadly, my students did not get the best me and that breaks my heart. I apologize.
Last year in an effort to dig my way back, my friend and I read a book Choosing Joy (kindle is only $0.99 right now). Its a 52-week devotional with a 4-page format. Easy, but challenging. I was reminded that no matter what, I get to choose. I plan to pull the book out again this year for frequent reminders.
I almost didn’t attend TMC17. Even being a veteran, the voices in my head – nearly convinced me I shouldn’t go. I had submitted my proposal way back when – I wasn’t sure if anything I had to share would benefit anyone. I have such respect for this community, I didn’t want to waste their time. My friend, the book fairy said, “But you love math camp. It re-energizes you.” She was right. Its what I needed. A BIG, jumbo shot of mathy-filled joy to jumpstart this school year.
I had 2 things on my list I wanted to learn more about and experience #talkingpoints and #clotheslinemath. I’ve dabbled in both, but never saw them completely through for what they can be. So, my #1TMCthing will be these 2 actually. I teach Algebra I – basically 3 levels CP using Springboard Curriculum, Algebra I – using our own resources, and Collaborative with Co-Teaching Model. I am excited to see how each of these routines / tools will play out with all of my students. My goal to implement each one time in each unit.
This may seem odd, I see both of these supporting my goal of intentional vocabulary / literacy strategies. Several years ago, I worked hard at implementing ideas with this focus – I need to refine and focus on these as well.
I need to be very intentional about my self-care. In order to be my best for my family and my students, I need to make better choices for my health and down time. Ideas:
- take a 5-10 min brain break to recharge somewhere in the middle of the school
- read for pleasure throughout the school year.
- journaling my food.
- #FitBOS to work towards my activity goals. S/O here to @sarah3martin for always including me in fitbit weekly challenges. Thank you.
So I will protect my self-care time by including it on my calendar, sadly this gives me permission to do it without guilt.
I have worked very hard for several years learning about formative assessment, questioning and closure activities for reflection. I intend to continue working to improve these and keep using some that I have found to be very beneficial to my students. But improving and being more intentional with my follow-up tasks to the formative assessments.
I would also like to continue implementing some of the big ideas from our chat on #Makeitstick a couple of summers ago, that Anna does an amazing job of sharing in her posts and presentations. Spaced practice, interleaving, being intentional and explicit about retrieval practice.
And I will continue life-lessons in my classroom – that’s what kids will take-a-way in the end. (If you have questions about this poster, just ask.)
When I was younger, I remember wanting to “Be a Barnabas” – yeah. That too.