My 5 Favorite “Open Middle” Problems

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

I stumbled upon Open Middle in 2015 while looking for resources to be used as a warm up that would be easily differentiated for my fifth graders. While we had discussed growth mindset, had been using visual representations, and had engaged in some productive struggle, many weren’t prepared for the level of flexible thinking Open Middle problems required. I was hooked!

My 5 Favorite “Which One Doesn’t Belong” Images

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

Narrowing down to just 5 favorite Which One Doesn’t Belong images was difficult. Not only are there a wealth of resources on the site, following @WODBMath and #wodb on Twitter, and this Google folder expands your options to even more treasures.

5 Ways to Include Yourself in the Online Math Community – Without Being on Twitter

Over the last year or 2 I’ve accepted the fact that there is a rather large subset of educators that love the #MTBoS resources I send out as links or share at sessions I lead, but they are not even close to ready to join twitter.  This post is for you.

Summer Homework for Math Teachers – 5 Websites You Need to Spend an Hour at and Steal Amazing Resources for Your Classroom This Fall.

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

So this summer I am spending 1 hour at each of the 5 websites below. I have 8 word docs (one for each unit I teach) ready to add all the resources I find.  You can organize what you find any way you like.  Join me in doing some teacher summer homework and search these sites with me.

The Spinner 3-Act Task in 4th Grade

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Elementary | One Comment

How long will a fidget spinner spin? I used this current craze to engage my 4th graders in a math review. Students started by making an estimate of how long the spin would last.

Estimation 180 in a 3rd Grade Classroom

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Elementary, Research and Resources | One Comment

Post-recess and lunch excitement is in the air as we walk back to our classroom; where our next subject to begin is math. As we all know, routines are crucial in the classroom so we begin our student-led, mindful breathing to focus our bodies and minds for learning.

Making Sense

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Elementary | No Comments

This was a wonderful opportunity for discussions around making sense of the problem, communicating clearly and making sense of each other’s thinking. Yes, in first grade.

It’s Elementary! – Planning

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

Last month we looked at what constitutes a rich task. How can we open up the tasks in our curriculum to be more engaging for all our learners?

It’s Elementary! – Rich Tasks

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Elementary | No Comments

We hear a lot about Rich Tasks these days. But…what does a “rich task” look like to you? What separates a rich task from an ordinary one? Where do we find them?

Open the Middle of Problems for Students

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

There are so many questions that float through my head when I see something new that piques my interest. Let’s look at one of those resources, Open Middle. Open Middle sprang from the mind of Robert Kaplinski after attending to Dan Meyer’s talk Video Games and Making Math More Like Things Students Like.