Math Rocks Mission #5: Collaboration Nation

The awesome part about this online community is all the sharing we do. Last week you experienced Twitter – that’s all about conversation. Twitter works for the short things we want to share – ideas, links, questions. The character limit is a bonus, it means no one is carrying on a monologue; Twitter is meant for dialogue.

Many times, those conversations leave you wanting more. You wish someone would elaborate on the thought they started in a tweet or share the entire lesson rather than a snippet. That’s where a blog comes in handy.

Sometimes, though, ideas are even bigger than a single person’s blog and turn into a theme that we compile or a new blog entirely (kind of like this one). This week is all about the things the MTBoS has accomplished when we join forces. These projects only work because people contribute to them, people like you! This week:

  1. Explore some websites to use with your students.
  2. Visit some websites for your own professional and/or mathematical growth.
  3. Comment on this post about what else you’ve discovered.
  4. Write a blog post about ONE (uno, ein, ichi) site you visited and how you might use it personally or with your students.

Note: The following resources can be used at a variety of grade levels including middle and high school. I’m sharing all of them because you may encounter a site you personally like to play with and use to grow your own math skills. These sites don’t just have to be used with your students. If a site appeals to you, and you want to continue exploring, have at it and have fun!

These are some sites that are fun for you and possibly your students to engage with:

Here’s a site to share with parents to help them engage their kids in mathematical conversation and play: Talking Math With Your Kids.

Analyze some Math Mistakes teachers have submitted, work with other commenters to pinpoint what the student’s misunderstanding might be and brainstorm how to help the student correct the mistake. Learn and share how to help students avoid some of their mistakes caused by lack of conceptual development at Nix the Tricks.

When you’re frustrated with all the mistakes students make, remind yourself why you teach by reading several teachers’ One Good Thing from each day of school. Over the summer, refill your enthusiasm repository to overflowing by attending Twitter Math Camp.

Do you have a first year teacher on your team? Here are some letters to share: Letter to a New Teacher. Even as a veteran teacher you might enjoy reading them to remember what is important.  This is just one of many Math Themed Memes, coined #matheme that people have participated in.

On Tuesday nights our community holds Global Math Department meetings via webinar. It’s the department and PD you’ve always wished for. You can attend in your pajamas.

If you’d like a window inside a variety of math classrooms, in two minute clips, check out Mathagogy. And here’s another window inside an even wider variety of (mostly math) classrooms, in full-day recaps: A Day in the Life of a Teacher.

If you’re looking through these sites and wondering why there aren’t more geared towards elementary school, that’s where you come in! Part of my goal for sharing this community with you is to grow the number of elementary school educators. As you can see, this community can do great things when it works together, but we need more elementary-level folks to make that happen. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to work with some teachers in RRISD or beyond to create a resource this school year!


From Exploring the MTBoS Mission #3 and Resources by Tina Cardone (with minor adaptations)

14 thoughts on “Math Rocks Mission #5: Collaboration Nation

  1. Open middle is awesome!!! I love that students would have to draw the pictures and we could get some great discussion happening while going through the steps of how to solve the problem. Super cool #rrmathrocks #elemmathchat


  2. So many great resources!!! My favorites were “Open Middle” and “Math Talks.” I can see both sites being incredibly useful in the classroom. As a teacher, it is always hard to find rich problems to use with students. The “Open Middle” problems provide a great springboard to get students thinking. Likewise, reading the “Math Talks” responses reminds us that our students think differently and we should value all of their contributions.


  3. So many great resources. I love the estimation 180. In my exploration, I came across. This site is created by Stanford University and has some great lessons to get your students thinking about math and have some lessons written for the first days of school. They also have some great information on Fixed Vs. Growth Mindset.


  4. The only problem I have with these sites is that I could look around on them for hours! There are so many ideas for engaging students in rigorous thinking in some unique ways. I love that the problems from Open Middle contain so many levels of thinking and reasoning, from Kindergarten through High School and beyond.


  5. So many great resources to use with students! One of my favorites was made for teachers though– A good reminder to look at the positive–we can always use this at the beginning of the year!


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