BUILDING CONFIDENCE, A GROWTH MINDSET, AND A SAFE CLASSROOM CULTURE
- First, Do No Harm | Ilana Horn, teaching/math/culture
A nice, though partial, summary of math teachers' responsibilities to avoid harming students' sense of competence.
- Encouraging Student Sharing: Norms & Status | Ilana Horn, teaching/math/culture
Great list of ideas developed by reflective teachers on how to encourage democratic sharing of ideas in the math classroom.
- Positive Math Classroom Norms | Jo Boaler
Jo Boaler's positive classroom norms for math class, with ideas for supporting them. Norms: Everyone Can Learn Math to the Highest Levels; Mistakes are Valuable; Questions are Really Important; Math is about Creativity and Making Sense; Math is about Connections and Communicating; Depth is much more important than speed; Math Class is about Learning not Performing.
- The Mathematics of Hope | Jo Boaler
Moving from Performance to Learning
- Talking Points & Math Mindset | Math Minds
This post and the ones linked to from it (some cheesemonkeysf's), as well as https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6W4HKOGaWhdMTM2SUViMVhBMGc/edit , have ideas on how to solicit kid ideas about what is important in doing math.
- Talking Up Talking Points | Brian Stockus
- Notice-and-Wonder: When It Works, When It Doesn't
Highlighted description of notice-and-wonder. Article includes details on when it works well and when it doesn't.
- Box of Clay (Volume and Units) | Joe Schwartz, Exit 10A
Fantastic post about learning issues and teaching choices involved in a fifth grade lesson about volume and units, including "Notice-and-Wonder" strategy in practice.
- Increasing Participation in Classroom Discussions (educating grace)
Steps novice teachers were instructed to try to increase meaningful classroom participation in math class.
- Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces & Visible Random Groupings
Food for thought that SlamDunkMath presented at Twitter Math Camp 2014. Strongly recommends having students work in random groups (different for each task) and at vertical non-permanent surfaces placed around the room.
- Positive Reinforcement Award Cards | Mathy McMatherson
"Award" cards for students for mathematical communication, perseverance, and team work. Positive feedback for behaviors, because students will care about the things that the teacher cares about.
- Math Animals | Bryan Anderson, MathLab
Student answers to prompts "When I walk into math class I feel like a(n) _______" (which animal?) and "What animal do you think would be best for math class?" On Day 6, SPEED is seen as the main desirable quality...
- The Wall of Champions | Mathy McMatherson
Students get Post-Its (colored by class) to write their names on when they do exceptionally well on an assessment. Encourages excitement about excellence.
- You're Correct Horse - YouTube
Ridiculous animation of a sax-playing horse saying "You're correct!" and "You are smart!" So over-the-top it should not undermine a culture of positivity about mistakes.
- Group Work Norms: Engage in Math
Group work norms/ground rules from four sources.
- Why 2 > 4 | Max Ray at NCTM Ignite
Great, brief talk on the effect of students (and teacher) listening to students.
- Bad at Math Is a Lie | Math Horizon's Aftermath
Matt Waite, a professor and software pioneer, had to take remedial algebra to get an MBA degree at 37, and found he was not actually Bad at Math: "the truth is anyone can get math."
- Math Anxiety | American Educator
- Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language | Understanding Language
Paper on developing math instruction for ELL students, referenced by @MathEdnet (Raymond Johnson).
- Classroom Management Strategies To Take Control Of Noisy Students | Rob Plevin
This video gives a nice explanation of advantages of establishing positive behavior at the start of class through interactions with students outside the classroom. Considering for next year.
- When I Was an 8th Grader Again… | What is 5?
Lots of thoughtful discussion of what the student POV is like in 8th grade.
REASONING, SENSE-MAKING, AND PROBLEM SOLVING
- Making Sense | Tracy J. Zager
- How Old Is the Shepherd? An Essay About Mathematics Education | Katherine Merseth
A very well-written article from 1993 on math education in the US. Some things have changed since then, some haven't. References "How old is the shepherd?" problem.
- Warm-Ups Transformed My Classroom | powersfulmath
Transforming warmups into engaging opportunities for mathematical reasoning and real-world problem solving.
- Filing Cabinet of (Warm Up) Activities | Crazy Math Teacher Lady
Nice list of lots of activities from the MathTwitterBlogosphere.
- Two-Column Proofs that Two-Column Proofs are Terrible | Ben Orlin, Math with Bad Drawings
HOMEWORK AND TEST REVIEW
- Homework Strategies | cheesemonkeysf
@cheesemonkeysf's homework thoughts. See #4 in particular: 2-week homework packets (students review together daily).
- Red, Yellow, Green | Ryan Adams, Math Edumacation
Fantastic idea for self-assessment & setting positive & efficient classroom routines for pre-test review.
FUN AND GAMES IN MATH CLASS
- Games in Math: List of Resources | Math Hombre
This is AMAZING. A list of big and small games, for review and not, from many sources.
- Math Free Choice (Part 1) | Amanda Northrup
Food for thought! How a (5th grade?) teacher set up 30-45 minute sessions of Math Free Choice, with activities and goals chosen by students (from logic puzzles, tangrams, games, etc.).
- Math Free Time (Part 2): Refinements | Amanda Northrup
Refinements to Math Free Time system described in Part 1. Resource links at bottom of page.
- Games for Math & Social Skills (Math Forum)
- Kid Friendly Math Practices Posters (Everybody Is a Genius)
These are attractive and editable! Most are nice kid-friendly versions, but consider changing #4; to me, modeling with math is not about showing work in different ways.
- Problem Solving Strategies Posters
pdf with Polya-esque problem solving strategies.
- Math Munch Classroom Poster
Gorgeous poster that needs to be printed out. I did it at Office Depot for $15 (actually $12 with a coupon) and it looks great! Comes with puzzle.
OTHER/NOT SORTED YET:
- Math Teacher Resources from I Speak Math
Big list of math teaching resources, with pointers to lesson plans, problems, professional development...
- Half Century (Comments on Teaching) | Math Teacher Mambo