Math Curriculum Meetings
New Kahoot! Feature
When students start playing the homework challenge, you can keep track of their progress and assess the results. Log in to your account in the app, open your challenge and tap on the leaderboard to view a report, including:
- A full leaderboard with all players (while players only see top 5 and their own score)
- Who completed the challenge and who is still playing
- What ratio of correct (green) and incorrect answers (red) each of the players had
- After a challenge is completed, you can review stats question by question and see the ratio of correct and of incorrect answers.
Math in May Suggestions
- Problem-Based Learning activities: these activities allow students to use the skills they learned in class and use them in real world situations. (Sites: Robert Kaplinsky, Mathalicious, YummyMath, or Mindsets Learning)
- 3 Act Tasks: these tasks allows students to use what they know to solve a situational problem. They are required to ask questions, decide what information they need, and make reasonable estimations as they solve them. (Sites: When Math Happens, Andrew Stadel 3-Act Math Tasks or LiveBinder of 3-Act Tasks)
- Escape Room tasks: these tasks allow students to work collaboratively on challenging problems. Teachers can have them work in small groups or as one whole group. (Sites: How to Create an Escape Room, Common Supplies Needed, and BreakoutEDU has some free challenges or you can make your own)
- Open Middle challenges: these problems are open-ended allowing students to practice their skill set to find the best possible solution. While it looks like they only have one problem to solve, they will actually solve it multiple times to find the best solution. (Hint: give students a recording sheet to record their different attempts) Teachers can use numbered water bottle caps to make it easier for students to try their various solutions. (Site: Open Middle)
Adding Fractions Help
Your students might know their way around a numerator and denominator, but are they ready for what’s next? Suddenly, it’s time to learn how to add fractions — and your class is confused.
Feeling intimidated? You’re not alone. Adding fractions may seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be.
Prodigy has put together a guide to help you successfully teach your students how to add fractions, covering:
Estimation 180 Podcasts
What to expect from his first episode: I have made many mistakes throughout my teaching career. There were three big mistakes I made that helped inspire Estimation 180. In episode 1, I will share one of those three mistakes. I made a mistake when students asked me, "How tall are you?"
To visit the Estimation180 site, click on the logo.
Beware of the PhotoMath app
So there is good news and bad news. Let's start with the bad news...yes, students can use this app to potentially cheat. Well, here's the bad news for students: it doesn't always get the answer correct and mostly works with the boring and more simple math problems in our textbooks. It cannot solve problems where students are asked to solve word problems, justify, or analyze a graph. (That's the good news for teachers!)
So maybe we as teachers need to change the type of problems we are assigning. We need to shift from assigning "naked" math problems to ones that require a little more thought from our students. These problems should be asking them to solve real-world problems, having them justify their reasoning, doing error-analysis, or explaining what a graph represents. Isn't this what we want our students to be able to do anyway?
Georgia Numeracy Project Update
http://www.stemcobb.com/lesson-links.html Elementary STEM Lessons
http://www.stemcobb.com/ms-stem-lessons.html Middle School STEM Lessons
STEAM Leadership Conference 2019
May 10-11, 2019 - Georgia Tech
This year's conference seeks to engage education leaders in thoughtful dialogue focused on how they can create and sustain initiatives for a more equitable STEAM future. By being intentional in the design and development of inclusive learning environments, education leaders can transform student learning experiences and spark the interests of the next generation of STEAM leaders.
Cost: $250, Register here.
Manipulative Monday (sponsored by Hand2Mind)
May 13, 2019 - El Reposo Mexican Restaurant in Fayetteville, GA, 3:00 - 5:00
Stop in and learn about common manipulatives used in grades 3-5 and see new resources to support student learning in next year's classroom. Event includes appetizers, soft drinks and door prizes. See flyer for more details.
College Readiness Mathematics Summer Professional Learning
Jun 18-20, 2019 - Dekalb Early College Academy in Stone Mountain, GA, 8:30 - 4:00
This is a three-day, professional learning session which focuses on evidence-based, effective mathematics instructional strategies to assist in preparing students for post-secondary options. Participants must register for this professional learning opportunity no later than May 6, 2019, by completing the registration form at College Readiness Summer Professional Learning Institute.
2019 Summer Mathematics Academies
Available dates in June & July
This is a 2-day workshop offering professional development focused on specific grade bands (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-8th, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II). Areas of focus include improving teacher knowledge, supporting productive struggle, experiencing engaging, rich tasks aligned to GSE standards, and classroom strategies to meet the needs of ALL learners.
Cost: $90 for GCTM members, $120 for non-members
7th Annual West Georgia RESA STEAM Conference
Sep 12th-13th, 2019 - Peachtree City, GA
Conference theme: Fly Me To the Moon...and Beyond
Location: Peachtree City Hotel & Conference Center (Hilton)
2443 Hwy 54 West, Peachtree City, GA 30269
Registration Info: $100 1 day/$200 both days. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Request a Visit
2019 Georgia Numeracy Project Professional Learning. Retrieved from http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Documents/Mathematics/Georgia-Numeracy-Project-Professional-Learning-Overview.pdf
Kahoot! Introduces Smart Practice for Challenge Feature. (Apr 18, 2019). Retrieved from https://www.techlearning.com/news/kahoot-introduces-smart-practice-for-challenge-feature
Kennedy, Laney. (Apr 17, 2019). How to Add Fractions (+5 Awesome Activities). Retrieved from https://www.prodigygame.com/blog/how-to-add-fractions/?utm_source=blog-email&utm_medium=CTA
Landa, Joel. (Oct 23, 2014). New PhotoMath app that solves math problems by taking a picture could lead to new era of student cheating, change instruction methods, teachers say. Retrieved from https://ed.stanford.edu/in-the-media/while-encouraging-more-low-income-students-attend-college-financial-help
Meyer, Dan. (Oct 22, 2014). We Should Wish PhotoMath All the Success in the World. Retrieved from http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?s=Photo+app