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Category Archives: 3Act Tasks
3Act Task: A 5thgrade lesson captured
A while back I shared a kindergarten lesson and I was really happy with the way it turned out. The 5thgrade lesson below, not so much. The students did great but there are definitely some things I need to improve. We recently finished up … Continue reading
Posted in 35, 3Act Tasks, 68, Estimation, Fractions, Intellectual Need, Math Progressions, Modeling, Teacher Content
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I’m Placing a Hit on the PseudoContext
This robs students of everything mathematics should be… The “real world” connection The stepbystep procedure Circle the numbers you need to solve the problem The pseudocontext word problem. Lesson 19.2 infers that this unit is frontend load with procedures and formulas … Continue reading
Get Your Model On: Modeling in the Elementary Grades
Dan Meyer’s work on mathematical modeling has been instrumental in shaping my own understanding. I’m super thankful for Dan’s commitment to SMP #4 over the years. So when he recently posted that he was shifting gears, I was bummed. It was like … Continue reading
When Student Thinking Hits the Wall: VNPS
First week back to school and I was chomping at the bit to begin working on my #1TMCthing. My quick backstory about VerticalNonPermanentSurfaces (aka VNPS) I first found out about VNPS on Nathan Kraft’s blog which referred me to Alex Overwijk’s … Continue reading
Perplexity Drives Productivity
I think about the question mark every time I teach a lesson. I’ve been so carefully to get to this point. Yet sometimes my question mark comes from a path that looks like this. The opening part of the lesson is over … Continue reading
Posted in 3Act Tasks, Intellectual Need, Modeling, Patient Problem Solving, Planning
Tagged 3Act tasks, assiimilation, Dan Meyer, Open Middle, perplexity, Robert Kaplinsky
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A Thief in Teacher’s Clothes
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 … Continue reading
Let the Good Struggle Begin (Georgia’s K12 CCSS Math Units)
These are really exciting times to be a math educator in Georgia. In March, a group of K12 educators came together to Be Less Helpful and create more Open Middle tasks. Over the past 3 months we hunkered down in front … Continue reading
Purposeful Numbers: Accessing Complex Tasks in Elementary School
When was the last time your students wanted to forego lunch so they could continue working through a task? When was the last time your students “highfived” during math class? Unfortunately, timed tests and the majority of elementary math curriculums do … Continue reading
Posted in 3Act Tasks, Patient Problem Solving
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MTBos Mission #1: 3Act Hanging by a Hair
I have been a huge fan of Dan Meyer and his 3Act approach to problem solving http://blog.mrmeyer.com. Unfortunately, almost every 3Act task I have come across on his website and over the web involves middle school standards concepts and beyond. … Continue reading
Posted in 3Act Tasks, Patient Problem Solving
Tagged 3act task, Education, Educators, K through 12, Math, Middle school, patientproblem solving, Student
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