Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P

http://getmadmath.weebly.com/

You know I often dismiss Pentominoes but in this post @MrOrr_Geek has an awesome activity that starts out with kids solving "puzzles" and then works it's way to solving equations. He provides activities that start with hands on paper and pencil and then moves to an Explain Everything file and Desmos activity. Even if you don't have the technology, you could still do most of this with paper and pencil and some photocopies of some hundreds charts. I think when you are having your students solve equations, in the beginning, you want to give them a reason to want to solve the equations. This activity, I think, does a good job in getting them there.

Curriculum Tags: Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P

http://mrorr-isageek.com/pentomino-puzzles/

I really think @ddmeyer is just showing off. That is, he keeps posting these Desmos activities that have these features that only the Desmos staff can use. Well, here's the latest one. It's an #OpenMiddle task for solving equations. It's relatively simple and you could actually do it with paper and pencil but the self checking features would make this work relatively nicely by using this Desmos version. The basic premiss that students choose four numbers and then those numbers are used to generate an equation they have to solve. The challenge then becomes to generate an equation that has a solution that is closest to zero.

Curriculum Tags: Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P, MFM2P

https://student.desmos.com/?prepopulateCode=98sc

If you're a fan of #openmiddle tasks, give this new Desmos activity a shot. Let me know what you think. https://t.co/maPGfEO5sO pic.twitter.com/pv0TP4UtAV— Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) September 28, 2016

I was in a session this week about the Ontario Renewed Math Strategy and part of it was a presentation from Assistant Deputy Minister @CathyMontreuil. I loved that she paraphrased this quote from Seymour Papert about how students don't shy away from challenge but that we often are too boring for them in school so they are not interested in the challenge but that video game manufacturers have figured out the right formula. He is not with us anymore but for more on what he thinks abour technology, see his website

Curriculum Tags: All

The EQAO marks for the province came out last week and the big news is the drop in scores for grade 6 students. Despite the fact that many of the media stories get the data wrong (they often say that 50% of students are failing - it's actually 50% of students that are reaching provincial standard - essentially a mark of 70%), there were some boards that did well. Here @MarkChubb3 breaks down how his board did it. It's a good read. Spoiler alert, it takes time.

Curriculum Tags:All

Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MAT1L, MAT2L, MPM1D, MFM1P, MFM2P

https://tapintoteenminds.com/3act-math/fast-clapper/

Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1P, MFM2P

http://thisisindexed.com/2016/09/something-worthy-attention/

http://thisisindexed.com/2016/09/deadlines-make-hungry/