Matt Vaudrey’s Daily Doozy.
Iâ€™ve been faithfully naming the â€œLearning Goalâ€ with each class for several years now. And frankly, it doesnâ€™t inspire. Yawn. Instead of (actually, in addition to) this, Iâ€™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 â€œset the stageâ€ by grabbing the water bottle from my desk, and asked, â€œHave any of you ever bought that colored, flavored liquid stuff to put in your water? Is it good?â€ A wave of opinions came crashing toward me, as students expressed their love for or disgust of the product. â€œHow much do you think a gallon would cost?â€
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.