Matt Vaudrey's Daily Doozy.
I’ve been faithfully naming the “Learning Goal” with each class for several years now. And frankly, it doesn’t inspire. Yawn. Instead of (actually, in addition to) this, I’ve added the Daily Doozy to my pre-lesson routine.
This a really profound shift and it deserves a discussion that's longer than this capsule allows. He illustrates the Daily Doozy on polynomial addition, also, which underlines a point I don't make often or well enough: after you have enough experience with variables and numbers, pure math becomes real-world math.
Cathy Yenca's How Much Per Gallon illustrates Matt Vaudrey's Daily Doozy in an applied context:
I “set the stage” by grabbing the water bottle from my desk, and asked, “Have any of you ever bought that colored, flavored liquid stuff to put in your water? Is it good?” A wave of opinions came crashing toward me, as students expressed their love for or disgust of the product. “How much do you think a gallon would cost?”
Carol Rogers uses two photos and a perfect question to illustrate the power of arrays.
Jonathan Claydon illustrates one way to put student teachers to use in his implementation of Log Wars:
Anyway, rumor is that kids love this game so I was optimistic. I took the cards that Kate Nowak links to and modified them a little bit to make a better distribution of numbers (most of the cards in their sets evaluate to 2). I finished with a set of 40 logs, printed them on mailing lables and had my student teacher affix them to index cards that had been cut in half. I gave each color group their appropriate color deck of cards. We had a brief demo and then I let them loose.
PSA: Unless you explicitly aim for anonymity in your blogging, do you, your students, and your career a favor by putting your real, full name somewhere on your blog's home page. The weirdest, coolest opportunities come from having your real, full name attached to your great blogging. I find a lot great bloggers voluntarily (and probably unwittingly) giving up those opportunities.