One big takeaway from this video is the collection of data on the braining camp – reviewing concepts of average. There is a great activity I found somoene created on Desmos: https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/5f20f2314047f76b8ff2f25e. You can change the question and it makes a box and whisker plot. I lost a lot of time in COVID remote learning and this was a great way to spiral averages and number sense with box and whisker plots a little and it reminded me of that and taking time to do that often can help number sense and average sense.
My current wonder is what do I do with students that always want to wait to hear / see what others notice and wonder before they commit to something. I have been doing notice and wonders but I think I can try to increase my participation and allow for a bigger variety of responses and celebrate the variety. I don’t want that “one right answer that everyone is waiting for one of those few students to say or for the teacher to validate.”
I remember one of my “good at math students” last year. When doing one of these notice and wonders I didn’t immediately say, “That’s right!” so he changed his answer about four times trying to figure out what the right answer was. He and likely the rest of the class wasn’t’ getting the idea of a notice and wonder. Part of it is me not establishing what I’m looking for and expecting from all students so it wasn’t just an issue with that particular student.
I hadn’t heard of Brainingcamp before – have had a brief play around and looking forward to having a bit more time to play around with it. I have often wondered how you guys make your visuals – very effective and clear – so if Brainingcamp is one of the tools you use, hoping to be able to develop a few skills here. I have used a few things on Desmos, but probably have only scratched the surface of what it can do!
Bringingcamp is super helpful and there are some coupon codes in the Toolkit Area (https://learn.makemathmoments.com/tool-kit/), if you want to give it a shot! A free tool is Polypad, which we are now using a lot as well. Our visuals can be with manipulatives like those mentioned here, but much of our animations are done in Apple Keynote which we LOVE 🙂
My new take away from this video is to make the environment online less threatening. I have had students who will only text in meetings. They will not show their face. So I have had to adapt my communication and ways to teach through the chat and showing my screen. I like the idea of having a live class if enough kids show up. This gives me some hope that I can perhaps start small and do a Notice and Wonder to engage students, and hopefully the numbers of people showing up to the meet will increase. I also want to implement the Braining Camp Manipulative’s more.