Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Line Up of Warm Ups

It seems like there are quite a few of you who are coming along with me on my journey to help students find their inner mathematician.
If you are just joining, you will want to check out Tracy Zager's book Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had.

I am really just lesson planning, mapping out my week, and trying to pull all the thoughts in my head into an actual plan.  Since there people who seem interested, I decided to use this blog post to do it so others have access to it.  This is not the full lesson plan, just the highlights and mostly the warm-ups I will use to get us in that mathematician state of mind.


Tuesday: Estimation

  • Let's start talking about our intuition.  Since we are working on class norms I think this is a great activity to have some fun with math and launch into a few expectations about respecting others.  I have been saving this tweet from Chrissy Newell since July because I loved it so much.  

 If you check the responses you can see Chrissy's response with actual number and background info.
  • I always do estimating on a number line and have a clothesline at the front of my room.  This first one will take longer as I set up those routines. will explain strategies for teaching estimating and clothesline in case you are not familiar with either of these.  


  • I noticed last week that when student did not get to my room before the bell that others (probably even their friends) started giving them a hard time.  "You're late." As if it were a competition and they just lost.  I want to make sure I address this because it was only the first week of school.  These students don't know each other well.  They are late because they are trying to figure out where everything is.  If students are being competitive about arrival times it does not bode well for a collaborative environment.  
Thursday: Notice/Wonder
  • In the first day of class we did an activity where students had to define and describe math.  So many said numbers.  (I created word clouds like in Tracy's book.  If you want me to blog about this activity just let me know.)  Also, when they were creating goals I realized that many of my students interpret questioning as asking for help (which it is, but it's so much more).  I am hoping to address both of these things with this notice/wonder.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder? 

Friday: Rise to the Challenge, Take Risks, and Check up on class norms
  • I just think this one is fun.  Math is about noticing patterns.  Someone did that and create the graph in this tweet.  I will be removing numbers and having students try to figure out what information is being graphed.  I doubt that anyone will get it (I will update if I am wrong).  This will be a great opportunity to practice our classroom norms.  We will have to explain our reasoning and try to prove ourselves to others who may have a different opinion.  We can make sure we are able to do so in a respectful way.  

I am hoping that these first warm ups will set the tone for my class and help students see math as so much more than numbers and calculations, and hopefully have some fun too.  

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