Marvelous #Math Monday – Connecting via Social Media

This blog post I’m taking the opportunity to highlight a few people who have blogs and websites that I continue to look to for inspiration and ideas (at EY, MY, and SY levels). There are hundreds of people that are part of my PLN on Twitter and through WordPress blogging, these are a tiny selection of the good people you can connect with through social media.


Early Years (K-4): Talking Math with Your Kids is a wonderful place to start when contemplating the musings of supporting early years mathematical development, and how to support parents in this task. Author Christopher Danielson is based in Minnesota at Normandale Community College, and is a great person to follow on Twitter.

Tales of a Traveling Teacher is the blog of Lori Emilson, a Manitoban who supports K-8 teachers in numeracy and technology. She too is a great person to follow on Twitter.

Middle Years (5-8): Number Loving Beagle is the blog of Megan Schmidt, based out of the States. She has an eclectic mix of upper middle years algebra and statistics for struggling students and senior years mathematics explorations with various levels of entry points. Lovely collections of geometric explorations too. You can find her on Twitter too (of course!).

Daily Overview is a site that posts one picture a day – either an aerial or satellite view of “something”. Gorgeous imagery that can promote/provoke mathy explorations. Daily Overview is on Twitter too. Easily used in any grade level, IMO. 🙂

Senior Years (9-12): Robert Kaplinsky’s collection of mathy lessons are brilliant examples of how concepts in senior years can move away from delivering content and move towards explorations that deepen understanding. His collection covers all grades, but I highlight it here in senior years as it’s such good stuff in particular at these grade levels! He’s also on Twitter.

If you’re wanting to push thinking in (pre)Calculus and upper senior years, Professor Kate Owens from South Carolina has a blog with musings worth multiple readings. She’s on Twitter, and I appreciate her mix of conversation around the courses she teachers, the learners with whom she interacts, and her musings on early years mathematics development.

Up and Coming (any grades): Keep your eyes on YouCubed, a site based on the work of Professor Jo Boaler at Stanford University and “providing free and affordable K-12 mathematics resources and professional development for educators and parents”. So much good stuff coming from Jo these days, including the online free student course “How to Learn Math”.

Also keep your eyes on Mathbreakers. This is a virtual mathematical world that is currently a Kickstarter project, great potential for supporting all learners in mathematics through game-based play and supporting teachers through all sorts of analytics online!

Lastly, Amy Lin has just (re)started blogging. Based out of Ontario, she’s a math teacher and coach at Craig Kielburger Secondary School in Milton and is trying to blog regularly about her “math-ish” musings.

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Marvelous #Math Monday – Summer Free Fun – 06-09-2014

Summer is fast approaching, and with it the excitement of a break from school. Research has shown that summer learning loss can be significant, and parents sometimes wonder how they can keep their children engaged and learning over summer.

Below are some ideas for Winnipeg-based summer fun – some are numeracy focused, some are literacy focused, some are just plain fun and engaging. Sometimes with parents’ desire to structure their children’s summer time the concept of “just being” (unstructured time for play, thought, fun) is neglected – encouraging time for lack of structure is just as important! That being said, here are some ideas for parents – most of them free – for summer fun and learning.


Theatre+ Arts Pass: The Theatre+ Arts Pass “can be borrowed through select branches of the Winnipeg Public Library. Passes are available the first of every month (or when the Library is next open), and are first-come, first-served. All you need is a Winnipeg Public Library card! At this time, each Pass is eligible for complimentary tickets to one theatre production of your choice, from the partner organizations: Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Cercle Molière, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Sarasvàti Productions and Shakespeare in the Ruins, Manitoba Theatre for Young People.”

Each pass is good for a limited number of tickets. Click this link for a list of branches and current Theatre+ Arts options!

Teen Summer Reading Club: All online, all through the Winnipeg Public Library, all free – weekly prize packs, reading club, events, photography, so much for teens! Check it out!

Everything’s Free!: This 2014 spring/summer guide is every parent’s dream – a collection of everything in Winnipeg that’s free! Some highlights trapped within this guide (and there are dozens and dozens of opportunities):
1. Youth Action Centres – ages 11+: basketball, volleyball, crafts, and more – and some are at Pembina Trails schools like Acadia, A.A.Leach, and Bairdmore! (p.20)
2. Free swims and spray pad info (p.20)
3. Youth fishing program (p.23)

MTYP Film and Theatre Camp for Aboriginal youth: MTYP offers many pay-per-use programming over the summer, however they specifically offer two film camps and one live theatre camp in August where “aboriginal youth may qualify to take these programs free of charge”. For more details click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Board Games: Last June, I provided a list of 20 board games families can play over summer and/or can be used in the classroom. Check out the list in my blog post.

Money Math: These days, people are using real money less and less. Financial literacy supports numeracy skills like flexibility in thinking, place value, and estimation. “Make it Count” is a great website for parents, giving ideas on how to teach children money math. (Aussi en français – “Faites que ça compte”)

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Marvelous #Math Monday 06-02-2014

Engagement: Did you miss out on #mathphotoaday in May? No worries! There’s #mathphotoaday for June! Using Twitter or Instagram or blog posts, have students find and take pictures that match the daily words/phrases! Use the hashtag to see what other students are finding worldwide!

Critical Thinking: Trying to find creative ways to embed math skills/facts into learning, but the students who need the practice are sick of flash cards and rote learning? All you need is a pack of dominos and these six simple domino games. Change the type of domino used (double 6, double 9, double 18) and you can change the depth of critical thinking too!

Connections: Early in 2013, the NYC Department of Education challenged software developers to “submit apps and games that enhance math teaching and learning, and engagement for middle schools: a new or existing gap app that helps fill the gap in middle school math students’ skills, interests and motivation. Apps can address the gap by improving middle school math outcomes or by enhancing educator collaboration, classroom communication and management, or engagement.” Keeping in mind that the apps created mesh with US curriculum, check out the awesome winners collection here! My faves include the Mathalicious app, Fraction Planet, and Woot Math.

Ressources en Français: Avez-vous manquez #mathphotoaday au mois de Mai? Il y a # mathphotoaday pour Juin! Utilisez Twitter ou Instagram ou un blog, et demandez aux élèves de trouver et prendre des photos qui correspondent à des mots/expressions quotidiennes! Utilisez le hashtag pour voir ce que les autres étudiants trouvent dans le monde!

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