Happy Monday! Welcome to another volume of Monday Must Reads, my weekly-ish attempt at capturing the amazing ideas shared by (mostly) math teachers on twitter. I hope you find an idea or two to use in your own classroom or to share with a coworker. This week’s volume features not only inspiring math teaching ideas but ideas from physics, chemistry, and Spanish. I am a firm believer that learning from teachers of other subjects improves our teaching.
Random Variables Would You Rather
Julia Anker shares a Would You Rather? Question for introducing combining random variables.
Mark Kaercher shares a VERY COOL truchet wall that he installed outside his classroom. My students were trying to make designs using the panda squares puzzle the other day, so I think I need to make a set of these truchet tiles for them to make designs with!
Create Your Own Visual Patterns
Mark Chubb inspires by having students create their own visual patterns.
Physics-Themed Halloween Costumes
Looking for some Halloween costume inspiration? Check out this thread where Emily shares a different physics-themed costume to every quantum mechanics lecture in October. I wish I could pull something off like this for math!
Erick Lee shares a polynomial-based WODB task.
How it Started…How it’s Going
I am a big fan of this “How It Started…How It’s Going” structure to get students to realize how far they have come in their learning throughout the year. This example is from Amy Lenord, a Spanish teacher, but I would love to see math teachers adapt the idea for their own classrooms!
Transformations Around the School Activity
Laura Williams engages students with an activity that gets them moving around the school while practicing rotations, reflections, and translations. So fun!
Puzzle Day Reflection Sheet
I am blown away by the thoughtfulness that Michelle Lemmon put into this Puzzle Day reflection sheet that she has her students complete after working on various puzzles. She has graciously offered to share the reflection form she created so you can use/modify for your own classroom!
These element haikus from Megan Denman‘s students are BRILLIANT. They make me want to have my students write math haikus soon.
Teaching the Chain Rule with Cups
Teaching calculus? Check out this idea for teaching the chain rule with cups from Chris Bolognese.
Until next time, keep sharing your awesome ideas! Want even more ideas? I suggest checking out previous volumes of Monday Must Reads!
Looking for more brilliant ideas? Check out Volume 91 of Monday Must Reads.