Math Talks and 180 Days Restored

It often takes just one teacher* to ask me to do something — like putting the sites back up — that motivates me like no other. Because I know that if I could do this for this one teacher, then I’m doing this for his students. I have heard a few teachers say, “I’m not sharing my stuff with the new teacher! I spent ____ working on this unit.” (This is not unlike divorced parents behaving like assholes when we’ve lost focus of the kids.)

So, 180 Days is back up again because Karlene’s comment and generous offer to help rebuild the site prompted both of us — she did more than half of the posts — to work nonstop in one day. (I still need to go back in to tag and check links on half of them, so please be patient.)

Kara, thank you for offering to help with Math Talks. Then Joe’s sense of urgency “Is the website going to be back up before the start of school? I hope so!” was all I needed to put aside sleep to get the site restored. For having only 15 weeks/posts on the site, the task to reformat each kid’s comment and insert images was hellish.

I’ve started a spreadsheet “Math Talks Prompts” that includes questions I’d used last year. I’m hoping you can add to and share it widely so we can build up this great bank of questions that we all have access to. It’s important that we don’t just throw out two random numbers connected by a random operation for students to do a number talk on.

Speaking of math talks, Jo Boaler’s How To Learn Math: For Students is up and ends mid December 2014. (You may start and end the course any time during this time period.) Spread the word! Our school will put it in the first week’s newsletter, we’ll mention it at Back-to-School Night, my colleague Erin will show some clips from the course in her Exploratory class. I think Jo’s course is one of the first key steps in bridging the gap between Common Core and parents who have lots of questions about CC.


* Andrew Stadel, don’t even try. Even though your tweet is pretty funny.

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