Thank you to Kate for sharing Solve-Crumple-Toss. My students were focused on practicing, I got to do multiple, individual checks for understanding and they got to get up out of their seats. Win-win! I made a quick playlist on Spotify with basketball themed music to add to the mood of class. I didn't get any good action shots, but rest assured, there were plenty of jump shots, bank shots and even one baseball pitcher who consistently scored. I was happy that there was no gender bias in this game. Any edge that some of my basketball boys had going in was quickly reduced by bravado. :)
I am blogging my thoughts on teaching math and on promoting social, emotional wellness among my students and colleagues. I am a fan of having students create digital portfolios in math, and I am blogging about what I am learning along the way.