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001 Differentiation
002 'Real' maths
003 Fractions
004 Manipulatives
005 Assessment
006 What technology?
007 Adult curriculum
008 Reflective Learners
009 Engagement
010 Class Time Use
011 Why I hate maths
012 Terminology
013 'Mathphobia'
014 The Nature of Maths
015 Show and Tell
016 Vertical Integration
017 Product to Process
018 Investigation Length
019 Preparation for Work
020 Success in Mathematics
021 Groupwork
022 Effective lessons
023 Impact of ICT
024 Mathematics Websites
028 Why under 16?
2010.07.15 Differentiation
2010.07.19 Differentiation (2)
2010.07.22 'Real' maths
2010.07.26 'Real' maths (2)
2010.07.29 Fractions
2010.08.02 Fractions (2)
2010.08.05 Manipulatives
2010.08.09 Manipulatives (2)
2010.08.12 Assessment
2010.08.16 Assessment (2)
2010.08.19 What tech?
2010.08.23 What tech? (2)
2010.08.26 Adult maths
2010.08.30 Adult maths (2)
2010.09.02 Reflective learner
2010.09.06 Reflective learner 2
2010.09.09 Engagement
2010.09.13 Engagement 2
2010.09.16 Class Time Use
2010.09.20 Class Time Use 2
2010.09.23 Why I hate maths
2010.09.27 Why I hate math 2
2010.09.30 Terminology
2010.10.04 Terminology 2
2010.10.07 'Mathphobia'
2010.10.11 'Mathphobia' (2)
2010.10.14 Nature of Maths
2010.10.18 Nature of Maths (2)
2010.10.21 Show and Tell
2010.10.25 Show and Tell (2)
2010.10.28 Vertical Integration
2010.11.01 Vertical Integratn 2
2010.11.04 Product to Process
2010.11.08 Product to Proc. 2
2010.11.11 Investigation length
2010.11.15 Investigation leng 2
2010.11.18 Prepn for work
2010.11.22 Prepn for work 2
2010.11.25 Success in Maths
2010.12.03 Groupwork
2010.12.06 Groupwork 2
2010.12.10 Effective lessons
2010.12.13 Effective Lesson 2
2010.12.17 Impact of ICT
2010.12.20 Impact of ICT 2
2010.12.24 Maths Websites
2011.01.03 Maths Website 2
2011.01.07 Ideal curriculum
2011.01.10 Ideal curriculum 2
2011.01.14 Short or longterm
2011.01.17 Short or longterm2
2011.01.21 Continuing PD
2011.01.24 Continuing PD 2
2011.01.28 Why under 16?
2011.01.31 Why under 16? (2)
2011.02.04 Which is more fun?
2011.02.11 Blended learning
2011.02.14 Blended learning 2
2011.02.18 Fast tracking
2011.02.21 Fast tracking (2)
2011.02.25 Misconceptions
2011.02.28 Misconceptions 2
2011.03.04 Good Reads
2011.03.07 Good Reads (2)
2011.03.11 How do I  fractions
2011.03.18 How do I  lang
2011.03.21 How do I  lang (2)
2011.03.25 How do I  curric
2011.03.28 How do I  curric 2
2011.04.01 How?  next topic
2011.04.04 How?  nxt topic 2
2011.04.08 How?  Geometry
2011.04.11 How?  Geom 2
2011.04.15 How?Investigation
2011.04.18 How?Investigatn 2
2011.04.22 How? Do vs. learn
2011.04.25 How?Do vs learn 2
2011.04.29 How?Dig deeper
2011.05.02 How?Dig deeper 2
2011.05.06 'Big Ideas'
2011.05.09 'Big Ideas' (2)
2011.05.13 High school skill
2011.05.16 High school skill 2
2011.05.20 Journals
2011.05.23 Journals (2)
2011.05.27 Studentdriven
2011.05.30 Studentdriven (2)
2011.06.03 How?  Maths play
2011.06.06 How?Maths play 2
2011.06.10 Deeper thinking
2011.06.13 Deeper thinking (2)
2011.06.17 How?  Disjointed
2011.06.17 How?  Disjointed 2
2011.06.24 How?  Problems
2011.06.27 How?  Problems 2
2011.07.01 Holiday maths
2011.10.28 Extent of plans
2011.10.31 Extent of plans (2)
2011.11.04 Authentic is..?
2011.11.07 Authentic is..? (2)
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A show and tell of successful lessons, ideas and useful resources!
As it happened on
Thursday, 21st October 2010 23:30  00:30 GMT
11:31 pm
ColinTGraham
:
Hello everyone and welcome to this week's #
mathchat
11:34 pm
ColinTGraham
:
If it's your first time, don't try to follow everything, just interact with one or two people. Don't forget the hashtag > #
mathchat
11:35 pm
ColinTGraham
:
Tonight we are going to do a show and tell of successful lessons, ideas and useful resources! #
mathchat
11:36 pm
ColinTGraham
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Don't worry about checking links, they will all be recorded in the archive later. #
mathchat
11:37 pm
ColinTGraham
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So, what do you consider your most successful lessons/ideas? Why do they work or why do you think they succeed? #
mathchat
11:41 pm
mathsatschool
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#
mathchat
Taking lessons outside of the confines of the c/room. They remember context more than content.
11:43 pm
ghewgley
:
The #
mathchat
Daily is out  read this Twitter newspaper on
http://bit.ly/bMxifd
(10 contributions today)
11:43 pm
ColinTGraham
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@
mathsatschool
How far outside? Just somewhere else in the school, playing fields,...? #
mathchat
11:44 pm
tperran
:
#
mathchat
As someone who teaches 90 minute blocks, I find success when I employ multiple modes of learning.
11:45 pm
tperran
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RT @
mathsatschool
: #
mathchat
Taking lessons outside of the confines of the c/room. >>We did this with clinometers and trig ratios.
11:45 pm
ColinTGraham
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@
tperran
What do you find is the best size of block/mode before you change, Tom? #
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11:47 pm
Singapore_Math
:
@
KimberlyLBeane
Just got out of a starbucks "meeting" to go over the day! Very excited as well. We love our NJ teachers! #
mathchat
11:48 pm
tperran
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@
ColinTGraham
#
mathchat
This week it was a simple triangle sort where we asked students to discuss and sort triangles prior to lesson ~15min
11:49 pm
tperran
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#
mathchat
The students were really engaged and communicating about math. It was great to see! They usually go off task within 5 min.
11:49 pm
danielespejo
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#
mathchat
I've done the usual trig lesson in a field, but I had students use real survey equipment and find a 'treasure'. Most got it.
11:50 pm
ColinTGraham
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@
tperran
Do you mean the first 15 minutes was the sorting before you did any teaching, or was it the 'homework'? #
mathchat
11:51 pm
danielespejo
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@
tperran
I have also been exploring more discussion activities, including online. A bit here:
http://bit.ly/d53JS3
#
mathchat
11:53 pm
ColinTGraham
:
@
danielespejo
Have you tried geocaching as well? When you say 'usual trig lesson in a field' what is that exactly? #
mathchat
11:54 pm
tperran
:
@
ColinTGraham
#
mathchat
We used the sort to open the lesson. I just displayed various triangles on the and then asked students to group them
11:55 pm
ColinTGraham
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One of the most interesting lessons I did was classifying quadrilaterals  based on angles diagonals cross at, parallel sides, etc #
mathchat
11:55 pm
danielespejo
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@
ColinTGraham
I haven't done geocaching but I've been wanting to! #
mathchat
. Would be interesting to see how others have done it.
11:55 pm
ColinTGraham
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RT @
danielespejo
: @
ColinTGraham
usual lesson = having kids use trig (right angles) to find 'places" #
mathchat
11:56 pm
tperran
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RT @
danielespejo
: @
ColinTGraham
usual lesson = #
mathchat
We used ours to estimate height of objects (tree, light towers, telephone poles)
11:57 pm
ColinTGraham
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@
danielespejo
So is this a 2D scenario, ie the triangles are constructed on the ground or do you go 3D with tree heights etc. #
mathchat
11:58 pm
ColinTGraham
:
Another lesson which surprised me with its success was getting students (13yo) to make simple slide rules... #
mathchat
11:58 pm
danielespejo
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@
ColinTGraham
yeah, 2D trig, might have been neat to find something on a 'pole" of some sort to add the third dimension #
mathchat
11:59 pm
tperran
:
@
ColinTGraham
Did they know what a slide rule was when you started? #
mathchat
danielespejo
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@
ColinTGraham
Sliderules sounds like fun, but I wouldn't know where to start! #
mathchat
ColinTGraham
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@
tperran
No, we did number line additions as a slide rule, then I said could we do this for multiplying instead...? #
mathchat
12:01 am
tperran
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#
mathchat
Speaking of trig, We had a great lesson using Google Earth to find extreme ski slopes in different locations
http://bit.ly/aylLoB
12:03 am
ColinTGraham
:
@
danielespejo
There is an online sliderule 'museum'
http://sliderulemuseum.com/
which has lots of great materials. #
mathchat
12:04 am
ColinTGraham
:
@
danielespejo
Making two number lines and using them like a slide rule can also help with introducing/reinforcing directed numbers #
mathchat
12:05 am
danielespejo
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@
tperran
I hadn't even considered google earth. Wonder if you could use it to 'guess' distances to a 'treasure' or sunken ship #
mathchat
12:06 am
danielespejo
:
@
ColinTGraham
I shldnt be surprised, but I am. Can find anything online can't you! #
mathchat
RT@
ColinTGraham
http://bit.ly/4rzJry
12:08 am
ColinTGraham
:
@
tperran
@
danielespejo
I've thought about using Google maps, where Ss have to place markers according to a coord grid. Untried! #
mathchat
12:08 am
danielespejo
:
@
ColinTGraham
That's what i'm thinking #
mathchat
Definately going to look into that
12:09 am
ColinTGraham
:
Any other ideas or successes? #
mathchat
12:09 am
danielespejo
:
@
ColinTGraham
I haven't put enough thought into these tools in math. Sad I'm a math teacher and Tech consult. #
mathchat
12:11 am
danielespejo
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Have had kids doing surveys to get data before studying stats and linear algebra #
mathchat
12:11 am
ColinTGraham
:
@
danielespejo
Sometimes, the tech consultants spend so much time telling people about tools, they don't get time to use them! #
mathchat
12:12 am
tperran
:
RT @
ColinTGraham
: Any other ideas ? #
mathchat
We had a tesselations "art gallery" one year. Students created then critiqued each others work
12:13 am
ColinTGraham
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@
tperran
How did the critique work? Was it subjective, objective or a mix of the two? #
mathchat
12:13 am
danielespejo
:
@
ColinTGraham
:) Thanks for making me feel better about that! I guess we can't do everything well #
mathchat
12:14 am
tperran
:
@
ColinTGraham
#
mathchat
Students had to determine the type of translation used to create the work and tell whether or not it was correct
12:14 am
ColinTGraham
:
@
danielespejo
Do you go into survey design first or just let the kids get on with it and discuss design of surveys later? #
mathchat
12:15 am
danielespejo
:
Matchat @
lcarroll94
was telling me yesterday of a Glog assign in math where kids connected math to the world #
mathchat
Had a great rubric..
12:16 am
danielespejo
:
@
ColinTGraham
I think i've done it both ways, but usually talk about survey design first #
mathchat
12:16 am
ColinTGraham
:
@
tperran
So I am assuming you provided the criteria for the critique, rather than the students! #
mathchat
12:18 am
danielespejo
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@
tperran
Sounds great! I love when kids have to explain things at that level #
mathchat
12:18 am
tperran
:
RT @
ColinTGraham
: #
mathchat
>It was also to assess their understanding of the concepts of tesselations and translations.. They enjoyed it!
12:19 am
ColinTGraham
:
Do you tend to find that some kind of 'practical' problem or application of maths seems to be more successful? ie 'handson' #
mathchat
12:19 am
tperran
:
@
danielespejo
The students had fun doing it too and were highly engaged. #
mathchat
12:22 am
danielespejo
:
Thanks for the #
mathchat
@
tperran
@
ColinTGraham
, but I've gotta run!
12:22 am
tperran
:
#
mathchat
Here is another engaging "filler" activity that our Ss seemed to enjoy:
http://bit.ly/cFObn1
Comp. based and interactive
12:23 am
ColinTGraham
:
@
danielespejo
OK, thanks for joining us Daniel! #
mathchat
12:24 am
tperran
:
@
danielespejo
Thanks for the convo. Check my wiki, I put interesting links there when I find them.
http://bit.ly/9FxkuJ
#
mathchat
#
edchat
12:24 am
ColinTGraham
:
Puzzles seem to be popular too, when they are not too difficult. #
mathchat
12:24 am
danielespejo
:
@
ColinTGraham
thanks for the convo and facilitating! #
mathchat
12:25 am
ColinTGraham
:
OK, last five minutes... anyone else want to jump in with an idea or a link? #
mathchat
12:29 am
tperran
:
@
ColinTGraham
I also put interesting math links on Diigo:
http://bit.ly/cXnl4G
Thanks for the #
mathchat
, Colin. See you next time!
12:30 am
ColinTGraham
:
Ok, thanks for the conversations. Let's hope we get a few more ideas added on Monday when we return to this! #
mathchat
12:31 am
ColinTGraham
:
RT @
mathchat
: The #
mathchat
Daily is out  read this Twitter newspaper on
http://bit.ly/cUQMQE
(218 contributions today)
12:31 am
ColinTGraham
:
The archive will be online in about 30 minutes. #
mathchat
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