# Math Matters

## 2014-15 Vol 2 October

#### Voki for Something Fun

#### Visuwords Vocabulary

#### Edmodo for Math

## Classroom Instructional Links

### The Math Forum

**The Math Forum Is...**

... the leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication since 1992.

_Comprised of teachers, mathematicians, researchers, students, and parents for the purpose of using the power of the Web to learn math and improve math education.

_The side offers a wealth of problems and puzzles; online mentoring; research; team problem solving; collaborations; and professional development. Students have fun and learn a lot. Educators share ideas and acquire new skills.

Some of their popular programs include Ask Dr. Math, Problem of the Week (POW), Math Tools, Financial Literacy in the Classroom, and much more. Click here to check it all out.

### Think Through Math Trailblazers

Keep up the great math work!

### Feature: Formative Assessment Classroom Technique - Example, Non-Example

### Cooperative Learning Strategy - Three-Step Interview

After a question is read to the team, students pair up within a team of 4 students.

The first step is an interview in which one students interviews the other about the question.

In the second step, students remain with their partner but switch roles: The interviewer becomes the interviewee.

In the third step, the pairs come back together and each student in turn presents to the team what their partner shared.

Three-Step Interview is strong for individual accountability, active listening, and paraphrasing skills.

### Tips for the Math Teacher: Get students to "think out loud" when solving problems.

- Have students work in pairs, with one thinking out loud while problem solving problems and the other listening analytically to how the problem is being solved. have the listener summarize the thinking they heard and get confirmation or clarification from the solver. Rotate roles so all students serve as thinker and listener.
- Think out loud for students as you solve problems to model for them how they should think about and solve problems. Purposefully make mistakes so that you can show them how to recover from errors.

### Questions to Engage Thinking Skills

How could you find out more about ____?

How is ____ like _____?

What patterns can you find ... ?

How could you draw .... ?

What steps are involved in ... ?

### Kelli Mallory, Ed.D.

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