Nueva School ICL 2019

I spoke twice at the Nueva School’s Innovative Learning Conference last week.  On Wednesday, we dug into lesson study in a SFUSD elementary school.  My profound thanks to Joe, Karen, Rashida, and especially Lauren and her brave and mathematical students for sharing their math lesson with us.

I had a full day Thursday.  I made a new friend in Lisa Gale, who is the Chief Program Officer for StoryCorps. (We shared an Uber.)  We mostly talked about math and her own children’s attitudes about doing math and thinking about themselves as mathematicians.  I’ll be doing some listening to the stories already on StoryCorps that focus on people’s math experiences, but am also thinking about ways to get some of the stories of our robust math education community out to more people beyond our little universe.  I went to a couple of sessions (hi, @ablinstein!), then gave my own session.  Then I spent the whole next session talking math and learning with my college classmate Karen, who came to my session (and who teaches in New Jersey).

Here are links to my slides and to a number of resources that I mentioned.  If there is something you were hoping I would point to that isn’t included, just leave me a comment and I’ll add it in.

My Wednesday slides: A Focus on Student Thinking
My Thursday slides: Sense-Making: Is It at the Core of Your Math Program?

      • My 5-minute Ignite talk about students’ ideas mentions some of the ideas I talked about on Wednesday.  You might use it as a conversation starter if you’re trying to tell people about my session:  The Power of Ideas
      • My 5-minute Ignite talk about sense-making is a great summary of much of my Thursday session:  Sense-Making: It Isn’t Just for Literacy Anymore
      • Joe Schwartz is a retired K-5 math coach. Some of the examples I used come from him (he and I have presented versions of the sense-making session together). His Noticing and Wondering posts can be found here and here.  And be sure to explore other areas of his blog.
      • Posts detailing Joe’s experiences with the Tell Me Everything You Can… prompt can be found here, here, and here.
      • Read about Joe’s efforts to connect reading and math here.
      • A Numberless Word Problems starting point from Brian Bushart is here.
      • Zak Champagne’s Ignite about becoming a better listener (by asking questions you don’t know the answer to, as we talked about in both sessions) is here.

Resources for My Session at #NWMC2019

Thanks to everyone who came to my session, to the session I led with Leslie, or who had a conversation with me in the hall (or at the drag show!).  I hope some of you are still pondering the escalator problem!

My slides as a PDF for my Saturday Session.

Here are resources that I either mentioned, or should have mentioned!

      • My 5-minute Ignite talk about sense-making is a great conversation starter, so you might share it with folks to start conversations:  Sense-Making: It Isn’t Just for Literacy Anymore
      • Joe Schwartz is a retired K-5 math coach. Some of the examples I used come from him (he and I have presented versions of this session together). His Noticing and Wondering posts can be found here and here.
      • Posts detailing Joe’s experiences with the Tell Me Everything You Can… prompt can be found here, here, and here.
      • Read about Joe’s efforts to connect reading and math here.
      • A Numberless Word Problems starting point from Brian Bushart is here.
      • Zak Champagne’s Ignite about becoming a better listener (by asking questions you don’t know the answer to, as we talked about in both sessions) is here.

PCTM 2019: Sense Making, and Ideas

Wednesday: Sense Making: Is it at the Core of Your Classroom?

Here are my slides in PDF form.

Thursday: The Power of Ideas

Here are my slides in PDF form.

Here are resources related to both talks – I’ve tried to add enough of a description so that you can pick and choose.

      • My 5-minute Ignite talk about sense-making is a great conversation starter, so you might share it with folks to start conversations:  Sense-Making: It Isn’t Just for Literacy Anymore
      • Joe Schwartz is a retired K-5 math coach. Some of the examples I used come from him (he and I have presented versions of this session together). His Noticing and Wondering posts can be found here and here.
      • Posts detailing Joe’s experiences with the Tell Me Everything You Can… prompt can be found here, here, and here.
      • Read about Joe’s efforts to connect reading and math here.
      • A Numberless Word Problems starting point from Brian Bushart is here.
      • Zak Champagne’s Ignite about becoming a better listener (by asking questions you don’t know the answer to, as we talked about in both sessions) is here.
      • There’s a whole web site of Which One Doesn’t Belong? ideas, plus Christopher Danielson’s book of the same name.
      • Check out the kindergarten teacher Emily’s post about monitoring for sense-making. (This is required reading for the folks who came to the Thursday session!)
      • I didn’t mention Max Ray-Riek’s Ignite: What We Talk About When We Talk About Teaching, but it’s important and relevant. You’ll find it here.

      Thanks for coming to my sessions. I always love to hear how ideas from my sessions have impacted the work that you’re doing. Leave a comment here, or tweet at me or email me (the contact info is in the slides). Good luck!

Sense-Making at #NCSM19

My thanks to everyone who came to my session and putting up with the recalcitrant technology with good humor!  If I mentioned anything that you were hoping to find a link to that isn’t here, just let me know and I’ll add it.

Here are my slides in PDF form.

  • My 5-minute Ignite talk about sense-making is a great conversation starter, so you might share it with folks before telling them about my NCSM session:  Sense-Making: It Isn’t Just for Literacy Anymore
  • Joe’s Noticing and Wondering posts can be found here and here.
  • Posts detailing Joe’s experiences with the Tell Me Everything You Can… prompt can be found here, here, and here.
  • Read about efforts to connect reading and math here.
  • Joe blogged about his PLC experience here.
  • Andrew Stadel’s File Cabinet Three-Act is here.
  • A Numberless Word Problems starting point from Brian Bushart is here.
  • Zak Champagne’s Ignite about becoming a better listener is here.
  • Check out the kindergarten teacher Emily’s post about monitoring for sense-making.
  • I didn’t mention Max Ray-Riek’s Ignite: What We Talk About When We Talk About Teaching, but it’s important and relevant. You’ll find it here.

Visiting the Western Suburban Math Institute

Thanks to everyone who got up and did math and thinking about sense-making with me first thing this morning!  I hope you had some good conversations with your partners in those moments where I asked you to chat. Hopefully some of you even made some new friends.

Missed it? Check out the #WSMI hashtag and see what this great group of folks learned about today.

As promised, below is a PDF of my slides, as well as some links to related resources.

I’d love to hear from you if you try any of these strategies for the first time.  How’d it go?  Tweet at me (@MFAnnie) and tell me how it went, or drop me some email.  Good luck!

Learning More about Conway’s Rational Tangles

I just led the Philly Area Math Teachers’ Circle and did a version of John Conway’s Rational Tangles.  I don’t claim to know everything about them by a long shot, but I put this together in case some of the participants want to explore more beyond what we covered in math circle.

 

My interest in this started when my husband traveled with me to the Northwest Math Conference in Whistler in 2018. He’s a retired high school math teacher, so I told him to go to Fawn’s session because she would make him do math.  They did this activity in her session, so I decided I’d do it when I was leading our local math circle this February.

Fawn Nguyen: Students Embroiled in Conway’s Rational Tangles [Blog post]. Fawn learned about this activity in a math circle.  Here she reports out on trying it with her students.  Be sure to watch the charming video at the end!

Tom Davis: Conway’s Rational Tangles [PDF]. Everyone seems to point to this or at least mention it, so I figured I better too.

Tom Davis: Conway’s Rational Tangles [Video]. Don’t want to read the PDF above? Head on over to YouTube and watch all 21 videos in the playlist of Tom leading this activity in a math circle.

James Tanton: Understanding Rational Tangles [PDF].  Want to dig into the math of this?  So did James, and he wrote about it.

Matthew Salomone: Math 596: Topics in Algebra and Knots [Video]. Ever wondered what an non-Abelian group is? Check out these support materials for Matthew’s course. (Hint: non-Abelian comes up in the third video and you will totally understand it.)  Oh, and it also explains, with visual aids, a bunch of the math about rational tangles.

Sense-Making, Math, and Literacy at CMC South

My thanks to everyone who participated in my session.  I’m sorry I didn’t take any pictures during our mingle, because there was a lot of activity and sharing going on!  (Wonder what I mean by a “mingle”?  I guess you should have come.  It was great.)

I added pictures of all your “roles” posters to the slides, in case you want to check out the others more closely than we did during the session.

Download a PDF of the slides

Emily and Margaret’s blog post about sense-making with kinders

Brian Bushart’s blog post about numberless word problems (and graphs!)

My 5-minute Ignite talk that summarizes our session today, Sense-Making: It Isn’t Just for Literacy Anymore

I look forward to hearing more from some of you about things that you try when you get back to your classrooms, or how ideas coming from my session start productive, or at least interesting, conversations with your colleagues.  Leave me a comment here, or tweet me at @MFAnnie.

Fun Times at the Northwest Math Conference! #NWMath

Thanks to everyone who got up and did math and thinking about sense-making with me so early this morning!  I hope you had some good conversations with your partners in those moments where I asked you to chat. Hopefully some of you even made some new friends.

As promised, below is a PDF of my slides, as well as some links to related resources.

At the end of the session, it sounded like many folks talked to their partner about what they might try next week.  My thanks to those of you who made public declarations.  Thanks for being brave.  I’d love to hear from all of you.  So leave a comment here, or tweet at me (@MFAnnie) and tell me how it went, or what you’re wondering about, or whatever.  Thanks!

My Sessions at #NCTMRegionals Hartford

My thanks to those of you who came to my sessions. I look forward to hearing from some of you going forward, so drop me a comment here or find me on Twitter.


Session 23: The Power of Ideas

Grab a PDF of the slides

Here’s the blog post I mentioned: Emily, Kindergarteners, and Sense-Making

You might be interested in these 5-minute Ignite videos:

The Power of Ideas, NCSM Annual Meeting, 2017

Sense-Making: It Isn’t Just for Literacy Anymore, NCTM Annual Conference, 2015


Session 52: Using Technology to Increase Conceptual Understanding in Algebra and Geometry

Grab a PDF of the slides

Links to the technology I highlighted

Types of Triangles, Desmos

Runners, Web Sketchpad (The NCTM Illuminations version used to be linked from here)

Galactic Exchange vending machine, Java

Algebra Tiles, the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

You might be interested in this Ignite video, which is basically a five minute version of this hour-long session:  Technology. Why Bother?

PCTM 2018

Thanks to everyone who came to my PCTM session.  Next time, bring space heaters!  Here’s a copy of the slides.  I’ll add a link to the video of my Ignite when it’s available.

PCTM 2018 Slides [PDF]