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Um-bloom-ra Bloom’s Taxonomy

Last week I blogged about my Bloomin’ Peacock, a new Bloom’s Taxonomy visual I made to share with teachers in a training.  Over the years, I have created a number of Bloom’s Taxonomy pictures to hang in my classroom for students to refer to.  My Bloomin’ Peacock was such a hit with you all, I thought I would start sharing the others I’ve made.   Today I revived one that I created for my classroom and added the digital version (again the digital tools displayed relate directly to the Treasures reading curriculum).  This is my Um-bloom-ra Bloom’s Taxonomy: …and the digital version: Here are the digital tools included in my taxonomy: Remember: BBC Skillwise- http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/ Spelling City- http://spellingcity.com Starfall- http://starfall.com Discovery Streaming- http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com Lexipedia- http://lexipedia.com YouTube- http://youtube.com Gamegoo- http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/gooey.html PBS Kids- http://pbskids.org Understand: Into the Book- http://reading.ecb.org Skype- http://skype.com Treasures- http://activities.macmillanmh.com/reading/treasures/ Book Adventure- http://bookadventure.org Twitter- http://twitter.com Apply: Kerpoof- http://kerpoof.com PhotoBooth- Software Scholastic- http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/learn.jsp Fotobabble- http://fotobabble.com Google Earth- http://google.com/earth Analyze: Read Write Think- http://readwritethink.org Cool Iris- http://cooliris.com Wordle- http://wordle.net Creaza- http://creaza.com Mindomo- http://mindomo.com Evaluate: Shelfari- http://shelfari.com Wikipedia- http://wikipedia.com Think.com- http://think.com Nota- http://notaland.com Create: Pic-Lits- http://piclits.com Kerpoof- http://kerpoof.com ZimmerTwins- http://zimmertwins.com Wiki Spaces- http://wikispaces.com DomoNation- http://domonation.com Glogster- http://edu.glogster.com Creaza- http://creaza.com Voicethread- http://voicethread.com Kidblog- http://kidblog.org Wetpaint- http://www.wetpaint.com edublogs- http://edublogs.org Stage’d- http://stagedproject.com/ Garageband- Software iMovie- Software Some of you have asked what program I use to create my Bloom’s Taxonomy re-imagines, I use Apple’s Pages to create them (it is SO much more than a word processor!).  Pages makes creating easy, the only downside is that the images aren’t big enough to make into posters larger than 8.5″ x 11″.  Luckily I married a graphic artist and after the initial laughter that I used Pages instead of something like Photoshop or Illustrator, he agreed to help me make a larger poster happen. If you are interested in my Bloom’s images on a mug, mousepad, tote bag, etc. you can find it in my store.

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Math Class Needs a Makeover: videos, inquiry, math stories and more

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Apply, Blogs, Create, Download, Evaluate, inspiration, Knowledge (remember), Math, professional development, Teacher Resources, TED Talk Tuesdays, Understand (describe, explain), video, Websites | Posted on 18-06-2013

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What it is:  I’ve had the great fortune of time to go through my Google Reader favorites this week as I prepare for the shutdown (still bitter about that!).  The unexpected benefit I’ve had from Google Reader’s demise? The forced opportunity to go back through and be reminded of some of the truly amazing people and resources in education.  Dan Meyer is one of my all time favorite math geniuses.  He reminds us that math is more than computation, it is a frame of mind and an outlook on the world.  If your math program isn’t that…it is time to change!  As I went back through the resources of Dan’s that I had tagged, I re-watched his TEDx Talk: Math Class Needs a Makeover.  If you haven’t seen this TED Talk, or haven’t watched it in a while…now is the time.  I’ve embedded the talk above for your viewing pleasure…you don’t even have to go anywhere!  If you have watched it recently, be a friend and share it with someone else.

Dan also has some other really useful mathspiration.  His blog, dy/dan, is a source of math prompts and discussions that will have you thinking beyond computation. 101Questions is a project that encourages students to think about math through photo prompts and inquiry.  Graphing Stories is STINKING fantastic, Dan offers a printout for your students, they can then watch any video and graph the story.  AWESOME describes this resource. Three Act Math is a curricula that Dan developed, click on the links within the doc to get to the resources.  Again…AWESOME. Geometry curricula offers you Dan’s handouts, pdfs, powerpoint and keynote presentations.  Algebra curricula offers the same.

THANK YOU Dan for sharing your passion for mathematics, your inspiration for those of us who aren’t as naturally inclined to geek out about math, and for your openness of resources.

How to integrate Dan Meyer’s awesomeness into the classroom:  Dan makes it really easy for you to integrate his methods into your classroom.  Everything you need from inspiration, to mathematical story sets, to curricula materials is available.  If you teach math, the obvious place to start is with the type of math that you teach.  Dan’s resources are mostly intended for high school students use.  However, as I looked through his resources again, I think they could be appropriate for students in elementary school as well.

101Questions is a great way to have your kids enter an inquiry mindset as they approach math.  These are photos that ask your students what the first thing that comes to mind is.  Students can type in their answer and get a new prompt.  These would be a great way to start your class using a projector or interactive whiteboard.  Have your class inquire and come up with questions together.  Students can also do this as an independent activity and then share their questions with other students.

Graphing Stories speaks for itself.  Again, it is geared toward secondary students, but I think that given enough support, primary students would really enjoy engaging math this way too.  (Sometimes we don’t give students enough credit for where an interest can take their thinking.  Case in point: Anastasis 2nd and 3rd graders who know Fibonacci inside and out. Normally you wouldn’t see the concept until high school or later.)

The Three Act Math is also a favorite of mine.  Use Dan’s three acts, or use his as inspiration for creating your own!

Dan’s resources hit on every level of Bloom’s Taxonomy…that alone is good reason to stop reading this and go on your own exploration!

Tips: Dan is great to follow on Twitter...a constant stream of 140 character mathspiration!

How are you using Dan Meyer’s Awesome in your classroom?  Leave a comment below!

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