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#TMC14 GWWG: Talking Points Activity – cultivating exploratory talk through a growth mindset activity This activity is the one I am most excited about bringing to #TMC14 and to the Group Work Working Group. My intention is to blog more about how this goes during the morning sessions. I also hope that participants will blog more about this too and contribute resources to the wiki. Exploratory talk is the greatest single predictor of whether group work is effective or not, yet most symmetrical classroom talk (peer talk) is either cumulative (positive but uncritical) or disputational (merely trading uncritical disagreements back and forth). This activity is based on Lyn Dawes’ Talking Points activity but has been adapted for use within a restorative practices framework. It’s a great way to practice circle skills (i.e., respecting the talking piece) and get students to practice NO COMMENT (i.e., trying to score social points rather than focusing on the task at hand).

To infinity... and beyond: @mathschallenge 6 Over four months pass since @mathschallenge 4, and then you get two sets in two days... Lucky people! Download the set from Dropbox here. 3acts 2016 Oct 7. I was wrong about everything below. After admitting defeat to #bottleflipping, my commenters rescued the lesson. I’m sorry. Mathematical Mindset Teaching Guide, Teaching Video and Additional Resources We have designed a Mathematical Mindset Guide to help teachers create or strengthen a growth mindset culture. This guide contains five Mathematical Mindset Practices along with links to teaching videos. The videos all show Jo and Cathy teaching middle school students. There are different stages described in each practice to help capture the journey of a mathematical mindset classroom and the evidence teachers may collect along the way for their own reflection or for discussion with colleagues. The guide has been designed for teachers to use in the process of self-reflection, or for coaches or administrators to use to encourage a mindset teaching culture. In the interactive version of the guide on this web page, you can click on the arrow buttons in the Expanding descriptors to see a short extract of Jo/Cathy teaching in the ways described.

Top rated maths starters - FlashMaths.co.uk Top rated maths starters Maths Misconceptions Number Grids Angle Estimator Rapid Reaction Test LEGO Quest Kids: Final Challenge - Quest # 52 Monday, October 1, 2012 Final Challenge - Quest # 52 For the final challenge I will ask you all to browse the previous 51 quests, pick your favourite and complete it. Making Maths: Clinometer A clinometer is a tool that is used to measure the angle of elevation, or angle from the ground, in a right - angled triangle. You can use a clinometer to measure the height of tall things that you can't possibly reach to the top of, flag poles, buildings, trees. Follow the directions below to create your own clinometer. You will need: Maths starters - FlashMaths.co.uk Maths starters Algebra Key Words Angle Estimator Dice Target Digit Grids Drag and Drop Venn Diagrams

Algebra This page lists recommended resources for teaching algebraic topics at Key Stage 3/4. Huge thanks to all individuals and organisations who share teaching resources. Quick links: Forming Expressions | Simplifying Expressions | Expanding Single Brackets | Expanding Double Brackets | Expanding Cubics | Factorising (Single Brackets) | Rearranging Formulae | Substitution | Linear Sequences | Non-Linear Sequences | Linear Equations | Inequalities | Quadratic Inequalities | Linear Graphs | Quadratics | Trial & Improvement | Iteration | Simultaneous Equations | Algebraic Fractions | Functions | Graphing Functions | Graph Transformations | Algebraic Proof and Identities | Equation of Circle & Tangent | Gradient of a Curve | Area under a Graph | Revision [back to top] Expanding Double Brackets

Rational Mathematics Education: Khan, you bloodsucker! KHAAAAAN! (More musings on the Khan Academy) Why do many well-meaning (and some not-so-well-meaning) people think that the Khan Academy is THE panacea for various woes, perceived and real, in US mathematics education? Perhaps no one has expressed love for Sal Khan and his on-line videos than a recent anonymous commentator on my last blog piece (way back in November 2011): "Wont' Get Khanned Again: How Can Education Help Democracy Trump Capitalism?" This anonymous poster wrote:

Operation Build a Bridge and Get Over It - Activity Summary Students act as structural engineers and learn about forces and load distributions as they follow the steps of the engineering design process to design and build small-scale bridges using wooden tongue depressors and glue. Teams brainstorm ideas that meet the size and material design constraints and create prototype bridges of the most promising solutions. They test their bridges to see how much weight they can hold until they break and then determine which have the highest strength-to-weight ratios. They examine the prototype failures to identify future improvements. Sample work STEM Stage 2: Activity 12 – Build a bridge Description of activity Students design and construct a bridge using a variety of materials to carry a given mass. They will incorporate knowledge about shapes into their design to build strong structures. This activity takes approximately 2 hours for:

Teachers TryScience Bridge design has changed and improved over time. The “clapper bridge” is one of the earliest types of bridges. This is a low bridge that is made of flat stones or logs. The “clapper bridge” is a natural bridge. Ancient Romans refined bridge building. Engineering a Bridge This lesson will involve your students in geometry and measurement as they work as civil engineers to design and build their own bridge. OBJECTIVE Students will be able to: Identify how geometry affects bridge design and function and apply that knowledge to the design and construction of a bridge.

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