WIU Thinking Mathematically From Minute One Presentation 4/13/18

I miss blogging a lot. I am looking forward to being done with my Masters in 4.5 weeks and done with wedding planning in 2.5 months so that I have some free time back. I have a lot of drafts and pictures to share – hope I can remember what they’re all about when I am ready to blog!

I am giving a presentation at Western Illinois University for the Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers Conference about Warm Ups. I thought I might get bored of presenting about warm ups, but every time I do it I am just so excited to share!

The Google Slides presentation is below. There have been a few updates that I’ve made to my warm ups. I plan to share them on my blog soon!

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Un jour, je vais publier les brouillons qui m’attendent et ma temps libre.

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Student Submitted Warm Ups 2017

My process for collecting student submitted warm ups was way better this year than before. I made a Google Form that I posted onto my class website about a month before school ended. I think it gave them 4-5 of each day they could submit for, and I just took the first completed forms. The only difference in the Google Form I’m sharing here and the one I used was that instead of asking for a sharing link, I actually had them share a file from their Google Drive, which I think is just available for schools.

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This next image is the way I viewed the submissions. I had it set so that I got a notification whenever a new form was submitted. I highlighted a submission in reddish-orange if there was something about it that made it so I couldn’t use it (usually that they didn’t fully answer a part of it). I highlighted in yellow if it was good and I just still had to show it. I highlighted it in green after I showed it to the class. Unfortunately it didn’t tell me when students had changed their submission, so that was something I had to check with individuals.
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I was really impressed with what students submitted! I actually only got one Would You Rather…I was really surprised that I got so many Which One Doesn’t Belongs because those are the hardest, in my opinion, to make, but when I asked it was because they liked those the best. I was also super impressed with the explanations that some students gave. There was a pretty low bar for what would be “complete” (see row 12 that just says “It shows math”) but for the most part there were really great, well thought out responses.

J’ai amélioré quelque chose!

ICTM Western Regional Presentation – Thinking Mathematically from Minute One

Here are my slides and documents from my presentation for the ICTM Western Regional Math Conference on 4/28/17. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or want to bounce ideas off me!

Thinking Mathematically from Minute One Slides

Downloads:
Handout: .docx (editable)       .pdf
Warm Up Sheet: .docx (editable)    .pdf

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Please share with me if you end up using any of the resources that were shared in this presentation. I love to hear how you make these things work in your classroom!

MMC Thinking Mathematically in Daily Warm Ups Presentation

Here are my slides and documents from my presentation for the MMC Conference of Workshops on 1/28/17. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or want to bounce ideas off me!

Thinking Mathematically in Daily Warm Ups Google Slides

Downloads:
Handout: .docx     .pdf
Warm Up Sheet: .docx (editable)    .pdf

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Please share with me if you end up using any of the resources that were shared in this presentation. I love to hear how you make these things work in your classroom!

 

 

I Have A Real Hard Time With Number Talks And I Need Help

I Have A Real Hard Time With Number Talks And I Need Help

That’s it.

Well it could be, but I’ll elaborate 🙂

So I really do like the concept of number talks. Using things like Fawn’s http://www.mathtalks.net/ and http://www.visualpatterns.org/. Using Sara’s Visual Pattern strategy. Doing dot talks and having the kids use a thumbs up and then additional fingers to indicate how many ways they can visualize or find the solution. I think it’s great and I want to do it all in my classes. But I just haven’t been able to get it to work. It’s always just like 10% of the class that is actually into it, others just putting a thumbs up so I can move on and then saying “I don’t know” when I ask them to share. These number talk days also take the longest out of all my warm ups, probably because I want to go farther into them than most students want to. And it kills me because we’d get great work done on the patterns or number talks, but really it would be me and a few other students and the others would just be checked out, waiting for me to finish so they could copy it down.

As I’m writing this, I am realizing Dylan just basically posted about the same thing, and he actually put out a possible solution. Thank you Dylan. The issue I see in my classes for Dylan’s method is that it just takes a lot of time. I no longer have the luxury of the 90 minute block. I have 50 minutes, and that’s not a lot of time. But it might be a good idea to try this with partner work for a little bit next semester. Maybe I can shave it to 1-2 minutes on your own, 1 minute partner share, 1-2 minutes full class discussion? Maybe I just stay satisfied with not getting to the formula in the warm up unless we fly through it.

I will say this, though: I have way more students engaged in the visual patterns than in the number talks, like which is greater out of 88 x 36 or 86 x 38. I think numbers just freak some kids out.

I really really really want to keep doing visual patterns at least in my warm ups, but I just don’t know if I can make it actually happen for all of my students. Any other helpful hints? Does anyone else have this experience?

Une note incohérente, mais j’ai besoin d’aide.

Warm Up Plan for This Year #MTBoSBlaugust

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I probably should have had a plan before the school year started, but here’s what I’m thinking for warm ups this year:

Monday – Estimation 180

Tuesday – Number Talk/Visual Patterns like what Sara says (even though she says to do it all in a row instead of once per week but oh well)

Wednesday – Notice and Wonder with 101qs

Thursday – Debate with Would You Rather Math and Which One Doesn’t Belong

Friday – Reflection (one good thing, what you learned, what you need help with) and a different warm up each week. Set, counting circles, graphing stories, other fun things from Lisa and Jessica’s TMC16 session. That could be a terrible idea or maybe it’ll be great. I don’t know. We’ll see.

I want to go back to having a sheet for warm ups. Here’s what I have so far. What do you guys think I should change? I’ll make it all pretty this weekend.

Daily Warm Up Sheet (docx)

Daily Warm Up Sheet (pdf)

M’aidez s’il vous plaît.