Week 7: Suffer Math Gladly


The topic of this week is organizing the flow of math learning experiences, recognizing and acknowledging the inherent challenges of different types of mathematical activities, addressing math anxiety and building math communities.

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Truchet Tiles room from Xah Lee's "Math in Second Life" collection. The two anthropomorphic cats are avatars of visitors.

The objectives of Week 7 are:
  • To apply measures for reducing math anxiety to your activity design
  • To reflect on values comprising "math sophistication"
  • To summarize community activities to take to students
  • To celebrate the successful completion of the course!


Audio Introduction




The class live meetings happen three times a week, one of them required, the other two recommended for doing weekly tasks together. During these times, we will meet in Wimba virtual room. You are welcome to invite colleagues and friends to this open room, if they are interested in participating. You can also use the room for class collaboration outside of these hours.

Monday 7-8pm community study and Q&A hour
Wednesday 8-9pm weekly class discussion
Friday 8-9am community study and Q&A hour

There are five required tasks and three make-up tasks this week.

The main technology tools this week are screencasts, blogs, email groups, live webinars, online videos and wikis.

Musical Interlude



Task Grids

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7-1
revisit.pngFind a reference on the subject of math anxiety. Leave comments on the three tasks someone in this course designed for the three subjects during weeks three through five. In your comments, suggest steps that will help prevent or cure anxiety in students and/or teachers. Tie steps to the particulars of the task. You can focus on task design and/or assessment in your comments. You can leave comments as text, or make screencasts.
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revisit.pngPage 4 of the paper about assessing pre-service teachers, which applies to students as well, has a list of math values that together define "mathematical sophistication." Leave comments on the three tasks someone designed for the three subjects during weeks three through five. In your comments, explain how tasks can promote these math values, adding twists or ideas to the tasks so they can promote the values better. You can focus on task design and/or student assessment in your comments. You can use your blog or make a screencast.

PDF of the paper:


Reference:
J. Szydlik, E. Kuennen, and C. Seaman, “Development of an Instrument to Measure Mathematical Sophistication,” in Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Proceedings, 2009.
GraceA
http://gk1as.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/math-anxiety/
Week 3 http://gailly123.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/linearity-lesson-solving-a-system-of-equations/#comment-16
http://ktgee24.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/design-a-task-centered-on-data-visualization/#comment-16
http://teachy79.wordpress.com/2010/07/31/student-task-on-linearity/#comment-14
http://peterhorn33.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/4-2/#comment-28
http://gailly123.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/scatter-plot-lesson-plan/#comment-17
MariaD


KateG
http://teachy79.wordpress.com/2010/07/31/student-task-on-linearity/#comment-16

http://bobbo1.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/symmetry-2/#comment-21

http://teachy79.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/probability-lesson-plan/#comment-17
http://semhouston1.wordpress.com/2010/07/31/student-task-focused-on-linearity/#comment-23

http://teachy79.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/student-task-on-symmetry/#comment-18

http://ktgee24.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/design-a-task-centered-on-data-visualization/#comment-20
aheleniak
Comment 1- http://gk1as.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/misleading-graphs/#comment-14
Comment 2- http://ktgee24.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/mathflo-sat-814/#comment-17
Comment 3- http://gailly123.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/creating-task-triangles/#comment-18
Comment 1- http://semhouston1.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/student-task-focused-on-data-visualization-scatter-plot-basketball/#comment-24
Comment 2- http://snyderdoug.blogspot.com/2010/08/probability-student-task.htm
Comment 3- http://peterhorn33.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/4-3-online-lesson-plan/#comment-29
Peterhorn33
Week 3 Comments and suggestions
Week 4 Comments and suggestions
Week 5 Comments and suggestions
Week 3 comments and suggestions
Week 4 comments and suggestions
Week 5 comments and suggestions
EthanL
http://wp.me/PZtr1-3d
http://wp.me/PZtr1-3d
Paul McDowell


Sam Morrison
http://ajw0812.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/9th-grade-algebra-1-lesson-plan-on-linearity/#comment-33, http://ktgee24.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/design-a-task-centered-on-data-visualization/#comment-18, http://bobbo1.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/scatter-plots/#com
http://ktgee24.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/symmetry-lesson/#comment-19, http://gk1as.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/linearity-lesson-plan/ , http://ajw0812.wordpress.com/comments/feed/
GRice
http://gailly123.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/math-anxiety/
http://esivel.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/linearity-research-project/#comment-35
http://gk1as.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/symmetry-lesson/#comment-15
Doug Snyder
Doug's Diatribe on Math-a-Phobia and
Comment on Bobbo's Blog
Comments on Amy's Blog
RStock
comments and suggestions posted at http://snyderdoug.blogspot.com/2010
comments posted at http://snyderdoug.blogspot.com/2010
Al_J_Williams
http://ajw0812.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/math-anxiety/
http://ajw0812.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/math-sophistication-values/
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revisit.pngWrite your "highlights and low points" reflection about the course. What things will make the largest impact on your teaching? Which tasks should we keep and develop in the future? Which tasks bombed and should quietly go away? What advice can you give to future students and professors who do this course?
Make-up tasks (optional)
These will count as a task, to replace any one you miss during the course for grade counting. You can define and do up to three substantial (about an hour of work) tasks for yourself, or do those defined here by other students. The tasks defined here will be offered to future students of this course as an option.
GraceA
http://gk1as.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/course-highlights/

MariaD

Example. Apply the idea of Flow Channels to my work with students within Math Clubs: link.
KateG
http://ktgee24.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/highlights-and-low-points/

aheleniak
http://teachy79.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/highlights-of-the-course/

Peterhorn33
http://wp.me/pZvA3-1y

EthanL
http://wp.me/PZtr1-3g

Paul McDowell

(Extra credit task ~15hours - counts as three tasks - MD) Prezi summary of Teaching Practices
Sam Morrison
http://semhouston1.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/highlights-and-low-points-of-ed526b/

GRice
http://gailly123.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/math-learning-and-assessment/

Doug Snyder
A Parting Shot at ED526B

RStoc
k
http://bobbo1.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/parting-is-such-sweet-sorrow/ ‎

Al_J_Williams
http://ajw0812.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/the-good-and-the-bad/



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Attend the live class meeting on Wednesday.

End-of-course party! You are invited!//

pipie.jpg

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Image credits: Pi Pie, Fractal fireworks, Klein bottle opener
7-5
Attend one or more of the following live events happening online this week. Follow links for instructions on how to use platforms.
You can add other events to this list. They must be free, open to everybody, and recorded.

Say what alias you used to participate, if it's not your name. Contribute something during the meeting - a question, comments in chat, references.

Briefly reflect on the event in your blog. Constructive criticism is especially helpful for event organizers. The blog post needs to link to the event's page.

MariaD will add events on Sunday - many of them are only announced a few days ahead of time.

Math ed events:

General ed events:

Sources of events
GraceA
Attend Wednesday and do a symmetrical waltz
http://gk1as.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/future-of-education
http://gk1as.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/new-vision-for-math/
MariaD


KateG
attended Wednesday - thanks Maria!

aheleniak
attended the "end-of-course" party on Wed =)
http://teachy79.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/dan-meyer-a-new-vision-for-math-curriculum-reform/
Peterhorn33
Wed.
http://wp.me/pZvA3-1B
EthanL
Mon., Will listen to Wed. on archive
http://wp.me/PZtr1-3n
Paul McDowell


Sam Morrison
attended Monday, only Ethan and Gail were present. Will party on Wed. I'll bring a virtual case of beer.
http://semhouston1.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/edutecher/
GRice
Attended Monday and Wednesday.
http://gailly123.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/live-event-reflection-4/
Doug Snyder
Attended Wednesday. I'll take a root beer, Sam :-)
An Evening with Dan Meyer
RStock
Partied like a rock star Wednesday!
http://bobbo1.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/
edutecher-com/
Al_J_Williams
Attended Wednesday
http://ajw0812.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/pln-tools-see-end-use-of-cell-phones-in-schools/

Voice explanation about tasks:

Bonus Movie!