Today, I returned from Common Ground Maryland in Ocean City, MD. I totally loved my time there as a featured speaker and my connections during all of my sessions.
For those of you who don't know this, I began by career teaching in Maryland and taught in Montgomery County Public Schools for 17 years before working in VA. It was kind of like a homecoming, presenting at a conference there. Back when I worked in Maryland, if you had told me that I would be speaking at a conference like this, I would have thought you were crazy. Back then, I lacked the confidence to do so. But all that changed once I became a connected educator. I am so proud of the work that I have done and continue to do to impact education for our students through the use of educational technology.
Speaking of being proud, today is the 18 month anniversary of my book being published! Since I was sick with COVID on the year anniversary of my book, TRANSFORM-Techy Notes to Make Learning Sticky, I did not really get to celebrate that milestone. So I figured why not celebrate today?
To celebrate this milestone and thank all of you amazing educators out there for doing all that you do, I am selling autographed copies of my book (for US only) for $18.99 for the next week. In addition, check out social media today for a TRANSFORM book giveaway too! I hope all of you join me in my mini celebration of a huge accomplishment!
Reviewing what are the ABCs of Transforming Learning are-
Two weeks ago, I shared a blog post called E = Empower Math Discourse. This post shared some of the amazing features of one one mighty and powerful application, Desmos, and how using it with students can benefit learners at any age with mathematical discourse.
This week, we will focus on F= Facilitate Math Thinking. Many times, students will believe that there is only way to solve a math problem and will close themselves off from other possible ways of solving it. This mindset closes them off from seeing alternate points of view and building their mathematical thinking skills. The two programs I am focusing on this week provide an easy way for educators to facilitate their students to share different ways to solve math problems and make connections to each other's thinking.
F = Facilitate Math Thinking
Before I introduce these two programs, I want to once again take a step back and share my #TechUpTheMath framework. Using this framework, I identify math tools that have at least one of three characteristics or VMI. They take the learning targets and infuse technology in such a way that it does one or more of the following: