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Monday Must Reads: Volume 81

It’s Monday yet again, so that means it’s time for a new volume of Monday Must Reads. This is my weekly-ish attempt at capturing the amazing ideas shared by other (mostly) math teachers on twitter. I hope you’ll join me today, and it is my goal that you find at least one inspiring idea to use in your own classroom!

I meant to put this volume out last Monday, but it didn’t happen. I haven’t been feeling well for over a month now. After two trips to the doctor in one week, I think I’m now hopefully on the mend. Let’s just say that I’ve learned my lesson, and I will never ignore my seasonal allergies ever again. Hoping they will just go away doesn’t work and leads to so many other issues. I’ve got lots of blog posts in my drafts folder, so I’m hoping I will have enough energy to send some of them out into the world this week!

Four Color Theorem Chickens

Sarah combined the Four Color Theorem with art to create some lovely mathematical chickens. What could your students create?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Sarah_Hants/status/1381572949824638978

Parabolas in the Real World

Robyn Glinnsman shares a great example of parabolas in the real world.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/GlinsmannMath/status/1380583830898176008

Simplifying Radicals with Polypad

Mark Kaercher blew my mind last week with this visual for simplifying radicals.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/shskaercher/status/1379150820890001411

Rational Exponents WODB

Also from Mark – a lovely WODB involving fractional exponents.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/shskaercher/status/1377590376408739842

Escape the Tomb Systems of Equations Lesson

Samantha Lindstrom inspires with an engaging “Escape the Tomb” lesson for introducing/reviewing systems of equations. When I asked for more details, she shared that it is actually an NCTM Illuminations lesson. How cool! Samantha suggests using slinkies for the springs.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mathclassstory/status/1379606021698560003

Mathematical Career Posters

These mathematical career posters from CLSG Maths are just lovely.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CLSG_Maths/status/1356332014434201601

Complex Numbers KenKen Puzzle

Bowen Kerins shares a KenKen puzzle with complex numbers. How fun!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/bowenkerins/status/1377747917054824448

Box Method GIF

Esther Brunat shares a lovely GIF for the box method. I also love her perspective of maybe it’s not a math issue but a visual organization issue! Be sure to click through to the original tweet to see the GIF in action!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/estherbrunat/status/1376934646223679509

Quadratic Formula Worksheet

Mr. Taylor highlights a lovely worksheet for practicing the quadratic formula. It is available to download for free on TES from Andy Lutwyche. The scaffolding on this worksheet is so good.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrTaylorMaths2/status/1377633154610176001

Inspiring Pattern Block Play

Hana Murray makes me want to just drop everything and play with pattern blocks.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MurrayH83/status/1376654601185763331

Dot to Dot with Exponents

Miss Konstantine shares some lovely dot to dot tasks for exponents. It turns out she has an entire page of free dot to dots for different math topics on her blog!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/giftedHKO/status/1376552917495377927

Classroom Entry Passwords

Tracey Adams shares a great set of passwords from Mike Butterbach that students must use to enter his classroom. Inspiring!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsTadamsMath/status/1324020880398340105

History of Pascal’s Triangle

Chris Bolognese inspires with a Desmos lesson he co-created with Emily Dennett to introduce students to the history of Pascal’s Triangle.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/EulersNephew/status/1369012832784809995

Exponential Decay Dream Car Project

I love Mr. Kretsch’s idea of having students use exponential decay to determine the value of their dream cars. I have some students who would definitely get into this project!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrKretsch/status/860485402838396929

Until next week, keep sharing your awesome ideas! Want even more ideas? I suggest checking out previous volumes of Monday Must Reads!

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