3 Practices to Promote Equity in the Classroom I recently observed a classroom where students were presenting history projects to rows of silent and obedient classmates. Though the projects were diligently constructed, I couldn't focus on their content because I was distracted by two facts: only the teacher was asking questions, and he kept calling exclusively on girls to present. Ten minutes later, I walked into a completely different classroom where students rotated through the room presenting group projects to each other. The teacher instructed his class to "work to understand" the content through discussion, and every voice filled the room. These two experiences resurfaced a long-held question: What makes for an equitable classroom? Practice 1: Use Equity Sticks Equity sticks are a cheap and powerful way to check your biases at the door. Photo credit: Shane Safir Equity sticks keep students on their toes, mentally alert, and poised to contribute. Practice 2: Track Participation Data Who is participating the most? Think-Pair-Share
My Three Acts of a Real World Math Problem Dan Meyer, an inspirational writer, speaker and teacher (whom I met at the Siemens STEM Institute), is helping math teachers across the country stimulate the curious minds of our students. Meyer proposes that teaching mathematics should be like having your students watch a movie. In a typical movie, there are three acts. Act One engages the audience. Act Two is when the conflict surfaces and the plot develops. Act Three is when the conflict is resolved and a sequel is expected. Today I was at the gas station, filling up my tank to go home for the holidays, when I noticed that it was taking an unusual amount of time to fill up my tank. Below you will find my Three Acts of a real world math problem. Act One Ask your students, "What questions do you have after watching the video?" Possible questions that the students could ask: How long will it take to fill the tank from start to finish? What resources will your students need before they can resolve their conflict? Answer: 13 min. 52 sec.
Speeding: A mental computation lesson with cards This is another great mini-lesson that allows students to have fun while learning in maths. The idea is simple… Teach them a card game and let them practise. With more and more practise, your students will continually build on their mental computation skills while playing with cards. This game could also be used for subtraction, doubling, halving and many more. Just be creative. Explore the connection between addition and subtraction (ACMNA029)Solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies (ACMNA030) Introduction: Start children off on the floor in a circle and show how to play the following… Speeding – Rules: Body: Allow children to break up into pairs and begin playing the game.Reiterate the need to verbalise what it is that they are doing as you rove around. Conclusion: Add to favorites
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Math Mistakes « I Love Maths Games Classroom Video Clip — UCLA Center X Video clips of classroom instruction used to support team members as we plan, observe, and refine investigations. As part of our plan, we agreed to collaborate to analyze teaching and learning strategies in order to design mathematical investigations. In addition to biweekly meetings that explore the best ways to implement teaching strategies, we also worked together as peer coaches to support both positive and constructive teaching strategies in order to examine our own teaching in depth within the context of student learning. Below are samples of unedited classroom instruction of each of the TIIP team members; 2nd grade Sandy Laner In this clip, Mrs. Multiage class, 6 and 7 year olds Richard Rogers In this clip, Mr. Heidi Schaefer In this clip, Ms. Susan Courtney In this clip, Dr.
Maths 'N' Movement – Free Games and Activities Below you will find new Maths ‘N’ Movement activities, original 2004 Bloomsmath teaching plans and new and improved Bloomsmath V2 worksheets. Each PDF contains free lesson activities and games. New activities will be added each week so please come back and collect as many free resources as you would like. For an easier option why not join our mailing list and have the activities delivered straight to your inbox so you get them as soon as they are uploaded. If you have ideas for topics you would like covered or feedback on the program please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maths ‘N’ Movement – The free activities provided below are not as comprehensive as the paid programs available here as they are designed to cater for all countries. New Bloomsmath – The limited free resources available here are designed to demonstrate the extent to which each outcome is covered in the new program. Visit the online store to buy your Bloomsmath OR Maths ‘N’ Movement program today!
Roll the Dice Math Games! Photo Credit: Dice in Dice Available on Amazon While searching for exciting dice I ran across a game that teaches area and perimeter. It was described by G. You will need Graph Paper and Colored Pencils. 1. This game is played in pairs. You might also consider laminating a few grids and using dry erase markers instead of colored pencils and graph paper.