I just finished reading what was my only post last February, which is important to do every once in a while I think because it helps to remind me where I was, where I want to be, and how far I've come. Just have time for a quick update today, so here's what's been going on in my teacher life this week...
Chancellor's Conference on Designing Instruction to Challenge Students
Yesterday I shared and learned at the Chancellor's Conference on Designing Instruction to Challenge Students. I presented with our 2nd grade teacher, on using project-based learning in the classroom. She shared her 2nd grade architecture study, and I shared about some of the PBLs I have done, including the Coke Project, Fraction Cookbook (6th grade), Stock Market Game, Road Trip Project, (7th grade) and Lunar Rover Proposal (8th grade/ Algebra 1). It felt good to share with others, but I would have also liked to be able to visit some of the other tables of schools that were sharing to learn from them as well. Plus the keynote speaker was Sally Reis, who was truly inspiring, and we sat two rows behind Joe Renzulli, which was the G & T teacher in me, was super excited about. She mostly talked about the SEM, which brought me back to my Hunter days, last summer. Overall, I am really glad I went, because even though sadly, the math breakout session in the afternoon wasn't very informative, the morning session really inspired me and reminded me why I enjoy what I do.
Thanks to a wonderful DOE promotion, I will be taking my 7th & 8th graders to see Hidden Figures this Friday for free! I saw it on my own a few weeks ago, and left feeling just so proud to be a math teacher and a woman. I've been wanting to do more about mathematicians this year, and this was a great opportunity to begin. Tomorrow, all three classes will be researching Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden in preparation for Friday's trip. The science teacher and literature teacher will be coming with us, and I found some other possible ways we could incorporate the movie into our classes: A Hidden Figures Lesson Plan, Let's Start a Movement for Hidden Figures, and Hidden Figures and the Journey to Celebrate NASA's Black Female Pioneers. I can't wait to share this movie with them!
The Game of Set
After reading Math = Love's post on the game of Set (which I have never played) I was inspired to learn how to play myself and loved the challenge so much, I introduced it to Math Club this week. They enjoyed it too, and I would love to do more with it, so I will be looking into that.
Lastly, also inspired by Math = Love (she really is inspiring), I introduced all my classes to the 2017 Challenge, even though I was a few weeks late, and boy did they take it and run! I should have known better than to make it a competition between my five classes. In fact I got so many responses the first day that I had to revise the challenge to be that the numbers 2, 0, 1, and 7 must be used in that order (although they could be combined to form larger numbers, like 2 and 0 could be 20, but they must come before the 1 and 7). I will say more about that later (and maybe even post some photos of my bulletin board), but my kids loved it! Thanks for the great idea, Sarah!