Estimation Stations are 10-minute activities for teachers to use to build number sense, promote statistical literacy, and foster purposeful student discourse about estimations in the elementary, middle, and high school classroom. These activities can be an ongoing, weekly instructional routine that teachers can use to invite students to have meaningful and purposeful conversations about their reasoning and work together to refine their accuracy as estimators (individually and as a class).
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Welcome back Math Geeks!
In this week’s Global Math Department newsletter, I wrote about some stuff (activities, resources, writing, thinking) that I found useful, inspiring, and worth sharing. I’d like to share a few of them with you here. There’s some Desmos stuff and some pondering about place value stuff. There’s some questioning stuff and student discourse stuff. There’s also other stuff and it’s all inspiring stuff. Let’s get started.
Hello math geeks! Welcome back!
I’ve been an advocate for using dot images and visuals as problems for number talks in the elementary classroom. (You can find a great bank of visuals here.) I’ve also been an advocate for using Desmos as an instructional tool for letting student thinking drive the classroom discourse.
Traditionally, Desmos has been used mostly by middle and secondary teachers as a teaching tool. But recently they’ve introduced Card Sort as a way to make Desmos a useful instructional tool for elementary teachers and students as well. I wrote a bit more about this on my post here. Annie Forest made some brilliant screencast videos about how to use Desmos here. Check them out! She also has a bank of activities (small but growing!) here.
Here’s a link to my card sort activity.
For the past few weeks, I’ve had the fun opportunity to write for the Global Math Department newsletter. Haven’t heard of the Global Math Department? It’s great tool to find out what’s going on in the online math world about math teaching and watch professional development webinars. Check the site out here and read about some of the fine folks that coordinate the work here.
In the last newsletter, Bridget Dunbar (@BridgetDunbar), Anna Bornstein (@Borschtwithanna), and I (@mathgeek76) wrote separately about the importance of grade level teachers sharing and learning from teachers at other grade levels. Teachers of all levels have a lot to learn from each other. You can find the complete newsletter here. (If you sign up, you’ll get weekly newsletters straight to your inbox!)
Here’s what I wrote about using Desmos as an instructional tool in the elementary classroom. While historically used by secondary teachers, several elementary teachers are creating a lot of useful stuff. Give it a read. Share your thinking. And I invited you to a call to action.