Explore the MTBoS – Mission #1 is in full swing now! We have had over 150 bloggers post this week! If you haven’t written your post yet, there is still time. One of the blog topics this week is about “rich tasks”. I am trying to incorporate more rich tasks into my classroom, so thank you to all of the great bloggers who posted about their rich tasks because this is very helpful to me! If you haven’t been over there to read the blogs, you should go and read some now!
For this weeks mission, I decided to blog about something that makes my classroom distinctly mine. One of the best things that I have my students do every year is to create their own math wiki page. Each students wiki page is an electronic portfolio of their math projects and a place for them to showcase anything math related that they find. Many students add funny math jokes and pictures to their pages. Some students also put on math quizzes and extra hard problems that they create for other students to solve. For many of them, it is their first exposure to “social media”. They love reading and commenting on other students pages. I give them class time to read other students pages, but they also read each others pages on the weekends and even over breaks. They love being able to create their own page, and I love that they are spending so much time exploring more “mathy” things. It is especially a big hit in 6th grade, when students are new to computers and technology and aren’t heavily into other social media sites yet.
My new students know about the math wiki pages from my older students and usually start asking when they will get to create their own math wiki page on the first day of school. I love that there is such a positive buzz about it. It’s great when students are really looking forward to an activity in math class. This week my new 6th graders will finally get to create their pages! We are all pretty excited and I can’t wait to see what my new student produce!