Keeping my goal this year of noticing and naming the math in all my experiences in schools, with educators and with students, the second year of #mathadvent provided a great opportunity to do just that.
Some amazing thinking was shared from students across our board. Prompts to prompt fractional thinking and creating, analyzing data, finding the art in patterns, the list goes on. Students used the images and made estimations, made conclusions, made a list of questions that put them deeper into a math situation. They used the power of classroom discourse and technology to engage in these rich tasks. They got out their manipulatives to build the prompts so they could speak to them and participated in a task where the bar was set high with many open tasks and students got into the math. They used their skills and applied them as they needed.
#mathadvent is a fun way to bring math into these busy days leading up to our Christmas break. And I think it stands to show that when we give students engaging, purposeful tasks, they will step up and be mathematicians.
Look in January for a summary of all of this year’s and last year’s task at our new Math Website https://sites.google.com/tldsb.net/tldsbmath/home
Go under the Rich Task tab to find each prompt and what it is all about. Then feel free to put them in a different context in the year ahead.
Everyone is a mathematician! Let’s give out prompts and share how we bring it out in our students!