- Number Talks. Using Flipgrid helps slow down the pace of the discussion and allows more time for students to think about and respond to the math. Everyone gets to share their voice and add to the conversation.
- Weekly Math Problem. This could be done as a review or about the current topic. Mix it up by doing this with another class at your school, district, or across the country! For me, I’ll be teaching five sections of 6th grade math, so this could be a great way for students from other classes to interact with each other.
- Student Math Challenge. Put students in control and allow them to provide a math problem for classmates to complete. I like this idea for simple computational practice. My students in the past always loved to challenge each other with different problems. Some healthy organic competition can do wonders in a classroom!
- Find the mistake. Post a video or picture of a math problem that was worked out incorrectly and has the wrong answer. Students must then find the error and explain in their response how to solve it correctly.
- Would you rather…? Have seen www.wouldyourathermath.com? It’s a website put together by Classroom Chef co-author John Stevens. On the site are tons of scenarios posted that challenge the students to think, solve some math, choose a path and justify their reasoning. The best part is that new ones are continuously added and you can search them by categories!
- Student created math tutorials. I can see this happening two ways. The first option is to have students add math tutorial responses on a predetermined math skill. Then share the filled Flipgrid Topic as a resource for others to use. The second option is like a “math help hotline”. Provide a topic where students can post questions or calls for help. Other students can respond with a short how-to tutorial. For either one these options, a screencasting app could be used to create the video and then just upload those videos to Flipgrid.
- Math Notes. Flipgrid could be a great way to chronicle all of the different math topics and skills that have been taught in your class. Place either student or teacher created responses that students could go back to if they get stuck and need help. Make sure to have student save or bookmark the link to the grid and they can have access 24/7.
- Stump the Teacher. Students pose a math question they already know the answer to and teachers respond with the solution and how it was solved.
- Get families involved. An amazing math teacher I met through Flipgrid, Jennifer Saarinen, takes advantage of this platform to have her students' families record responses and solve math problems and learn with the students. For example, She shared with me how when introducing percentages, she created a topic to have family members describe how they use and interact percentages at work, in their daily lives, and the solve a math problem involving percentages with the student. This example leads me on to number ten...
Math Curse by Jon Scheszka & Lane Smith
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- Think, Notice, Wonder. I discovered think, notice, and wonder after reading this blog post. It is another great way to get students to share their mathematical thinking and connections. You provide students with an image prompt and they share what they think, notice, and wonder. The responses don't always have to be math related because the goal is to get students to practice explaining their reasoning and understanding. This strategy is also a great way to help students write about their math. After writing down their response, they can share that via Flipgrid.
- Which One Doesn't Belong. I discovered WODB, through the mathupmath.com website. In a blog post here is how they describe how WODB works. "Instead of working on practice problems during a lesson's warm-up, students will observe and reflect upon a graphic displaying four images. They will then apply their mathematical and reasoning skills to decide which of the four items does not belong and also justify why their choice is valid." To me the incredible thing about using WODB prompts there isn't one correct answer. As long as a students make a valid and justifiable answer they are correct. So when answers are shared it generates a fantastic mathematical discussion that can use up an entire class period. Add one of these prompts to a Flipgrid topic and watch the conversation flourish. There is also the wodb.ca website that has ready to use prompts as well.
- Convince me that. These are a series of teacher created prompts that I first saw started and shared on Twitter by math teacher Daniel Kaufmann. It's a simple yet genius idea to help students focus on different aspects of a math problem than just solving them because the answer is included. Now students must explain the how, why, process, etc.. behind the solution. Adding a prompt like this to Flipgrid will give all students to share their understanding, learn from others, and dive deeper into mathematical reasoning. You can find a slide deck with "Convine me that" prompts here.
What are your thoughts on these idea? Which idea would you want to try first? How have you used Flipgrid in a math lesson before? Leave me a comment below or connect with me on Twitter @SEANJFAHEY.