Let’s create an MC Escher-style tessellation art (and math) project with nothing more than an index card, a marker, and paper.
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Heaps is a lovely math-y strategy game that requires no more than paper and pencil to play.
Here’s the perfect constraint for March! Writing with the digits of Pi.
This differentiation technique is called “Concentric Circles”. You use it to move students up and down the ladder of abstraction, applying a single idea in multiple contexts.
Instead of just memorizing what a bunch of morphemes mean, we’re looking broadly, exploring patterns, finding unexpected similarities and weird differences.
Even what seems like a low-level “summarize” task can become beautifully high-level when we climb Bloom’s Taxonomy.
When we jump from “this kid likes board games” straight to “I’ll have them create a new board game”, we leave out important steps in the creative process and set kids up for disappointment (and end up with a lot of unfinished projects). Here’s how to scaffold a truly creative task.
So, just how much pasta could I cook in an Olympic-sized pool?
Here’s an interesting way to move students past mundane patterns in their writing. Ask for a rewrite, but without a letter (or two).
When you’re teaching a reading skill, can you replace some of those dull sample texts with glorious artwork?
How can we move a punctuation lesson beyond mere memorization and towards interesting thinking?
Let’s move beyond memorizing definitions and get kids grappling with the fascinating concept of infinity!
What if we used a universal theme to guide our study of fractions? These very big ideas get students thinking about fractions in a new way.
According to Costello, 7 × 13 = 28. In fact, watch him prove it…
Let’s start with a puzzlement, ask kids to generate an abstract statement, and then find evidence that their statement works across several different areas.
Direct Instruction is the model to use when we want to teach students to perform a specific skill. It gently moves from teacher modeling to independent student practice.
Inquiry Training is a model of instruction that looks a lot like 20 Questions. You’ll teach your students to ask more helpful questions and to avoid rushing to a hypothesis too quickly.
Get students moving, thinking, writing, and reading each others’ ideas with a Scholar’s Cafe.
My 21st century 12-year-olds absolutely died watching Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s On First” skit. And we got a great homophone activity out of it too.
Students took the classic song, Help!, and rewrote it to be about their collective summers.
If your students can find the area of a square then, armed with Google Earth, they can also figure out how many students you could pack into your school’s playground.
Here’s are the steps for running an inductive lesson based on Hilda Taba’s model of Concept Formation. Plus a sample lesson about the Nile River.
A fantastic fuzzy problem to start the year. Students use pasta and tape to try to get a marshmallow up as high as possible.
How one might revamp a “Wax Museum” project into something that focuses more on thinking than product.
Here’s a quick to learn but difficult to master math game. Start with some basic divisibility rules, but then feel free to extend it to any math topic.