Thursday, 25 December 2014

T.H.I.N.K

I first came across this acronym at Teachers College Summer PD at Columbia from a fellow teacher. I noted it down, but soon got swept up in the busyness of work. Then....on Facebook it popped up again. What I believe started as suggestions for managing actions on digital media (as seen below) - it can too be easily applied to our everyday interaction in the classroom.

Below are links to print ale posters that I would use in the classroom setting:


Monday, 22 December 2014

Post-It Debrief

To introduce slope intercept form (y = mx + b), I used an explore activity to get students thinking like mathematicians. Encouraging them to look for patterns and make generalizations. In this activity, they used the graphing calculator and instructions to be guided though sets of equations.

The next lesson, I had a prepared poster and two sticky post-it notes for each student. As a Warm Up, I allowed them to look back on their responses from the activity and write an observation, statement, something of interested or a question. Here are some of their responses. 
PicStitch of Responses
This type of routine, was an interesting alternative to a discussion - which can sometimes be dominated by individuals and not allowing every student to share. It made everyone accountable in a non threatening way to write something, have their option valued and encourage risk taking since it was anonymous. 


The end product looks like this whih we had hanging in our classroom. Each my Algebra 1 classes made one which I hung together in the classroom - LOVED IT.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Real life Family of Functions


In Algebra 1 we introduce the idea of different functions early in Functions Unit. We spend same time doing application questions from the Connecticut Tech High Schools. Afterwards I set my students the task of taking photos of these parent functions being modeled in real life. Its the first time I have tried this and worked well. It proved to create a striking visual collage for our room and extension to seeing math in everyday situation.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Beauty of Mathematics


Cool little clip showing some everyday occurrences though a mathematical lens. Really nice! Definitely watch it in FULL screen mode.
Shows an equation, schematic image and real life image simultaneously.