Mar
9
2015

Monday Math Minute (Pi Day Edition)

Math teachers, in general, are usually good at following a schedule and sticking to a routine, unless it is the week leading up to March 14.  Pi Day is an international holiday in the eyes of math teachers all across the world. I also recently learned that March 14 happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday […]

Mar
2
2015

Monday Math Minute (Mar. 2, 2015)

How aggravating is it to look at a student’s paper and see only the answers written (sometimes incorrectly) with nothing else?  Well, turn their problem solving into a game!  One simple roll of the die can help guide students to explain and communicate their thinking on paper when solving problems.

Mar
1
2015

OKMath Quotables: Curious Mind

Replace indifference with curiosity. Replace consumption with creativity. Replace competition with collaboration. Replace isolation with conversation. Michael Fenton is one of a few folks out there who help me see through some of the distractions around what good teaching looks like. With so much emphasis on technology in the classroom, Michael questions whether or not […]

Feb
23
2015

Monday Math Minute (Feb. 23, 2015)

Specific values of coins is sometimes hard for kids to conceptualize because the size of coins doesn’t quite match the value.  You can use unifix cubes and a hundreds board to really drive home the understanding that different coins have different values.           

Feb
22
2015

OKMath Quotables: Perplexity

Capture Perplexity Share Perplexity Resolve Perplexity While Dan Meyer’s presentation starts with a focus on technology, he explores tools that help him create great learning opportunities for students. His talk has many implications for the instructional design process and how he so desperately pursues perplexity. [Read Dan’s original post about his CUE Presentation here.] As he begins to […]

Feb
20
2015

Need Money?

Grant Funding Available

Are you wanting to attend a professional development but your school doesn’t have the funds to send you? Do you want to implement a new strategy or tool in the classroom but no money? What would you do if your desires could be funded? I am very familiar with this situation. Rather than admit defeat, […]

Feb
18
2015

Seeking advice on number lines vs number paths…

Apple by Stephen JB Thomas from The Noun Project

Seeking advice from my early elementary teachers… I recently shared this article because, well, it is great stuff. However, one part has been popping up in my thoughts several times. The author says that, for Kindergarten and First, it may be more helpful to use a number path instead of a number line. I read […]

Feb
11
2015

What Are You Testing?

[This post originally appeared on Random Teacher Thoughts. Anthony Purcell currently teaches 6th grade mathematics in Enid, OK.] Ok, I’m jumping on my soap box . . . well sort of. My students are currently working on Mean, Median, and Mode in class. It is a tested standard. For those who need a review: Mean: Average […]

Feb
10
2015

Balancing Act

Opening Activity Tiffany shared an opening activity called Apple on a Desk where the teacher describes a scenario in which she asks what forces are working on this apple that is just sitting there…doing nothing… (I am glad Tiffany didn’t have a real apple to watch because, reading this I was completely imagining watching the […]

Feb
10
2015

Monday Math Minute (Feb. 9, 2015)

I know it is a little early to start thinking about Easter but we all have some of those plastic eggs laying around our house, so why don’t you turn them into manipulatives? Check out this blog about using them for a telling time match game and matching addition problems with their answers!