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It’s almost August. I report the 10th for New Hire Orientation. Where has this summer gone?!? To help get myself in back-to-school mode, I decided it was time to put together a new volume of Monday Must Reads. This blog series is an attempt to highlight the awesomeness of other math teachers around the world. Hopefully you find a useful idea or two!

Population Density Activity

Eric Appleton shares an intriguing use of manipulatives for discussing population density.

Human Unit Circle

This outdoor unit circle from Alex Fogelson looks like a lot of fun!

Former Student Inspiration

I love how Jason Thurmond hung a soccer player under each dry erase board and the name of the college they later went to play for above each board. So inspiring!

Quarter the Cross Card Sort

This Quarter the Cross card sort from Amie Albrecht looks awesome!

On the topic of quartering things, check out this task from White Rose Maths Secondary.

Here’s another great task from White Rose Maths Secondary.

Unit Circle Wall Decor

Julia Anker shares an inspiring picture of her classroom. I need to have my students make unit circles to decorate the walls!

Life Size Coordinate Plane

I want to go and work at John Weed‘s school. Check out this life-size coordinate plane!

Vectors with Cuisenaire Rods

David Butler shares a new use for cuisenaire rods: 3D vectors!

Triangle Puzzle

Autism Plus Math offers up an interesting puzzle.

Diamond Problems

Shaun Carter shares some resources for using diamond problems in your classroom.

Michele Walter shares a great linear regression task involving stolen cookies. This looks like fun!

I also love this March Madness activity from Michele Walter!

Finding Pi Activity

I love this finding pi activity from Annette Williams.

Extreme Values Activity

The idea of acting out what happens to the mean/median/mode when extreme values are added is brilliant. Thanks to Reva Slone for the idea!

Trig Bowties

Rebecca McKee inspires with trig bowties. Can you tell I’m teaching pre-calc next year and looking for ALL the ideas?

Sticker Surveys

Cassie Reynolds has me wondering how I could use sticker surveys in my own classroom!

Ecofriendly Estimation

Nicole Brooks shares a great idea for exploring surface area.

Dorm Room Design Project

This dorm room scale factor challenge looks fun! Thanks to Jessica Pacheco for sharing!

Piecewise Open Middle Puzzle

I love these open-middle and WODB problems for Pre-Calc from Tangentz.

How Many Possible Values?

I can see this structure from Gareth Metcalfe being really useful!

History of Multiplication

Thanks to Jo Morgan, I now know a lot more about the history of multiplication. Very interesting stuff!

Solving Logarithm Equations with Substitution

I’ve never quite seen this type of logarithm problem solved this way. Mind blown thanks to Patrick Beal.

Calculympics

Kate Ross knows how to make AP Calc prep fun: Calculympics!

Absolute Value WODB

Mary Williams shares a WODB for Absolute Value graphing. Love the idea of having students create their own!

John Rowe shares a triangle based Open Middle Problem.

Introducing Riemann Sums

Jossie Forman shares a brilliant introduction to Riemann sums.

Course Map

I also love how Jossie posts all the units for the year on the wall and moves an arrow to show where they are in the course of the units.

Pop Up Cube Net

This pop-up cube net from Miss McElderry is mind-blowing. Be sure to click through to watch the video!

What was the Question?

Chris Lee shares an interesting prompt based on an ad. Given the working, what was the question?

Until next time, keep sharing those awesome ideas!