Friday, November 29, 2013

Exploring MTBos Post #8

My mentor has this awesome idea for how she wants to run her classes.  Ideally, she would like to start her classes with a short video that presents a problem that can be solved with mathematics.  She wants to make the real-world connections up front so that students are immediately interested. 

The idea is awesome, but where are the videos?  We've both said that we could spend a ton of time looking for videos and create activities based on them, but we are so very short on time.  I've told her about Mathalicious before.  She signed up, but hasn't found anything she can use yet.

From Explore MTBos, I learned about Collaborative Mathematics, a website that introduces problems with videos.  It's still not quite what she needs, but it certainly is a step in the right direction.  Although this website has the videos with the problems, they're not content specific.  She would like a video to introduce each topic in Algebra II. 

I think we'll get to where she wants eventually.  It is going to take some time through. 

2 comments:

  1. That's great you've been able to give your colleague a website which is useful... Given the amount of people teaching alg 2 I'm sure over time a bank of videos by topic will emerge like a virtual learning cabinet we learned about in mission 6. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. So often it comes down to time. (Random thought, could a class themselves somehow create a video?) Great that you were able to make a link to a resource at least - helps to think that we're all in this together. Hopefully things are working out!

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