At Twitter Math Camp, Nicole Paris introduced us all to the “orangamallow“. Wow. So simple, yet so brilliant. How many times have I SAID, “a + b doesn’t make an applebanana“? But Nicole took it one step further and SHOWED this to her students, bridging the gap from the concrete to the abstract. Never underestimate the power of manipulatives, or visuals.
My students loved this so much, and got so excited about it, that I even recorded them today. This is big for me because I have never recorded myself teaching. But, I wanted Nicole to see how her idea inspired my class. THIS is why you all should be blogging and sharing, even if you don’t think you have that much to add. OR, if you think that what you have to add is obvious and couldn’t help much. Please find the time and blog your lessons! Just watch my students, who got so excited when I brought out the bag today that I was instantly sad I wasn’t already recording.
I also didn’t really want to record myself, so I hid behind the table as much as I could. I should record my lessons more as I noticed so much that I can improve upon in just one short video. Wow. I noticed that I talk way too much, no surprises there. But, when I talk too much, I say stupid things. I actually said algebraic equation instead of expression twice. Oh my.