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Make Math Moments Academy Forums Mini-Course Reflections 2021 MMM Virtual Summit The Math Class That Thinks, Heals, and Brings Joy – Discussion Reply To: The Math Class That Thinks, Heals, and Brings Joy – Discussion

  • Simonay Hudson

    November 17, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Take Aways:

    I loved the tools and ideas that were shared (practices/routines to have in the classroom) such as: breathing, grounding activities (like notice 5 things in your area, 3 things you can hear, 1 intention), gratitude, journaling (doodling, poems, raps, etc.), chair stretching, constructivist listening diad (great for conversation practice, great for children being heard) and welcoming children with an engaging activity and giving them an optimistic closure (these could be in the form of a question, for start and end)

    1. cool idea when waiting for kids to quieten down (animation: inhale, exhale; or a gif that shows something expanding and getting smaller as they do this) with music (a great cue, gives those waiting a chance to do something while they wait)

    2. Flippity: useful tool for generating groups for groupwork

    3. Making use of music cues: Bob Marley- “get up, get up” (when he wants them to go to the whiteboard)

    Biance- “to the left, to the left” (when he wants them to move 2 whiteboards over to look at someone else’s work)

    Beetles- Come together (group work)

    Ice- “stop, collaborate and listen” (collaborate time)

    Taylor swift- “shake it off” (brain break, after a fail, etc.)

    and bringing music into the classroom during brain breaks, or nearing the end of the day, or at the start (fun music from all around the world)