Month: August 2014

Star Wars – 8 Jedi Math Practices #MTBoS #msmathchat

I am blown away by the response to my Jedi posters, and am grateful that people are asking for the files and have already put them up in their classrooms! A special shoutout goes to @JustinAion and @jrobbins00 for being major “sneezers” to make this possible!


Taking this to the next step, I created slides that can be printed on 11×17 inch paper so I could post them around the room.  I also included the technical wording of the mathematical practices on the slide so I could say, “Let’s persevere in solving these problems, work past the point you want to give up!” Or “Give me a viable argument, tell me how you did this.”  Hopefully this could provide a bridge to other classes as they move on.

Here is the link to download the slides, both in 11×17, and a smaller format to use on a presentation. I have also included a blank slide if you need it.

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Star Wars Posters #mtbos #msmathchat

Instead of writing a syllabus or creating assessments or working on lessons plans, I have procrastinated and scoured some images from the web to make these.

I have uploaded .png’s of these into this folder for downloading.  The 8 math practices and SBG files were made to blow up to 18×24 (although the 8 math icons will be a little pixelated.) The Force and Darkside posters are pixelated when blown up that large, but will still look good!

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The Wisdom of the Crowd: First Day Task? #msmathchat

Earlier this summer, I watched this video:

I wonder if we can make this into a task for our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders?  Here’s my idea:

On the first day of school, students are corralled into the gym (7th and 8th grade) and cafeteria (6th), and they are all given their schedules. Most of them who came to Meet the Teacher night received their schedules, but it is easier to give everyone their schedules again on the first day. So what if we had three different jars of candy set up, one for each grade, and had each student guess the number of candies in the jar?

  • Each student will receive a slip of paper when they walk in, and will write their names and their guesses on them.
  • As the slip is handed in, a teacher with their laptop will enter the name and guess in a spreadsheet.
  • On the second day of school, the spreadsheets can be printed and handed to students in math class.
  • Students will watch the video, and discuss the ideas presented. Give their own estimates again of the jar, a la 3 Acts style, “which is the highest estimate, which one is the lowest?”
  • Students will get a copy with the spreadsheet (there are about 150 students in each grade), and will figure out a way to find the average.
  • On the 3rd day, the answer will be announced during the lunch period, with the closest guess receiving the jar of candy.

Here’s where I need your help. I am terrible at creating experiences that are “rich” in that they go beyond just one task as it appears for this one to be.  What else can be added to it?  Is this a task worthy to be tried?