I’ve stolen so many great ideas from the #mtbos and I have no idea what “teacher clothes” look like, but I know what educational awesomeness looks like…and it has inspired me over the past 2 years. If imitation is the sincerest form flattery, it is also the sincerest form of learning.
- Dan Meyer created the Water Tank, which inspired the Fish Tank for 5th grade.
- Andrew Stadel created Paper Cuts, which inspired Paper Cut for 3rd grade.
- I have shared Tina Cardone‘s Nix the Tricks with anyone and everyone that will listen.
- I have used Robert Kaplinsky’s How Old is the Shepherd in countless workshops. Of the current 10,208 views, half of them might be me.
And now I have shamelessly stolen from Fawn Nguyen. A while back she posted about letting her students own the problem through putt-putt. That post inspired my newest task which has been in the works since last May entitled For the Nguyen. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.C.6 measure angles in whole-number degrees using a protractor. Sketch angles of specified measure. Contexts and tasks for angle measurement in 4th grade suck. My hope is that kids won’t ask “when am I ever going to use this in real-life?” after they dive in.
I finally just finished and posted it today. If you steal it and make it better please let me know how. Jennifer Bell posted this yesterday:
If I can inspire one teacher the way the educators in this tweet have inspired me, then I know I’m doing something right. Here was my reply:
Thanks Dan, Fawn, Andrew, Tina, Robert, Mike, Jenise, Joe and many of you in the#mtbos that have made me a better teacher. You allow me to steal (with proper attribution of course) and learn from you every week and for that I say… THANK YOU!