Engagement: “M&M’s Mega to have 3 Times More Chocolate!” (best to start the work week after a long weekend with chocolate, right?)
The Huffington Post has an article on the pending release of this new product to the market – ask your students what questions they have… and then try to answer them. (Hey, how do they “know” there’s 3x the chocolate per piece? How could we find out?)
Critical Thinking: Heard of “Money Duck” soap? The Virginia Candle Company sells bars of soap shaped like ducks. Inside each bar is “real money – $1, $5, $10, $20 or even a $50 bill”. For a great 3-Act lesson breakdown on how to use this – and how this actually played out – in a class exploring probability, check out this blog post. Includes videos, pictures, worksheets and questions students had as they went through the process – awesome!
Connections: I’ve highlighted Estimation180 and WouldYouRather blogs before…great collections encouraging estimation and discussion in your math class. But what if you’re almost done using up all those great ideas within those blogs? Never fear – here comes MathArguments180! “180 days of ideas for discussion in math class”, any of these questions can be used with your students – like Day 121: “Most teachers use the mean to assign a grade, but this measure hides information. What information is hidden and what, if anything, should we do about it?”
Professional Learning: Professor Jo Boaler from Stanford University is once again offering a free online course “How to Learn Math”. It opens up in June and remains open until December 2014. Her work on the learning of mathematics and teaching growth mindsets is known and respected worldwide. This course is well worth the time and effort to sign up. There will be a divisional PLC to support processing time and discussion for divisional participants, beginning in September 2014. In the meantime, I would encourage you to register here for the free course prior to September’s PLC start-up.
Ressources en Français: As-tu vu le site web « Récréomath »? Ce site te présente beaucoup des problèmes, énigmes, et jeux de maths, créé par Charles-E. Jean de Québec.