A few things I’ve noticed in 2017 thus far...
I love this tweet by Sara Vanderwerf, but I love her blog post even more. We help students more by giving them the tools and direction to construct their own meaning in math rather than by lecturing them (most of the time); Sara suggests in this blog post that the same philosophy applies when we help each other as well. Don’t you love her graphic?
Speaking of the geniuses at Desmos, they have added a long-awaited for feature - the ability to add a custom label to a point, and with their usual super-smartness, the Desmos programmers have made sure that multiple labels in your activity will not get in each other’s way. Read the post, and go play.
Do you know what an octahectaennacontakaihexagon is? Neither did I, until I visited solvemymaths first foray into YouTube land. It’s a great (and somewhat psychedelic) start to what I hope will be many more mathily entertaining videos.
I’ve been reading Jennifer Wilson’s Easing the Hurry blog for years, and I’ve also read 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions more than once. In her post 5 Practices: Dilations, Jennifer elaborates how this important book has impacted her teaching through the lens of one lesson.
Brian Palacios wrote about his earliest school experiences in Where it all began, which prompted me to write about mine, including my early impressions of learning math. What are your earliest memories of school and math? How about writing about them and sharing at #whereitallbegan?
Finally, thanks to Grace Chen at educating grace for giving us a list of math books to read in the coming year.
Cheers – Wendy Menard (@wmukluk)