This week marks my school’s last full week of school before fall break. I’m looking forward to the chance to take a bit of a break from the daily grind of school and reflect on what is working well and what isn’t working at all.
Today, as I do almost every Monday, I’m sharing great ideas I have seen on Twitter and various math-y and science-y blogs over the past week or so. Enjoy reading about some great ideas!
@druinok shares a great list of must-read books for math teachers on her blog this week. Want proof that the list is a good one? I’ve purchased three of these books (out of five) in the past based on her recommendation!
How Long is the Test?
Adam Cross shares a great answer to a commonly asked question that all teachers should have up their sleeve!
2 Truths and a Lie Gallery Walk
National Taco Day System of Equations
MATH = LOVE RECOMMENDS…
I cannot imagine teaching math without my dry erase pockets! They instantly make any activity more engaging and save me countless hours at the copy machine since I can use the same class sets of copies year after year.
Here are my current go-to recommendations:
Tongue Rolling Data Collection
Maya Maroun shares an easy way to up the engagement in math class. Take an example from the textbook and replace it with your own data!
Physics Review Cards
Sumiyya Iqbal shares a photo of physics equation review cards created by a student. Love the use of color with a purpose!
Arrows for Interactive Notebooks
Closer to 0 or 10?
Lana Pavlova poses an interesting question to her students. I wonder how my students would respond…
Mini Poster Presentations
Atomic Models with Cereal
Steph Hoover combines cereal with science to create atomic models. Fun!
Mr. Fredericks took an idea from my blog and made it a million times better. I love how he has students write the inequalities BOTH ways! Stealing this idea for next year!
Finger Grab Brain Break
Mr. Fredericks also shares a fun brain break to use in the classroom.
Measuring Speed Activity
Jonathan Ackley gets his students measuring speed in what is possibly the most fun way ever.
Chemistry Ceiling Decorations
David Bushdiecker inspires with his awesome room decor hanging from the ceiling!
Alex Adams turned Dan Meyer’s number tricks into an awesome notebook page.
Lewis Structures with Pretzels and Candy
Destinee Johnson makes me excited to teach about Lewis structures later in the year!
Which Expression is Bigger?
Cassandra Valenti sparks great conversation in class with an interesting exponent prompt.
Solving Equations with Cups and Cubes
Academic Coaches shares a great way to visualize solving equations using cups and cubes.
Flowers of Life Projects
Miss French shares the final results of a beautiful geometry project titled “Flowers of Life.”
Centroid Construction Quiz
Teach geometry? How would your students do on Halcyon Foster‘s Pass or Fail Centroid Construction Quiz?
Dry Erase Football
Jennifer Lastowski makes practicing solving equations fun with a game of dry erase football. Also, I love the hashtag posted above her dry erase boards!
INB Supplies for New Students
Elissa Miller shares a great tip for those who do interactive notebooks in their classrooms. Have a bag of supplies ready for that random new student who joins your class part way through the year.
Ashley Sergi makes z-scores fun by hosting a statistics olympics in her classroom.
Accuracy vs Precision
Michelle Vanhala put herself in a place of danger to illustrate the difference between accuracy and precision.
Fair or Not Fair?
Richard Cannon demos a fun way to discuss whether a game is fair or not.
Until next week, keep up the great sharing of ideas!