Thursday, August 19, 2010

38 Weeks of Algebra Lessons

If you've seen Dan Meyer's TED Talk, Math Class Needs a Makeover, you already know that he's an awesome educator. If you haven't seen his talk, go watch it now then come back to this post. Yesterday, Dan Meyer published his entire 38 week Algebra curriculum complete with slides, handouts, and just about everything you need in order to deliver the lessons. You can download each week individually or download the entire collection as one file.

Dan Meyer also has his entire 38 week Geometry curriculum available for free. Again, you can download each week individually or download the entire collection as one file.

Applications for Education
Dan Meyer is the type of mathematics teacher that I wish I had in high school. His approach to teaching mathematics, explained in his TED Talk, is definitely a break from the textbook methods. You might not be able to use all of his lessons, but they are certainly worth looking at for ideas about how you might try new approach to teaching Algebra or Geometry.

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Free Back to School Guide from Edutopia

Edutopia has released a new free back to school guide for teaching with new media. The free guide contains ten tips, ideas, and resources for teaching with web tools this year. To get the free guide you do have to enter your email address which will put you on Edutopia's mailing list, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as I've generally found Edutopia's mailings to be brief and informative.

You might also be interested in Edutopia's Summer Rejuvenation Guide.

Survey - What New Thing Will You Do This Year?

The new school year is here (or will be very soon). This is the time of year when I think about the new things that I want to do in my classroom. Rather than just sharing what I'm going to do this year, I thought it would be good if many of us could share with each other. Therefore, I created a simple survey form on which you can post your new thing(s) for the new school year.

I will leave the survey open through the weekend and post all of the responses in an easy-to-read presentation on Monday. Please include your name, blog url, or Twitter name if you would like me to link to you.

Survey closed 8/23/2010 with 143 responses.

Nuvvo - Join or Create Learning Communities

Nuvvo is a free service that hosts learning communities. Nuvvo members can join existing learning groups and or create their own learning groups. In each group members can share lessons, ask questions, and have discussions. Group members can post videos, slideshows, and other media to support their lessons. Some of the groups that might be of particular interest to educators are the Project Based Learning group, the Cooperative Learning group, and the Education 2.0 group.

Applications for Education
Like any social group, Nuvvo's value lies in its members' activities. Nuvvo provides a good place for teachers to share lessons and exchange ideas. Exchanging ideas and lessons with other teachers is a great way to get a new perspective on a teaching strategy or a lesson you're trying to teach.

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Constitution Day Lessons from Sunnylands Classroom

Constitution Day (September 17) is less than a month away now. Federal law requires teachers in the US to teach a lesson on the US Constitution on that day. To help you develop lessons, Sunnylands Classroom is offering a free package of teaching resources. Included in the collection is a free DVD about the 1991 case of Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company which effectively barred race peremptory challenges during jury selections. Other resources from Sunnylands for Constitution Day include an interactive game on the First Amendment and an interactive game about the Constitutional Convention. Register here by September 5 to have the Sunnylands resources sent to you.

H/T to US History Teachers Blog.

Applications for Education
The Constitution Day resources from Sunnylands Classroom really seem to be targeted toward a middle school and high school audience. That said, with a little adaptation you might be able to use some of the resources with 4th and 5th grade students too.

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