Favorite Math Tasks / Activities / Lessons

The topic for next week is “Warm-Ups and Closures“.   Submit your blog post here.

Blog posts appear in the order they were submitted. 

 


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Our topic for next week is, “Warm-Ups and Closures”

Due: Sunday, September 24th, 6AM

We blogged about our favorite lessons last week.  Let’s blog about how we open and close each day this week!  Do you have a consistent warm-up?  How do you make sure you close each day?  Has being consistent helped your class run?  Submit your blog post here.

Helpful tips:

      • Submit your blog post (below) by Sunday at 6AM to have your post included in the weekly summary.
      • Tweet out your post!  Use the hashtags #MTBoS (Math Twitter Blogosphere)*, and #SundayFunday to get more traffic to your post.  This is especially important if you are new to tweeting because only your followers will see your tweets unless you include a hashtag.
      • Additional Hashtags:  Of course you can always add more hashtags to your Tweet so more people will be exposed to your post!  You can search any keywords to find a hashtag, and here are some of the more popular ones:
        • #ElemMathChat (Elementary Teachers)
        • #MSmathChat (Middle School Teachers)
        • #GeomChat (Geometry)
        • #Alg1Chat (Alg1 Teachers)
        • #Alg2Chat (Alg2 Teachers)
        • #PreCalcChat (PreCalc and Calc)
        • #MathChat
      • JUST  #PushSend!  🙂

Submit your post using the form below by Saturday at midnight! Just #PressSend

You can also click here to submit.

New to Blogging?

If you are like, “Wow!  This sounds like so much fun!  I want to blog but don’t know where to start!” then you must read “Mission 1: The Power of the Blog” on the Explore the MTBoS site.

** The hardest thing to do week after week is come up with great prompts.  Please help us out by telling us what you would like to blog about (or even read about) here!

* The Math Twitters Blogosphere is not an organization.  Rather it refers to ANYONE that is involved in MATH in ANY way!  You do NOT have to Tweet or have a blog!  But, you can find many teachers that do tweet and blog by searching the hashtag #MTBoS on Twitter.  All are welcome, no invitation necessary!  Please join in the conversation!  Just #PushSend!  

Thanks so very much to @DruinOK for getting this all started and Jessica,  @Algebrainiac1, for creating our awesome logo!

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Emergency Sub Plans for Math Teachers

The topic for next week is “Your Favorite Math Task / Activity / Lesson“.  It can be a small task or an entire lesson!  Share what you love!   Submit your blog post here.

Blog posts appear in the order they were submitted. 


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Our topic for next week is, “Favorite Math Tasks”

Due: Sunday, September 17th, 6AM

   Submit your blog post here.

Helpful tips:

  • Submit your blog post (below) by Sunday at 6AM to have your post included in the weekly summary.
  • Tweet out your post!  Use the hashtags #MTBoS (Math Twitter Blogosphere)*, and #SundayFunday to get more traffic to your post.  This is especially important if you are new to tweeting because only your followers will see your tweets unless you include a hashtag.
  • Additional Hashtags:  Of course you can always add more hashtags to your Tweet so more people will be exposed to your post!  You can search any keywords to find a hashtag, and here are some of the more popular ones:
    • #ElemMathChat (Elementary Teachers)
    • #MSmathChat (Middle School Teachers)
    • #GeomChat (Geometry)
    • #Alg1Chat (Alg1 Teachers)
    • #Alg2Chat (Alg2 Teachers)
    • #PreCalcChat (PreCalc and Calc)
    • #MathChat
  • JUST  #PushSend!  🙂

Submit your post using the form below by Saturday at midnight! Just #PressSend

You can also click here to submit.

New to Blogging?

If you are like, “Wow!  This sounds like so much fun!  I want to blog but don’t know where to start!” then you must read “Mission 1: The Power of the Blog” on the Explore the MTBoS site.

** The hardest thing to do week after week is come up with great prompts.  Please help us out by telling us what you would like to blog about (or even read about) here!

* The Math Twitters Blogosphere is not an organization.  Rather it refers to ANYONE that is involved in MATH in ANY way!  You do NOT have to Tweet or have a blog!  But, you can find many teachers that do tweet and blog by searching the hashtag #MTBoS on Twitter.  All are welcome, no invitation necessary!  Please join in the conversation!  Just #PushSend!  

Thanks so very much to @DruinOK for getting this all started and Jessica,  @Algebrainiac1, for creating our awesome logo!

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Our Favorite Math TEACHER HACKS!

The topic for next week is “Emergency Sub Plans”.  We all have to have a back up plan for emergencies!  Do you have a folder?  What is in it and how is it organized?  And most importantly, what activity did you plan for your students?   Submit your blog post here.

Blog posts appear in the order they were submitted. 

 


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Our topic for next week is, “Emergency Sub Plans”

Due: Sunday, September 10th, 6AM

We all have to have a back up plan for emergencies!  Do you have a folder?  What is in it?  And most importantly, what activity did you plan for your students?   Submit your blog post here.

Helpful tips:

  • Submit your blog post (below) by Sunday at 6AM to have your post included in the weekly summary.
  • Tweet out your post!  Use the hashtags #MTBoS (Math Twitter Blogosphere)*, and #SundayFunday to get more traffic to your post.  This is especially important if you are new to tweeting because only your followers will see your tweets unless you include a hashtag.
  • Additional Hashtags:  Of course you can always add more hashtags to your Tweet so more people will be exposed to your post!  You can search any keywords to find a hashtag, and here are some of the more popular ones:
    • #ElemMathChat (Elementary Teachers)
    • #MSmathChat (Middle School Teachers)
    • #GeomChat (Geometry)
    • #Alg1Chat (Alg1 Teachers)
    • #Alg2Chat (Alg2 Teachers)
    • #PreCalcChat (PreCalc and Calc)
    • #MathChat
  • JUST  #PushSend!  🙂

Submit your post using the form below by Saturday at midnight! Just #PressSend

You can also click here to submit.

New to Blogging?

If you are like, “Wow!  This sounds like so much fun!  I want to blog but don’t know where to start!” then you must read “Mission 1: The Power of the Blog” on the Explore the MTBoS site.

** The hardest thing to do week after week is come up with great prompts.  Please help us out by telling us what you would like to blog about (or even read about) here!

* The Math Twitters Blogosphere is not an organization.  Rather it refers to ANYONE that is involved in MATH in ANY way!  You do NOT have to Tweet or have a blog!  But, you can find many teachers that do tweet and blog by searching the hashtag #MTBoS on Twitter.  All are welcome, no invitation necessary!  Please join in the conversation!  Just #PushSend!  

Thanks so very much to @DruinOK for getting this all started and Jessica,  @Algebrainiac1, for creating our awesome logo!

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SOS Organization for Teachers

The topic for next week is “Teacher HACKS”.  Please share the tips and tricks that you have picked up along the way!  If you don’t have teacher hacks, or included them in your organization post, you could post about “Icebreakers” instead.  And if you are feeling really inspired, you could even blog about BOTH!  🙂   Submit your blog post here.

Blog posts appear in the order they were submitted. 

 


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Our topic for next week is, “Teacher Hacks! “

Due: Sunday, August 27th, 6AM

Elissa suggested this fun topic for the week!

Helpful tips:

  • Submit your blog post (below) by Sunday at 6AM to have your post included in the weekly summary.
  • Tweet out your post!  Use the hashtags #MTBoS (Math Twitter Blogosphere)*, and #SundayFunday to get more traffic to your post.  This is especially important if you are new to tweeting because only your followers will see your tweets unless you include a hashtag.
  • Additional Hashtags:  Of course you can always add more hashtags to your Tweet so more people will be exposed to your post!  You can search any keywords to find a hashtag, and here are some of the more popular ones:
    • #ElemMathChat (Elementary Teachers)
    • #MSmathChat (Middle School Teachers)
    • #GeomChat (Geometry)
    • #Alg1Chat (Alg1 Teachers)
    • #Alg2Chat (Alg2 Teachers)
    • #PreCalcChat (PreCalc and Calc)
    • #MathChat
  • JUST  #PushSend!  🙂

Submit your post using the form below by Saturday at midnight! Just #PressSend

You can also click here to submit.

New to Blogging?

If you are like, “Wow!  This sounds like so much fun!  I want to blog but don’t know where to start!” then you must read “Mission 1: The Power of the Blog” on the Explore the MTBoS site.

** The hardest thing to do week after week is come up with great prompts.  Please help us out by telling us what you would like to blog about (or even read about) here!

* The Math Twitters Blogosphere is not an organization.  Rather it refers to ANYONE that is involved in MATH in ANY way!  You do NOT have to Tweet or have a blog!  But, you can find many teachers that do tweet and blog by searching the hashtag #MTBoS on Twitter.  All are welcome, no invitation necessary!  Please join in the conversation!  Just #PushSend!  

Thanks so very much to @DruinOK for getting this all started and Jessica,  @Algebrainiac1, for creating our awesome logo!

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Classroom Management Help

The topic for next week is “Everything Organization”.  Please share you stealth organization, tips, and tricks that make managing everything else a breeze!   Submit your blog post here.

Blog posts appear in the order they were submitted. 


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Our topic for next week is, “Organization “

Due: Sunday, August 27th, 6AM

One of the MOST REQUESTED topics in the Topic Submission Form was organization!  Since it’s still August, there is no better time to tackle this!  Help the organizationally challenged (like me).  Tell us all how you do it!  Tell us all about your organization hacks, classroom layout (photos if you have them!), classroom routines, gradebooks, managing students, dates, emails, paper!  

Helpful tips:

  • Submit your blog post (below) by Sunday at 6AM to have your post included in the weekly summary.
  • Tweet out your post!  Use the hashtags #MTBoS (Math Twitter Blogosphere)*, and #SundayFunday to get more traffic to your post.  This is especially important if you are new to tweeting because only your followers will see your tweets unless you include a hashtag.
  • Additional Hashtags:  Of course you can always add more hashtags to your Tweet so more people will be exposed to your post!  You can search any keywords to find a hashtag, and here are some of the more popular ones:
    • #ElemMathChat (Elementary Teachers)
    • #MSmathChat (Middle School Teachers)
    • #GeomChat (Geometry)
    • #Alg1Chat (Alg1 Teachers)
    • #Alg2Chat (Alg2 Teachers)
    • #PreCalcChat (PreCalc and Calc)
    • #MathChat
  • JUST  #PushSend!  🙂

Submit your post using the form below by Saturday at midnight! Just #PressSend

You can also click here to submit.

New to Blogging?

If you are like, “Wow!  This sounds like so much fun!  I want to blog but don’t know where to start!” then you must read “Mission 1: The Power of the Blog” on the Explore the MTBoS site.

** The hardest thing to do week after week is come up with great prompts.  Please help us out by telling us what you would like to blog about (or even read about) here!

* The Math Twitters Blogosphere is not an organization.  Rather it refers to ANYONE that is involved in MATH in ANY way!  You do NOT have to Tweet or have a blog!  But, you can find many teachers that do tweet and blog by searching the hashtag #MTBoS on Twitter.  All are welcome, no invitation necessary!  Please join in the conversation!  Just #PushSend!  

Thanks so very much to @DruinOK for getting this all started and Jessica,  @Algebrainiac1, for creating our awesome logo!

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First Day Blogs, 2017-18 #MTBoS

Blog posts appear in the order they were submitted. 

From the archives! Collections of blog posts about first days from past years.


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Our topic for next week is, “Classroom Management”

Due: Sunday, August 20th, 6AM

Recently, Fawn wrote a post on Classroom Management that I really enjoyed.  As Fawn pointed out, Michael is right, we don’t talk enough about this!  Because sometimes, we do pick the right task, and are doing the right things, when something goes wrong.  How do you handle that?  What are your policies that help your class run smoothly?  What are your go-tos?  How do we engage the student that doesn’t like our class, or is disrespectful?  When do we contact parents and what do we say to them?  What resources have helped you that others could turn to?  I’ve been teaching for many years and this is still hard for me.  So, let’s write this week for each other, and especially for the new teachers out there.  Because this is a topic that is not often covered enough, especially in a positive way!

Helpful tips:

  • Submit your blog post (below) by Sunday at 6AM to have your post included in the weekly summary.
  • Tweet out your post!  Use the hashtags #MTBoS (Math Twitter Blogosphere)*, and #SundayFunday to get more traffic to your post.  This is especially important if you are new to tweeting because only your followers will see your tweets unless you include a hashtag.
  • Additional Hashtags:  Of course you can always add more hashtags to your Tweet so more people will be exposed to your post!  You can search any keywords to find a hashtag, and here are some of the more popular ones:
    • #ElemMathChat (Elementary Teachers)
    • #MSmathChat (Middle School Teachers)
    • #GeomChat (Geometry)
    • #Alg1Chat (Alg1 Teachers)
    • #Alg2Chat (Alg2 Teachers)
    • #PreCalcChat (PreCalc and Calc)
    • #MathChat
  • JUST  #PushSend!  🙂

Submit your post using the form below by Saturday at midnight! Just #PressSend

You can also click here to submit.

New to Blogging?

If you are like, “Wow!  This sounds like so much fun!  I want to blog but don’t know where to start!” then you must read “Mission 1: The Power of the Blog” on the Explore the MTBoS site.

** The hardest thing to do week after week is come up with great prompts.  Please help us out by telling us what you would like to blog about (or even read about) here!

* The Math Twitters Blogosphere is not an organization.  Rather it refers to ANYONE that is involved in MATH in ANY way!  You do NOT have to Tweet or have a blog!  But, you can find many teachers that do tweet and blog by searching the hashtag #MTBoS on Twitter.  All are welcome, no invitation necessary!  Please join in the conversation!  Just #PushSend!  

Thanks so very much to @DruinOK for getting this all started and Jessica,  @Algebrainiac1, for creating our awesome logo!

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A Collection of Goals from Across the #MTBoS, 2017-18

Wow! I am blown away by all of the blog posts this week!  We had almost 50 posts!
Blog posts appear in the order they were submitted. 


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Our topic for next week is, “First Day Plans”

Due: Sunday, August 13th, 6AM

Helpful tips:

  • Submit your blog post (below) by Sunday at 6AM to have your post included in the weekly summary.
  • Tweet out your post!  Use the hashtags #MTBoS (Math Twitter Blogosphere)*, #PushSend and #SundayFunday to get more traffic to your post.  This is especially important if you are new to tweeting because only your followers will see your tweets unless you include a hashtag.
  • Additional Hashtags:  Of course you can always add more hashtags to your Tweet so more people will be exposed to your post!  You can search any keywords to find a hashtag, and here are some of the more popular ones:
    • #ElemMathChat (Elementary Teachers)
    • #MSmathChat (Middle School Teachers)
    • #GeomChat (Geometry)
    • #Alg1Chat
    • #Alg2Chat (Alg2 Teachers)
    • #PreCalcChat
    • #MathChat
  • JUST  #PushSend!  🙂

Submit your post using the form below by Saturday at midnight! Just #PressSend

You can also click here to submit.

New to Blogging?

If you are like, “Wow!  This sounds like so much fun!  I want to blog but don’t know where to start!” then you must read “Mission 1: The Power of the Blog” on the Explore the MTBoS site.

** The hardest thing to do week after week is come up with great prompts.  Please help us out by telling us what you would like to blog about (or even read about) here!

* The Math Twitters Blogosphere is not an organization.  Rather it refers to ANYONE that is involved in MATH in ANY way!  You do NOT have to Tweet or have a blog!  But, you can find many teachers that do tweet and blog by searching the hashtag #MTBoS on Twitter.  All are welcome, no invitation necessary!  Please join in the conversation!  Just #PushSend!  

Thanks so very much to @DruinOK for getting this all started and Jessica,  @Algebrainiac1, for creating our awesome logo!

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ALL of the TMC (Twitter Math Camp) Songs

Since TMC (Twitter Math Camp) IS camp, of course we have a camp song every year!  (Unless Sean skips TMC – no pressure here Sean, but never forget that the one year you DIDN’T come, we didn’t have a song.  And I promise that Rachel, Dave, and I tried so hard!)

Every year while at TMC, we go furiously searching for the words to each and every song so we can sing them together, at game night, in the car, in the hotel lobby, because that is also what you do at camp – you sing everywhere you go!

So, here is a compilation of all of the amazing TMC songs!  Special thanks to Sean, Rachel, Dave and Tina who always make it happen every year!

Short and Sweet!  Some of the MP3 files here:

#TMC12 – “Tweet Me Maybe”

Sung to the tune of “Call Me Maybe”

I sat alone in my class,
Hoping my students would pass,
Prepping was kicking my ass
But help was on the way

I started searching the net,
To find a way to connect
Found teachers I’d never met
and I was on my way

Dan’s blog was poppin’,
G-Reader, feed not stoppin’
Each day, I would drop-in
Guess it’s time for hop in!

Hey, I just found you, And this is crazy,
But here’s my ID, So tweet me, maybe?

It’s hard to reach out, Please don’t flame me,
But here’s my ID, So tweet me, maybe?

Hey, I just found you, And this is crazy
But here’s my ID, So tweet me, maybe?

It’s hard to reach out, Please don’t flame me,
But here’s my ID, So tweet me, maybe?

Oh holy crap can it be,
Nowak responded to me,
Blogging math celebrity,
She’s twitter royalty

I beg, and borrow and steal
No reinventing the wheel,
What are these urges I feel?
Nerdy math sex appeal

Hal-lo-ween was awesome
Dull worksheets, I could toss ‘em
My, i-deas could blossom

Now it’s time for Math Camp, baby!

Hey, I just met you, all in person.
Twitter Math Camp, this was the first one

It’s hard to teach right, in i-so-laaaaaation,
So here’s some PD, just like va-ca-tion

Hey, I just met you, all in person.
Twitter Math Camp, this was the first one
It’s hard to teach right, in i-so-laaaaaaation,
So here’s some PD, just like va-ca-tion

Before I came onto your sites,
I must’ve taught so bad,
I must’ve taught so bad,
I must’ve taught so so bad

Before I came onto your sites
I must’ve taught so bad
and you should know that
It was so, so sad

I loved free pizza, and the brew-ry.
You know my ID, So tweet me, maybe?

Ci-ty Muse-um, or the Card’s game,
So tweet me sometime, I won’t be too lame

So, thank you Shelli, thank you Li-sa.
Don’t want to go home – so glad to meet ya

Now that it’s coming to an end
we’ll miss you so bad
we’ll miss you so bad
we’ll miss you so, so bad

Before you came into our lives
We must’ve taught so bad
And you should know that.

So tweet me, maybe?

Video:

#TMC13 – Tic-Toc TMC13

Wake up in the morning draggin’ both my feet
Up all night, planning for classes, did I even sleep?
Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of….. *soda*
Cause when I’m done for the week, I’ll still be in a coma

(I’m so) Tired of bandanas on dogs, dogs
Looking for a lesson ’bout logs, logs
(So I’m) checking out all your blogs, blogs

(and now) I feel like I’m gettin’ less bitter
Then my heart starts to flitter
(When I) read about a conference on twitter

Math camp, getting amped
Maybe I’ll meet Fawn and Sam
We’ll do math, share some laughs
And improve our teaching craft
(All) weekend, meeting friends
Makin’ T-M-C trend, like
(Whoa-oh oh oh)

Math camp, getting amped
Hashtag #needaredstamp
We’ll do math, share some laughs
And improve our teaching craft
(All) weekend, meeting friends
Makin’ T-M-C trend, like
(Whoa-oh oh oh)

Ain’t got a care in the world, as I get on the plane
In-fin-ite tangents on my iPod, I’ve got math on the brain
And now, the tweeps are showing up, dropping trivia knowledge
Learning more here in four days, than in four years of college

(I’m talking about) tweets blowin up our phones, phones
High priest-ess on her throne, throne
(Mathalicious in our) romance cone, cone

(Now) Michael Pershan doing Jay-Z
Nathan gettin’ cra-zy
Food truck foods don’t phase me
(Admittedly, that last line was lazy)

Math camp, now we’re amped
Rooms of swooning Desmos fans
(We’ll) do math, share some laughs
And improve our teaching craft
(All) weekend, meeting friends
Makin’ T-M-C trend, like
(Whoa-oh oh oh)
(Ro-ro-ro-ro cone)

Math camp, now we’re amped
Stealing all your lesson plans
(We’ll) do math, share some laughs
And improve our teaching craft
(All) weekend, meeting friends
Makin’ T-M-C trend, like
(Whoa-oh oh oh)

O-ri-ga-mi
Kar-ee-oke
Piano duels
It was all cool

Lisa, Shelli
Max, Anthony
James and Jessie
How we thank you

We listen now
We notice now
We wonder now
And you showed us

Listen, shut up
Listen, shut up
Listen, shut up

(Sam!!) Twitter math camp don’t start ’til I walk in

Math camp, still so amped
But hey, where the hell is Dan?
(We) Did maths, shared some laughs
And improved our teaching craft
(All) weekend, meeting friends
Makin’ T-M-C trend, like
(Whoa-oh oh oh)

Math camp, we got amped
Lisa Henry is our champ
(We) Did math, shared some laughs
And improved our teaching craft
(all) weekend, met our friends
Wish it all would never end, oh
(No oh oh oh)

#TMC14:  No Sean = No Song 😞

#TMC15 –  “Party at the TMC”

Party at the TMC mp3

I hopped off the plane at L.A.X.
Because I didn’t realize there was a closer airport
Welcome to the land of awesome tweeps (whoa),
Am I gonna fit in?

Jumped in the car,
Here we are for the fourth time
(beat) Look to my right and I see the Harvey Mudd Sign
This is all so crazy
Everybody seems so famous

My phone is buzzin’ with the fav-rites and the retweets
So much excitement and I’m nervous,
That’s when Lisa turned on the microphone
And then TMC was on
And then TMC was on
And then TMC was on

[Chorus:]
So I put my hands up
I’m giving high fives
The MTBoS is here to stay
We’re starting on time like yeah
Movin’ our thumbs like yeah
We got our phones out,
We’re tweeting along,
There’s awesome packed in every day
Yeah, twitter math camp where your work is play
Yeah, twitter math camp where your work is play

Get to Friday gonna share my fav
Everybody’s tweeting at me now
Like, “Who’s that chick that 3D prints?”
I gotta go and track her down.
(beat) Sooo hard to choose, why can’t I pick three?
It’s definitely not like normal PD

‘Cause all I see are teaching pro-s
Sha-kin’ it in front of two pianos
My tummy’s rumbling’ and I gotta pick a food TRUCK
Gonna count the times that fawn will say f…. whoa whoa whoa! -something incredibly heartfelt that makes us all feel very emotional-
That’s when Chris Shore dropped and did the worm
And then Fawn put a wig on
And then Fawn put a wig on
And then Matt put a wig on

So we put our hands up
We’re two hundred strong
And growing bigger ev’ry day
Bar-be-que-ing like yeah
Nixing the tricks like yea
Now look at these pics
Which doesn’t belong?
There’s awesome packed in every day
Yeah, twitter math camp where your work is play
Yeah, twitter math camp where your work is play

Soon I’m hoppin’ on my flight (on my fllight)
Wish I’d won The Price Is Right (Price is Right)
Hard to leave you every time (every time)
But then I’ll just log on and I’ll feel alright

So we put our hands up
We’re waving goodbye
We’re sad to all go away:
Courtyard chil-ling like yeah
Raf-fle-ing stuff like yeah
We found what we love,
We’re doing that now,
And did it for the last four days
Yeah, twitter math camp where your work is play
Yeah, twitter math camp where your work is play

#TMC15 – Party in the TMC Video:

Slideshow to accompany Party at the TMC!

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#TMC16 – TMC Party Rock Anthem

Sung to the tune of Party Rock Anthem

Party Anthem mp3 

T-M-C in Minn-e-a-po-lis
(Hope) everybody’s gonna have a good trip
I hope that I can get a pic,
With Dan Meyer’s built-in self-ie stick

T-M-C is in the house today(oh)
Where math teachers come to learn and play (Varsity math baby!)
Desmos features gonna make you say: (yeah)
We just wanna see you…
Graph that!
Boop boop boop boop boop-boo-boop boop-boo-boop boop boop boop

In the dorms playing games, all so different,
yet we’re all the same, learning non-stop so glad I came
Basking in the glow of all the this twitter fame
G-I-Fs from the J-L-V
Twins hat, math stickers and our clever T’s
Half vets half newbs, pizza please
But which session, David Wees?

Yo!
I’m lovin’ all these sessions, never restin’
Got that math teacher swag, wanna brag ‘bout this profession
T-M-C, yeah! Now I got a confession
Yo don’t hate, let’s be straight: I’m just here to steal your lessons
(Yeah!)

The Blue Tape Lounge will make you want to stay (whoa)
Sam’s explore math blew us all away (yeah)
Minnehaha hike to end your day
Grab your team for trivia, let’s play (Let’s go)

T-M-C is in the house today (oh)
Where math teachers come to learn and play (Expand MTBoS baby!)
Desmos features gonna make you say: (yeah)
We just wanna see you…
sort that!

Step up fast, backwards bike gonna make you bust your ass
Math tans’ song from Sister Act, now stop – check this map
Choose the 10 percent (You’re gonna change)
Practice with intent (says Dylan Kane)
We just wanna see (You’re trending now)
All your blogs and tweets (You’re MTBoS now)
Tesselate, math debate, contemplate then calculate [4x]

T-M-C is going to end today
Where math teachers came to learn and play (Face your fears, baby!)
Desmos features gonna make you say: (yeah)
We just wanna see you…
Math that!

#TMC16 Party Anthem Video

#TMC17 – TMC17 Magic

sung to the tune “24K Magic”

Tuesday
Start off with the Desmos precon
Geometry and CL
Let’s set T-M-C off right

Put yo’ first year buttons to the moon
What session y’all trying to do?
TMC sev-en-teen in ATL
Grass roots PD done well

It’s time for airplanes (shuttle trains)
User names (Blog fame)
Guess who’s back again?
And if you’re new (Go on pin em)
And if you’re shy (Go on pin em)
Feeling welcome soon as you walk in (we hope)

Wearing Nerdy clothes (ya)
some desmos toes
And crazy cool math tattoos (whoop, whoop)
Don’t wait too long might burn ya’self.
Eat dinner with everyone new.

Grace Chen, She’s an eloquent one with some truth bombs in her pocket (keep up)
So many great ideas to write down, but I gotta find a socket (charge up)
Speed date, make some friends, with some tweeps that I’ve been stalkin’(meet up)

Put your Intro-vert pins to the moon
Girl, what way you spinnin’?
TMC seven-teen in ATL
Come on ring Sam’s Bell

Second verse for the holy (holy) innocents (innocents)
Daniel F, working hard, runnin’ ‘round
Can I blog?(uh huh) Can I tweet?(uh huh)
Gotta show ‘em how teachers get down

First have your coffee(coffee), move your body(body)
Sing little mermaid in the middle of the lobby (whoop whoop)
Make us trend- Let’s all listen to Ca-rl – Just #PushSend

He’s from a dangerous land, and he’s teaching bout the SQWIGLES
So many really funny moments, even fractions makes us giggle
Buy a house, Play with math, Now we’re eating at the pickle

Make a, pinky, promise, to the room
How many cubes? That worm is 22
TMC seven-teen in ATL
Take over the hotel

Everywhere we go we be like (Oooh, Let’s trade shirts!)
Everywhere we go we be like (Ooooh Let’s trade books!)
Oh everywhere we go they be like (Please stop singing)

————- watch me #push send like
Twitter Math ca-amp, trending #1
Waffle house (cheesy eggs, smothered covered diced hashbrowns – rockstar!)
Crochet now!
How old’s that selfie? How old’s that selfie(selfie)
Let’s play some games. 10 minute rain.
Put your first year buttons to the moon
Can we get sleep soon?
TMC seven-teen in ATL
Grass roots PD done well

Make a, pinky promise, to the room
Tweet #1TMCthing soon.
TMC say goodbye to A-aaatlaaantaa
SEND SAM A BANANA!!!

Slideshow for TMC Magic

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** More MP3’s and slideshows are coming as I find them!

I Use Worksheets & WE ARE GOOD ENOUGH!

I was going to title this “We ALL Use Worksheets!” because I think that we all probably do.  But then I didn’t want to speak for ALL of the math teachers everywhere.  But really, do we?

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this amazing online community of math teachers that I follow.  #MTBoS!!  I read their material and am often just blown away.  I read about problem based learning and project based learning and standards based grading and rich tasks and problem solving and debate and ALL OF THE THINGS.  I even read about teachers creating an entire Calculus curriculum, from scratch.  And I’m like, “Wow, I suck.”  So I steal and steal and steal.  And through all of this reading and stealing, I am inspired to work hard to create a lesson that is not only fun, but possibly educational.  And then I blog it, so I can give back.

And that is it.  I don’t blog my sucky days, obviously!  Just like I post on the rest of social media, I blog my highlights.  And even though I try really hard to make each day an amazing and engaging experience for my students, I do not do SEXY activities like Barbie Bungee or Catapult Quadratics every day.  So thank you Kate for posting  “In Defense of Unsexy”.  Because so many of my days are unsexy.

Next year we are adopting CPM.  It is a curriculum.  I have never used a math “textbook” I loved or wanted to follow each day, and I have never had an actual “curriculum”.  But when I saw that many of the CPM lessons were actually lessons I had used in the past (most often from bloggers), I was excited!  But at the same time, I felt guilty.  I felt that I was not enough if I was using a curriculum that I basically followed every day.  I felt that I was not an awesome math teacher if I was not creating (or stealing from the #MTBoS) crazy interesting lessons as much as possible.

Then a few awesome things happened to show me that I was wrong.  In my Rich Tasks morning session at TMC (Twitter Math Camp), we spent a morning analyzing how we could change a worksheet into a rich task.  Or how we could even change an existing worksheet into a rich task simply with implementation (I plan to blog about this later).  Then Peg Cagle spoke about how incredibly difficult writing curriculum was. And that there are many, many great series out there that are research based, teacher created, and teacher/student tested that teachers could use (and some were even free).  So if we are able to use one of those we should!  (And if not, we could use the lessons as a resource.)

Our TMC Keynote speaker Carl inspired us to all just #pushsend.  Many people started tweeting some variation of, “You are enough”.

Finally Sean talked about using worksheets in his Marbleslides talk.  Once home, I read Kate’s “Unsexy” post and then the expert below, from the blog of a true newbie.  Taylor will be a first year teacher this year.  Even though she has never taught (other than student teaching) she was brave enough to come to TMC.  And she was brave enough to write this.

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And, the magic lives on since.

Screen Shot 2017-08-01 at 6.18.32 PMSince incorporating as many math teachers the #MTBoS as possible is such a giant part of my life, I am having a tough time understanding the feelings of exclusion.  I am trying.  But maybe this is a big part of it.  WE ARE ALL GOOD ENOUGH.  We are teachers for goodness sake.  We are MATH teachers, who chose to be here because we want to teach math to kids.  We are all trying our hardest.  We are working hard to get better everyday.  It is ok most days are unsexy.  In fact, it is great.

WE ARE ALL GOOD ENOUGH.

Love,

Unsexy Julie

Let’s Blog Together! Sunday Funday is Back!

MTBoS SunFun Logo

Blogging is something wonderful that you can do for yourself.  I’m not a great writer and grammar mystifies me.  But that is OK, I write for myself.  I write to brainstorm, to reflect, to hold myself accountable, and especially to remember my past lessons for future years!  When I first started blogging, no one read it, few if any commented.  And that was ok, even better at first, because I didn’t have to worry about an audience.  It was almost like a diary, and it was freeing.  I was writing for me.  

This past year has been tough.  I tweeted much less, I rarely blogged.  And I missed it.  In fact, maybe NOT blogging contributed to this being a tough year?  Blogging takes time, and I didn’t TAKE time for me.  I didn’t MAKE time for me.  I need some ME time.

Carl Oliver gave a keynote, Hitting the Darn ‘Send’ Button at TMC (Twitter Math Camp) last week where he encouraged everyone who is a current tweeter/blogger or is interested in tweeting or blogging to “Just #PushSend“.  All of this talk about blogging inspired me.  And then everything changed with this one tweet from Shelli.

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MS/HS SunFun was a blogging initiative that existed a few years back.  It was fun, and inspiring, but especially helpful to have a weekly prompt!  So YES, it was an amazing idea, and once Shelli suggested it we jumped right on it!  Thankfully Jessica also got all excited and whipped up a logo (actually multiple logos like a logo savant).  We pulled Sam in for logo design suggestions and were soon on our way!

Have you never blogged before?  Are you afraid to blog? ME TOO! Blogging can be scary for everyone.  It can even be tough for long time bloggers to #PushSend.  But blogging has done so much for ME, and I want to help bring that to YOU.   Please know that you are good enough, and that you deserve it.  You should blog for YOU.  Just #PushSend“.

If you would like to blog, but have a hard time coming up with ideas, join us for Sunday Funday blogging!   “Sunday Funday Blogging” is for ALL math peeps out there, elementary, middle school, or high school teachers, math professors, math coaches, math ed students, and anyone that just wants to blog about math!  There will be a new prompt each week!  “Just #PushSend“.

Our topic for this week is, “First Day Plans”

Due: Sunday, August 13th, 6AM

Helpful tips:

  • Submit your blog post (below) by Sunday at 6AM to have your post included in the weekly summary.
  • Tweet out your post!  Use the hashtags #MTBoS (Math Twitter Blogosphere)*, #PushSend and #SundayFunday to get more traffic to your post.  This is especially important if you are new to tweeting because only your followers will see your tweets unless you include a hashtag.
  • Additional Hashtags:  Of course you can always add more hashtags to your Tweet so more people will be exposed to your post!  You can search any keywords to find a hashtag, and here are some of the more popular ones:
    • #ElemMathChat (Elementary Teachers)
    • #MSmathChat (Middle School Teachers)
    • #GeomChat (Geometry)
    • #Alg1Chat
    • #Alg2Chat (Alg2 Teachers)
    • #PreCalcChat
    • #MathChat
  • JUST  #PushSend!  🙂

Submit your post using the form below by Saturday at midnight! Just #PressSend

You can also click here to submit.

New to Blogging?

If you are like, “Wow!  This sounds like so much fun!  I want to blog but don’t know where to start!” then you must read “Mission 1: The Power of the Blog” on the Explore the MTBoS site.

** The hardest thing to do week after week is come up with great prompts.  Please help us out by telling us what you would like to blog about (or even read about) here!

THANK YOU to Shelli, Jessica, Sam, and everyone else that jumped on that thread to help today!

Archive of MS Sunday Funday’s of the past

* The Math Twitters Blogosphere is not an organization.  Rather it refers to ANYONE that is involved in MATH in ANY way!  You do NOT have to Tweet or have a blog!  But, you can find many teachers that do tweet and blog by searching the hashtag #MTBoS on Twitter.  All are welcome, no invitation necessary!  Please join in the conversation!  Just #PushSend!  

Thanks so very much to Jessica,  @Algebrainiac1, for creating our awesome logo!