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It’s already Monday once again. This summer is flying by crazy fast. At this rate, I’m afraid I will blink and it will be August 12th and time to report back. As I continue to think ahead to next school year and the ideas I want to try out, I turn once again to my twitter likes. I try to go through these on a semi-regular basis and compile my favorite ideas in a volume of Monday Must Reads to share with you all. I find that the compilation process helps me remember these great ideas and increases the likelihood that I will actually implement some of them in my own classroom.
I hope you can find some inspiring ideas in this compilation to use in your own classroom!
Rob Maddock shares an amazing lesson that combines spaghetti, probability, and triangles.
Color-coded quadrilateral projects from Timikia Ramsey. Amazing work! Almost makes me wish I taught geometry…
Laura Vogel compiled her pre-calc students’ ABC list of topics covered into a picture book for her 11 month old. How cool!
Launching water balloons sounds like a fun way to practice modeling quadratics to me! Great idea, Holly Olmscheid!
for a way to figure out how to focus test review on what students
really need help with? Check out this tally method from Annie Giercyk.
Have any jumbo playing cards laying around? Check out this Card Sharks game idea from Jennifer Fairbanks!
Also, check out Jennifer‘s cool coloring station in her classroom.
Laura Montgomery takes the usual Desmos art assignment to another level with laser cutting the designs in wood for end of year gifts.
Chelsea Cleveland shares an easy way to boost students’ positive thinking.
What a lovely quadrilateral task from Amie Albrecht!
Also, check out this Guess Who game for quadrilaterals!
It doesn’t have anything to do with math, but I love this school tradition that Mandy shared.
Joel Bezaire shares a peek into his awesome Linear Olympics! Read his full blog post here.
Callie Hughes Gray shows what can happen when you give students an option to “Wow me” on a project.
Check out this amazing logarithm task from Math with P. Nik.
I bet Bob Lochel‘s students won’t forget “Scratch Off Lottery Ticket Day” in stats class!
Designing cakes in math class? Check out this lesson from Kurt Salisbury!
Elizabeth Johnson shares a real-world project for examining data of daylight from different cities.
The OMHS Math Department recommends teaching circle theorems with hula hoops. How fun!
Christina Salvatore shares an alternative to your normal end of unit test.
shares a brilliant rainbow-themed equation review. I really appreciate
his inclusion of equations students hadn’t seen before as “pots of
Silvio Lioniello shares a real-world application of finding composite areas.
Teaching calculus? Check out the “derivers license” that Kerri
‘s students can earn.
shares some amazing golden rectangle art projects.
I really like this idea of goal free problems for teaching geometry/trigonometry. Thanks for the idea, Beth Plaw
shares a great idea for getting students to wrap their minds around
opposite, adjacent, and hypotenuse in relation to right triangle trig.
is making me think that I need to get a button/badge making machine…
‘s approach of starting his pre-calc classes with “Don’t Panic!” problems is refreshing and inspiring.
trig students really excelled at proving trig identities this year.
But, when I put a question on their final that asked them to justify
each step, it was like I had asked the impossible of them. So, this idea
from Coach Perales
really caught my eye.
first learned to play Nim as a sixth grader in math class. I’ve always
played with physical objects like stones, pencils, popsicle sticks
So, I was super intrigued to see nim played on paper. Thanks to Donna Buckley
for the idea! Plus, they look like cute little Christmas trees!
I think we could all learn something from this approach by Sam Aguiar
of giving students a quadratics problem on their assessment that they had never seen before.
This dot to dot approach from Math with P Nik
could be applied to so many different math topics!
I’m super inspired by these unit circle medals from Janene Ward
shares a brilliant use of Desmos for giving students “just enough” information and asking them to figure out the rest.
shares an interesting last assessment question. I believe the extra
grading time would be worth it to see what students are able to come up
shares how to play a paper-based version of egg roulette.
Until next time, keep sharing your awesome ideas!
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