I had the opportunity to attend our South Dakota Math and Science Conference Feb. 6-8 and wanted to share the work of one of our guest speakers. Fawn Nguyen (pronounced win) teaches math at Mesa Union Junior High in southern California. She is a co-founder of the Thousand Oaks Math Teachers' Circle. In an effort to share and learn from other math teachers, Fawn blogs at Finding Ways to Nguyen Students Over and authors 3 other websites, including Visual Patterns, Math Talks, and 180 Days of Math at Mesa. Fawn is very open to sharing all she is doing with her students and was excited when I asked if I could blog about her here in the Thinkfinity Community. Her work is so clearly connected to the Common Core Standards and Standard for Mathematical Practice. If you are looking for tasks and ideas to become a better user of the 8 SMP, I think you will find her sites very useful.
Blogging: http://fawnnguyen.com - Fawn provides instructions, reflections, images, and videos about lessons she and others provide their students in the classroom. You will love this. She has taken on the thinking of Dan Meyer who recommends stripping away all the steps and just provide a task for students to solve. Her process is:(This process is what all of our SD Counts teachers practicing Cognitively Guided Instruction use also)
- Individual work time (this could be as much as 30 minutes) - she doesn't grade this
- Small Group Work
- Large group share out
She also provides a weekly PS (problem to solve) which is due a week from today. She finds these great for students to work on and discuss with their parents and friends to find the all the answers possible if their is more than one correct answer or to find as many strategies as possible to solve the task.
Visual Patterns- In this site you will find over 100 patterns that you may share with your students to work through, determine the nth pattern and the equation. She also provides students created patterns, videos of students and teachers at work and her form that she uses to assign the visual patterns to her students.
180 Days of Math at Mesa- This is a journal of Fawn's 180 days with her 6th grade math students - what she does each day, what the students are doing, and how that all worked.
I hope after visiting Fawn Nguyen's sites you will be as impressed and excited as I was to share and try the various problems provided. She has also shared her resources that were used while with us in SD. http://goo.gl/YTZzla.
Fawn invites you to twitter with her also @fawnpnguyen.