Well, Spring Break has come and gone. Instead of spending my days hiking in the mountains and dipping my feet into a rather freezing lake, it’s time to embrace factoring polynomials. To help get back in the teaching mindset, I’m once again compiling some of the awesomeness I’ve seen recently on twitter and in my RSS reader. Be warned: this is an epic volume of Monday Must Reads due to the fact that I took a week off due to Spring Break.
Lee C. Dawson shares an awesome image to use for a number talk/dot talk.
Mrs. Piacente-Cimini shares a photo of an awesome hallway mural at her school.
Mr Winstanley inspires with an awesome trig-inspired sun dial lesson.
I absolutely love these classroom decoration pics shared by Jodie Green!
Miss Green has inspired me to add “Research Columbus Cubes” to my never-ending to do list.
Laura Goetz combines calculus with Play-Doh in an awesome lesson.
Laura continues her use of non-traditional materials with this calculus lesson involving stickers and dental floss.
Linda Antinone poses an interesting question involving a koala and balloons.
Jean Annette Jones shares a photo that would be perfect for any lesson on converting units.
Jennifer Hooker inspires with an algebra-themed Graffiti Party.
Shana Coker takes a different twist on graffiti in the classroom – geometry style this time.
Also from Shana Coker: an awesome growth mindset bulletin board!
Becky Pickett shares a brilliant way to form lines of best fit using string and stickers!
Jennifer High shares a great way to introduce angles of elevation and depression.
And, now I need to add striped straws to my shopping list thanks to this awesome graphing linear inequalities lesson from Jennifer High.
Jennifer also shares an awesome geometry lesson involving shrinky dinks.
Katie England shares an intriguing exponent task.
Kevin Spry shares a math-y gift that I know most of my readers would love to have!
Fawn Nguyen shares an awesome visual for sparking a great discussion.
Looking to engage students? Check out this straw and tape activity from Erin Dwyer.
Suzanne von Oy shares an intriguing book recommendation, Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty.
Stephanie Nichols combines polynomials with an egg-citing egg hunt.
How adorable are these inequality valentines from Daria Resnick?!?
Mr Stackhouse shares an awesome alphabet based math project that I am definitely stealing either for next year or for the end of this this year!
Mr Stackhouse also shares an awesome surface area project.
Sabrina Grasso shares a brilliant use for a hula hoop while celebrating Pi Day.
I’ve seen skylines made of pi before, but Sarah Gyimoty takes it a step further with the first 180 digits of pi!
Sarah Gyimoty also shares a fun activity where students describe parabolas for the other student to draw. I always tend to forget about this powerful activity structure.
Mr. Topp has an awesome quote on his wall that I believe deserves sharing. “If you don’t like where you are, change it. You’re not a tree.”
Carrie Persing shares an awesome order of operations task where students must figure out where to place parentheses to make true statements.
Henrico County Math shares some great bulletin boards to improve mathematical communication.
I also really like this sorting task from Henrico County Math. I feel like this could be easily adapted to other math topics.
Simon Cox shares a photo of an inspiring math classroom in Azerbaijan.
Shaun Kennedy inspires with an escape room that he and a few other teachers built in his school.
Toni Madison took her lesson to the next level with Project Runway Geometry Edition. I love these quadrilateral inspired looks!
McSteiger Science shares several awesome projects for the STEM classroom.
Check out my Mathonymn.
Thanks to Christee Joesten, I now have plans to celebrate World Compliment Day next year.
Christee Joesten also shares a creative lesson for finding the foci of an ellipse.
Ms. Ferraro shares some awesome posters that every graphing calculator using math teacher needs!
I also love this idea from Ms. Ferraro to having students justify their preferred way of multiplying polynomials.
Lisa Edinger shares an inspiring photo of her sister’s math classroom which she turned into the set of Cake Boss to introduce their new unit.
Mrs. Lambert inspires with the use of washi tape to create pythagorean theorem problems.
Leslie Byrd has me wondering, “How do I get myself a coordinate plane rug?”
Colin Pettegrew shares a new-to-me visual for the real number system involving cups and ping pong balls.
Jennifer shares a fun, brain-break style activity that only requires some determination and a piece of paper.
Jeff Hottel shares a fun activity for the first week of school.
Jeff also shares a creative challenge involving Jenga blocks.
Mrs. G‘s radian aerobics activities makes me miss teaching trig!
Mrs. G inspires with a brown-bag trig challenge involving trig identities.
Mrs. G also shared an awesome linear investigation activity involving marshmallows.
MrsPop shares an activity called “Wall of Lies.”
MrsPop also inspires with end behavior dancing.
MrsPop continues her awesome twitter sharing with some parabolic curves.
Check out this awesome work on birthday polynomials from MrsPop‘s students.
Greta Bergman shares a WODB for exponent rules.
Mariah Bailey shares a fun review game involving a suction ball.
Kay Kubena shares a great stats activity involving da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
Lana Steiner shares an awesome yet unconventional manipulative for working with circles.
Stacey Travis shares a great hands-on lesson that only requires a tire.
I am amazed at Lisa Rode‘s creativity in creating these Pi Day trophies.
I love this bulletin board from Taylor McGaughey!
Needing some ideas to encourage your students to complete their assignments? Check out this competition from Kjersti Fried.
I really like how Matthew Oldridge has posed this question to be multiple choice.
Simon Gregg points out that playing card suits are a natural WODB. How cool!
Already thinking about next year’s Pi Day celebration? Make it a school wide celebration with this idea from Pep Anton Vieta.
Madelyne Bettis encourages sword play when introducing systems of linear equations.
Mr Knowles shares another great sequence task.
Until next time, keep up the awesome sharing of ideas!