Category Archives: activity

One graph. Ten minutes. An important conversation.

At the beginning of class I showed this to my students: They came up with lots of interesting things. There are three variables They are functions They are different colors The units are millions and years The scale for the … Continue reading

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Sidewalk Math

Every time the weather gets turns favorable, I get inspired to grab some sidewalk chalk and do #sidewalkmath. It’s been a thing for me the last couple of years. It’s a great way to promote public displays of math (which … Continue reading

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Write me a letter

I need to improve how I get to know my students at the beginning of the school year. I already knew that I was weak on this front, but when Sara VanDerWerf detailed launching tasks by creating context that honors students, it really inspired me … Continue reading

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Mental Math

Continuing the process of letting some ideas breath on the blog this summer. Here’s another. It’s a simple activity for those few unexpected extra minutes near the end of the period…or if I just want to hit them with some quick mental stimulation. I picked … Continue reading

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Contemplate then Calculate

I’m taking a Structured Inquiry course this summer offered by New Visions for Public Schools. As part of the course, we are required to design a Contemplate then Calculate instructional routine and rehearse it with the class. David Wees and Kaitlin Ruggiero have both done some … Continue reading

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