Author: MaryAnn Moore
I sometimes feel so overwhelmed by the amount of awesome resources and blog posts that I want to write about on the blog that I don't know how to begin writing about them. In order to help me just get started, I've decided to make a weekly series called MaryAnn's Favorites in which I will share one favorite blog/blog post and one favorite resource.
Favorite Resource: Problem Based Learning Search Engine
I've been reading and thinking a lot lately about the importance of teaching with an equal balance of conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application with equal intensity
If you're anything like me, your classroom is a heavier on the procedural side than it is on the conceptual and application side. When I search for more conceptual and application tasks, my first go-to is Robert Kaplinsky's Search Engine.
A Few Good Blog Posts:
Speaking of procedural fluency, playing a good game is a great way to get more student participation. Here are some of my favorite posts about playing games in math class. Most of these I haven't tried, but are on my to-do list as I look for ways to spice up ways that I do practice in my classroom.
Games in Math (Math Race) by Jon Orr
When students get a problem right, they get to put a sticky note on a number chart. At the end of class, a random number generator is used to select a number and a prize goes to the student with the winning number.
Grudge by Nathan Kraft
Grudge: The goal is to be the last person with an X remaining. When students get a problem right, they get to erase some else's X.