# Dan Finkel, Tiny Polka Dots, & Planning

https://youtu.be/masRik4oZps   Interesting Resources: Dan Finkel's TED Talk Christina Tondevold's Build Math Minds Community Tiny Polka Dots Game YouCubed on YouTube

# #1ProblemChallenge

I have an end of year challenge for you. Disclaimer: there are many ways we can make this challenge higher leverage, involving academic discourse, naming strategies, connections to real-world contexts. I'm keeping it simple, folks. Just see what happens. And then comment and share!! Rules: In one of your upcoming math lessons, only use ONE … Continue reading #1ProblemChallenge

# “Broken Lesson”

We think that a lesson means one learning experience for the students. I’m not asking, I’m stating. We may say we don’t believe that, but nearly all of the lessons I have taught & observed have students engaging in a single learning experience. Two of the most memorable lessons I’ve seen sent the students to … Continue reading “Broken Lesson”

# Math Design Challenge

I was in a 5th grade class today. They were reviewing homework. Not the homework given by the textbook, but homework that the teacher had hand-created the day before. Can I call that "bespoke homework"? It's not clothing, so probably not, but these kids were certainly trying on something new... The teacher asked students to … Continue reading Math Design Challenge

# Find Regularity in Repeated Reasoning

I have a question… We look for regularity in multiplication in many ways. And one way we learn multiplication is repeated addition. Additionally, we learn how to add together strings of 3 addends (we rarely ask students to add more than 3 addends, unless we’re working on mastery of 2.NBT.6). It seems like you could … Continue reading Find Regularity in Repeated Reasoning

# Busy Bee Summer Resources

Updated 6/24/16 Resources I will be using throughout the summer: Jo Boaler's latest work about finger discrimination and having a math mindset. --> Interested in Jo Boaler's work? Take her online course (MOOC)! She has a Kid's version which is free and totally adult-friendly, or you can pay for the full version for Parents & … Continue reading Busy Bee Summer Resources