Here’s the thing. I am a Math Thief. I will now admit that I have been a thief of other math teachers great ideas, worksheets, and lesson plans. The internet has made all of this so easy. And this thievery began so many years ago, I can’t even remember when.
One of the first items I used was a daily DoNow for the geometry classroom. This teacher is now posting all of this on a blocked moodle site, however, I still use the idea of a problem at the beginning of the class. I took his idea, some of his problems, and renamed in StartUp. I even went a step further with this, and got an idea from another site, and added little trivia questions in the mix. And I don’t think he ever knew!
One of my best search finds are the Marcy Punchline Algebra worksheets. Several teachers have posted them for their students, I think I ended up with over 20 different sheets, but I did eventually buy the series. Also, I would also like to thank the teachers that have posted the password for their online Algebra and Geometry books. I used these to gather problems for the StartUp, worksheets and even assessments.
Then something changed. I googled “graphs to stories” and hit the motherload. Dan Meyer had just posted his graphing videos. You know, the ones that show him walking down stairs for 15 seconds. I used these in class the next day. At that time, I did not have a white board, and students watched them on individual computers. Seeing students arguing about the littlest hops in Dan’s walk, how it would show on the graph and asking the “what if” questions made me realize I could be a much better teacher. Later Dan renamed this type of presentations WCYDWT.
See, one thing led to another. It was not my original idea, I used some of the problems, and tweaked it to make it my own.