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Hello and welcome to my 28th gems post. This is where I share five teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. 1. Math Snacks I spotted a tweet from @fawnpnguyen about the website Half Yellow Fraction Art Students explore part-whole relationships while creating unique designs! This math art project was discovered by my mentor teacher. Second and third graders were asked to create art using geometric pattern blocks. The only catch was that their design had to be half yellow, meaning they had to base their artwork around yellow hexagon blocks. Hello and welcome to my 29th Maths Gems. This is where I share five teaching ideas and resources I've seen on Twitter. 1. 5 Best Practices for Connecting STEAM with Special Ed My STEAM journey began five years ago as a special educator co-teaching 7th grade math and science. Immediately, my co-teacher and I contemplated how we could build more buy-in from our students. How could we plan hands-on lessons that would connect our math, science, and ELA (English Language Arts) standards? We also reflected on the missed opportunities that our students with special needs faced. These students oftentimes go to intervention classes in place of arts classes (technology, art, music, etc).

Hi and welcome to my 30th gems post. This is where I share some of the best teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. 1. Construction Comics Back in Gems 4 I featured Paul Collins' (@mrprcollins) brilliant comic resources for teaching constructions. STEAM Resources for Any Classroom Here’s a list of the many resources that are out there for STEM and STEAM: from explaining what it is, to sample lessons, to ways that it connects to the Arts. This is a living list, so please feel free to add any resources you have found in your travels in the comment section below! STEM presentations: Creating a Global Focus on STEM education is a very well-done powerpoint that gives a “big picture” to STEM. The STEM Education Coalition has a whole section of resource links to over 50 different presentations worldwide. The Journal highlights how teachers and administrators are looking for resources to support STEM.

Back in Gems 18 I featured five ideas from the first 100 issues of Chris Smith's newsletters. I promised I'd be back with more newsletter gems, so today's post features some highlights from issues 101 - 250. Chris's newsletters are very popular amongst maths teachers - he now has over 1,000 subscribers. Each week's newsletter is full of teaching ideas, puzzles, jokes and mathematical trivia - it's always a pleasure to read. Full STEAM ahead: Arts, STEM, and 21st century learning SmartBlogs It’s autumn in the Rockies and a season for debate and confrontation. In nature, the bugle call of the male elk woos mates and incites challengers for control of the harem. In politics, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney return again and again to the West to assert their positions. Why fight it? This month, let’s take a look at the argument for adding an “A” to STEM to create STEAM and acknowledge the role of the arts in 21st century learning.

Hello and welcome to my 31st gems post. This is where I share some of the best teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. 1. Ratio tables The new GCSE is going to have an increased focus on proportional reasoning. I enjoyed @MissNorledge's post about using ratio tables for non-calculator conversions. Project Steam Project Steam is a railway preservation society based in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is dedicated to the restoration of steam locomotives formerly operated by the New Zealand Railways Department, with its goal to restore at least one locomotive to main line operating conditions in order to operate excursions from Dunedin Railway Station. The society is currently the only one of its kind in Dunedin; the Ocean Beach Railway operates small tank locomotives but on private trackage, and the popular Taieri Gorge Limited is run solely by diesel locomotives.

MathsMuggle: Starter activity - Number of the Day I should start this post by explaining that this isn't my idea and I'm afraid that I have no clue where the original idea came from. If you know, I'd be interested to hear from you. My version of Number of the Day has been adapted from something that a colleague showed me about 5 years ago. I find this to be a very effective starter activity for a Maths lesson. Students are expected to complete a range of different questions using a particular number as their starting point. The questions cover aspects which would probably be considered as 'basic' number skills - the sorts of things that I want my students to be really confident about.