I'm pretty darn excited that not only has the Math in Your Feet blog The Map is Not the Territory been included on the TeachersFirst website but it has also been chosen as a featured site for the week of December 16, 2012! Check out my entry!
I was excited to discover that the Math in Your Feet blog was recently added to the TeachersFirst website! Here's a description of TeachersFirst, from the site:
TeachersFirst is a free, advertising-free teacher resource web site offered as a service to teachers by The Source for Learning, a non-profit learning and technologies corporation. Our value-added reviews and teacher-friendly site have been helping teachers since 1998, sharing the best of the web and our own original content along with practical implementation ideas and best practices for effective integration of technology as a tool for teaching and learning.
And here's what they had to say about the blog!
Explore and discover math in the world around you using ideas from this creative blog. Based on the author's experiences with her daughter, find and discuss math using everyday items. Discover how to teach multiplication using grids found on the sidewalk, use UNO to teach more or less, make attribute matching games, and much more. Scroll down the page to search by recent post titles or labels such as making math or problem solving. Search for specific topics or keywords using the search bar on the site. Stay up to date with all site activity by subscribing via Twitter, Facebook, or follow by email. Many topics have videos (hosted by YouTube). If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share.
Here's to more kids and their teachers making math!! Yay!
I'm thrilled to find that my new Factor Domino game was quickly put to use in a 5th grade classroom (somewhere, can't tell where, lol!) You can find the post here! This game is great for visualizing and understanding prime factorization or as a wonderful new way to visualize multiplication for any age.
I recently wrote a post, published both on my own blog and on the Teaching Artist Journal's ALT/space, about where I start when I assess student success in Math in Your Feet. An excerpt:
"All this is well and good, but what my colleagues really wanted were more specifics about my evaluative criteria. How exactly do I gauge my students --within the medium of percussive dance or with regard to the math? Again my, possibly controversial, answer: Both.
"And a question back: Why do we think of them as separate activities? I think part of the issue might have a lot to do with how we, on the whole, perceive mathematical activity.
"Generally conceived, dance is a three-dimensional, kinesthetic endeavor. Math is rote memorization of algorithms and concepts and inhabits a two-dimensional symbolic realm. Everything we’ve learned in school bears this out, except that it’s really not true! When I started to really investigate what it means to do math I found that it’s completely different than what I did in school when I was a kid (and you too, probably). And, as I dug deeper, I also realized I had been thinking mathematically all my life – I just never recognized it as a mathematical activity."
Read the full post here.
So happy to be live with my new site! Welcome and please consider subscribing to the this news feed and the Math by Design page as well so you can be the first one on your block to know when a Math in Your Feet training is coming your way or if I've got a fun new math-and-making project for you and your elementary aged students and kids. Feel free to get in touch any time or leave a comment!
All the best,