Our theme for the day was La Cucina Matematica, and if you want the links, feel free to go HERE.
The premise was to start the attendees with something tasty to whet the appetite. At the very beginning of the day, we had pitchers of water at each table. Even before introducing ourselves, we had the teachers in attendance estimate how many cups it would take to fill the pitcher. They didn't even know who we were, and we were already putting them to work. This could've either been disastrous or served as a springboard for the rest of the day.
Looking for a delightful and hearty meal that your students can chew on? How about a delicious entree full of vitamins, nutrients, and common core Standards for Mathematical Practice? During this segment of the day, we went through some of our favorite performance tasks and 3-Act math that students can do while being tricked into completing math. Whether it was Barbie Zipline, the famous Mullet Ratio, or many of our other favorites, the members of the audience were chomping at the bit for more ways to engage their students. Our hope is that we didn't disappoint, and you can check them out HERE.
Any good meal has side dishes that accompany the flavor and essence that the main dish is attempting to bring out. During this section of the day, our goal was to show teachers that it's more than just the lesson that makes the content pop. Whether it is the integration of technology, costumes, musical cues, going outside, or simply adding hype, the need to pair a delicious lesson with a succulent side is pertinent. You can check out the side dishes HERE.
What good is a meal if you can't top it off with some dessert? This is the way that teachers find out how sweet the lesson really was, so we wanted to give them some options that break the norm. The big one is the Choose Your Own Assessment and you can read more about it HERE. One of the big points of emphasis was student choice and letting a student choose his/her strength to prove mastery. It was incredible when one teacher raised her hand and commented about how she never realized that she was being unfairly judgmental about getting student products that weren't in their wheelhouse. For our other dessert choices, go HERE.
To wrap things up, we talked about Twitter and how effective it has been for the improvement of our teaching and the support that it provides. Seriously, all of you (math or not), thank you for being there for me whenever I need it. For our Take-Out Menu, go HERE.
Following the training, we offered an opportunity to go over some of the tech tips that we were using to make the presentation or some of our lessons. How did you do that video thingy? Where did you get that image? All of that fun stuff. One of the best conversations that I overheard was a guy asking for help with using Desmos. Yes, Matt and I are members of the Desmos Fan Club.
All in all, it was extremely exhausting. The planning, the time, the effort, the working around each other's schedules, the thinking about how to make it a day where people walk away with something meaningful, was a lot of stress. However, when we finished, I felt like a chef who had just endured rush hour at one of the best restaurants in Maricopa County. We are looking forward to bringing our meals to any district hungry enough to have us.
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