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This Week at Global Math

Join presenters Mike Flynn and Zak Champagne for the next GMD on What Does It Really Mean to Look For and Make Use of Structure?

The deets: We will work to clarify what MP7 looks like in K-5 classrooms by exploring generalizations about operating with odd and even numbers, examining both addends unknown problems, developing mathematical arguments, and creating representations to prove our claims. We will also analyze student thinking around these ideas with the use of classroom video.

Register to attend here here.
Last week (Tuesday, January 20th, 9 PM EDT) Zack Miller and Kyle Moyer presented on Project-Based Learning for Mathematical Practices.

View the recording here.

Great Blogging Action

The Journey is the Destination

“Explain your thinking.”
“Justify your reasoning.”
Is it always, sometimes, or never true?
What do you notice? What do you wonder?
Do you agree, disagree, or are you unsure? Why?

Am I describing an ELA or Social Studies class? No.

It’s math class.  

More and more math teachers are asking students to delve deeper into their thinking about mathematics and using writing prompts like these to understand how the students are processing and solving math problems. Kristin Gray’s class does this daily. In her class the banner of her blog is more than decoration, its like a mantra…


Writing is one of the things Kristin’s class is very familiar with. If you read her blog, you’ll get not only Kristin’s view of her class, but through the journal entries of her students you get a clear view of their mathematical thinking. If you’re interested in integrating writing into your math class or just want ideas on how to make the writing your students already do better. Visit Kristin's blog, you’ll be glad you did!

written by Andrew Gael @bkdidact

Feast Your Eyes

Can you count to eleven?
Silly question, right?

Here’s a more challenging question: Can you list eleven different features of Desmos?
If you’re Michael Fenton, you can.
If not, let me introduce you to Michael Fenton. He has gifted us all with 11 Challenges that he describes as leading “you through the basics and beyond” of the most wonderful graphing calculator, Desmos. Don’t feel like you need to consume them all right this second. Michael has set up his resourceful website to include the Desmos challenges as a highlighted feature.

Enjoy the feast.

Written by Andrew Stadel @mr_stadel

An Online Resource for all Teachers

I’m going to pull away from math content this week to share a website relevant to the lives of everyone who works with students. Last month NPR posted an article citing “7 out of 10 teachers have a student currently in their classroom who is grieving...” Grandparents, parents, siblings, friends--the worst can and does happen and teaching programs don’t often cover how to support students when it does.


A new website from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students offers a wide range of resources for teachers in the form of modules with readings and videos on topics such as Conversation & Support, which covers practical advice for talking with a grieving studentpeer supportproviding support over time, and what not to say. There is even one on the role of social media in grieving, which is definitely worth watching.

I hope the Coalition website makes it into your bookmarks as a resource to be there when you, your students, or your colleagues need it.

Written by Ashli Black @mythagon

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Did you know there is a place you can go to make GIFs out of Desmos animations? Many thanks to @lustomatical for this lovely.

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