7.22.2016

#TMC16 Can't Turn Around

I've flown on a plane three times, TMC being two of those three. I'm still a little unfamiliar but mostly okay with how airports work.

Kind of like teaching.

I'm just walking around the airport following the crowd; I don't exactly know where I'm going but I'll read the signs and figure it out while I'm walking.

Kind of like teaching.

If I'm really lost, I could stand still and be upset. But that doesn't get me any closer to my destination. It's better for me to just stop and ask for help.

Kind of like teaching.

When the plane just sits on the ground for 30+ minutes, I can be upset that my time is being wasted, or I can do something productive with my time that is passing by anyway.

Kind of like teaching.

When I'm on the plane, I can do what I want to do like sleep or read a book and ignore everything around me. Or I can look out the window and enjoy and reflect on what's around me, what I see, and how I am part of an extraordinary, creative, very detailed, big picture.

Kind of like teaching.

When I'm driving on the Interstate, following the explicit GPS directions, and I miss a turn or make a wrong one, I could just pull over and give up. "Well. that's it guys, I'm just never going to get there." Or I just keep driving while the GPS gives me a new route to the same destination.

Kind of like teaching.

When I'm in a new city, I can go to all the same places like Wal-Mart, Target, Dollar Tree, and McDonalds. I'm comfortable with those. I know where everything is. I know how much things cost. Or I could go to new places like Lake Harriet, Lake Nokomis, Minnehaha Falls, Fat Lorenzo's, Noodle Company, Mesa Pizza, Davanni's, Broder's Pasta Bar, Mall of America, and Bubba Gump Shrimp and Co. I can see and enjoy things in moments that I can't get back, in moments that I'm not in my comfort zone.

You never know what you're going to get.

Kind of like teaching.

I can be overwhelmed by all the choices of streets, restaurants, and stores that I've never heard of, don't know how to get to, and don't know if I will like. Or I can pick one, plan a route, and try it. If I like it, I can go two nights in a row. If I don't like it, I can just not go there.

Kind of like teaching.

I can feel guilty about cost of traveling or I can be intentional about getting the most value out of the cost. I can feel guilty because I don't know how to fly a plane myself or I can be intentional about making the flight go as smoothly as possibly. I can worry about all the ways this plane could go down or I could focus on how amazing it is that this is my life and that traveling is so accessible and constantly improving. I can be afraid because I'm not in control of my own safety or the lives of everyone on the plane with me or I can choose to operate out of love instead of fear, to be the best passenger I can be, and to look on the bright side.

Kind of like teaching.

When I feel uncomfortable, afraid, guilty, upset, or lost, it kind of doesn't matter. I chose to drive to the airport. I chose to get on the plane. I chose to pick up a car and drive to a hotel.

All my choices led me here.

Why not choose the best? Why not choose to enjoy, to be grateful, to learn, to grow, to ask for help, to try something new, to take baby steps, to reflect, to plan new adventures year after year?

After all...

I can't turn around now.


7.21.2016

#TMC16 My Favorites


My favorites is probably the best PD strategy I've ever seen: let teacher's sign up to share something short or medium that is their favorite. It's great for people who can't think of a whole session to present.

{Hedge} SnagIt: 1) Capture student thinking (parent buy in) 2) How to videos 3) Editing tool
Fuse App: transfer your mobile content to full TechSmith products over the same wifi connection, document camera http://bit.ly/HedgesStuff

{Debbie Boden} Ms. Pac Man Transformations by Robert Kaplinsky

{Sam Shah} Explore (or have your Ss explore it) at explore-math.weebly.com

{David Wees} It takes time to create good questions. We ask over 2.5 million questions throughout our career. You've already asked a lot but you still have a lot of time and thousands of questions to left ask.

{Connie Haugneland} Mission Trips to Rawanda to share teaching strategies from #mtbos with schools who have limited to no resources.

{Jonathon Schoolcraft} Use Plickers for checks for understanding at the end of class and for WODB

{Anna Blinstein} Flipped Classroom (Feedback Meetings) Creating Cultures of Thinking book bit.ly/29Lf9hm 20 minutes meetings every two weeks; singles, pairs, or triads; you or student takes notes; discuss assignments of past two weeks; later sessions incorporate overall progress in the course and how they've incorporated past feedback

{Dave Slabol} Maps and Math Splitting up cities into NFL zones with perpendicular bisectors; Geogebra or pencil/paper

{Joel Bezaire} The Math Game With The Lame Name variable analysis.info

{Greg Taylor} Turn popular songs into math songs. 1. Videos exist already. 2. Have students write lyrics. 3. Do it yourself.

{Jonathon Claydon} Varsity Math- t-shirts, stickers, lazer tag

{Heather Kohn} Engineering Design Process; Doing math in an engineering framework;

{Edmund Harris} Second math coloring book comes out November 29th with two lesson plans

{Sara Vaughn} Plug in your sharpener out in the hallway. Students come in pre-sharpened. Students in other classes stop by to sharpen. The noise is no longer a distraction. Kids who mess with it get caught on camera.

{Brian Miller} Blog past by karimkai "On Purpose" 'conversations that matter- use math to understand concepts that make them better citizens

{Denis Sheeran} I See Math gigs is.com Make Google presentation, white background, default text
Slide 1. Title Slide 2. Picture Slide 3. Vague Guiding Questions We're used to seeing math. Shared folder tinyurl.com/ISeeMath

Smarty Pins Game smartypins.withgoogle.com Mixes maps and trivia
GeoGuessr

{Tom Hall} We do a disservice to our students when we don't admit we could do better. We expect students to admit failure but how often do we?

{Amy Zimmer} Culture Setting Icebreaker
1. Groups of 3
2. One piece of paper and one writing utensil
3. Determine oldest to youngest
4. Youngest- scribe, next-time keeper, next- make everyone introduce themselves, eldest- reporter
5. Collectively determine a favorite book, movie, game
6. Popcorn the list and massage the answers
7. Have reporter introduce group and favorite book, movie, game

{Max Ray-Riek} Triangle Congruence using Transformations
Games to work through triangle congruence shortcuts.

{Sue Van Huttum} book

{Jeremy Bloch} Learning about Coding in Math Class, Bootstrap algebraic video game programming, Bootstrap 1 builds on coding, Bootstrap 2 is coding from scratch

{Glenn Waddell} Make a decision to live outside your comfort zone and face your fears. You can't face your fears once and beat them; you have to keep facing them regularly. Fear is what keeps us separated.

{Kathryn Belmonte} Students use post-it's to write positive  notes in a gallery walk for INB assignments. Giving students a audience for their work increases the level of work they produce.

Nominations:
1. Ask students for nominations.
2. Display nominated work on the document camera.
3. The nomination must give a reason for the nomination.
*Any nominee can accept or decline.

{Megan Schmidt} we are all hard on ourselves and we need to be cognizant of that in people of all professions.

{Hannah Mesick} Write upcoming birthdays on a birthday board; give 5 bonus points for any assignment; use a Happy Birthday chair cover and write a dry erase message; use birthdays as an analogy for function mapping to determine the difference between functions and relations.

#TMC16 Getting Triggy With It: Interactive Trig {Kristen Fouss}

Getting Triggy With It: Interactive Trig
Kristen Fouss
Saturday 2:45-3:45
Goo.gl/RQ7tGI

1) Smartie Arc


2) Measure the angles of a triangle in radians; triangles equal 180 should equal 3.14 radians


3) Build the unit circle by building three for degrees, radians, and ordered pairs with patty paper; manipulate the party paper to form triangles in all four quadrants

4) Trig Wheel-two different colors, one in radians, one in degrees; cut out, cut dotted radius, and label;

5) Finger Trick

6) Stations

7) Jay Cutler timeline- write equation for graph and test it in Desmos

8) Plot your biorhythms

9) Interactive Quiz goo.gl/ntq6S0

#TMC16 Journaling and Writing in Mathematics {Anna Blinstein}

Journaling and Writing in Mathematics
Anna Blinstein
Sunday 4:00-5:00

What do you value in your classroom? How will more writing help you achieve this? What concerns do you have about more writing with students?

Writing helps:
-mathematical practices
-closes gender gaps (especially deeply reflective writing}

Incorporating:
-Start small
-Get buy in
-Make it regular
-Give feedback
-Ask students to reflect on their writing

Examples:
-ask on the bottom of quizzes/tests what question they were most proud of and which one was most challenging
-one thing I learned today is...
-name another lesson this reminded you of
-what's one thing you're the best at
-weekly reflection about something they've learned


Progress from short response to learning logs and journals, to formal write-ups.

Carmel Schettino's blog and rubrics

#TMC16 Using the Box Method {Anna Hester}

Using the Box (Area) Method to Create Coherence and Connections
Anna Hester
Saturday 4:00-4:30

The box method builds on the area model and creates coherence between operations.

Check out @gfletchy's multiplication video for background

Move from one arbitrary method (FOIL) to methods that connect and build (area model, box method).

Factoring Progression
GCF --> Difference of 2 Squares -->; Trinomials