Carnegie Learning Teaching Excellence Institute 2015

Works Cited

Below are all the resources and consulted media from the keynote and both breakout workshops. As always, I offer lifetime tech support. Feel free to email or tweet me with any questions.

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Reaching the Unreachables Resources

  • We noted and commented as a group using this Google Doc.
  • The picture of the incorrectly-labeled unit circle is taken from, a treasure trove for asking students, “What did this person do wrong?”
  • The image of the fixed mindset and growth mindset is a cropped version of this one from flickr, which does an excellent job of explaining both concepts.
  • Babycenter recommends against labeling a child as shy (fixed mindset).
  • I referenced 20% time, it’s a project where students spend 20% of our time during the week researching whatever they want. Here’s how my class started and here’s the finished product from the year of Samantha and Donte.
  • Sir Ken Robinson is the speaker for the best-rated TED talk of all time. If you attended CLTEI 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll see that he and I agree on quite a bit.
  • The Standards for Mathematical Practice are a favorite among math teachers I like, and the graphic that groups all 8 is one of hundreds available online.
  • The Red Vines problem is one of hundreds of tasks on, the brainchild of Andrew Stadel.
  • Which One Doesn’t Belong is a fairly new addition to the Math Twitter Blog-o-sphere, and has exploded since its creation in  late 2014.
  • Graphing Stories is the least populated of all my favorite appetizers, but all the videos are free and downloadable, so I can’t complain much.
  • Khan Academy and the PhotoMath app are both great tools that will not replace teachers, unless those teachers are terrible.
  • Sugata Mitra installed sturdy computers with high-speed internet into the walls of the poorest slums in India, then watched as students taught themselves English, computer skills, and some introductory cellular biology.
  • The book about leaderless organizations is called the Starfish and the Spider. It’s a worthy read, you know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • Mathalicious. It may look intimidating, but they are exceptionally accessible via twitter or email, they’re liberal with handing out free trials, and they even set up recommended unit plan aligned by grade level with standards. Truly, it’s worth every cent if you’re not sure where to start with reaching the unreachable student.
  • Also, Karim wrote an article for Edutopia a while ago and it’s worth a read.

Reaching the Unreachables Credits

  • The image of a graph worksheet was taken from SCOE.
  • Have you heard of Desmos? If I could have included it without just doing a fly-by, I would have. It’s the single greatest support for math class since the TI-83 and the slide rule. The sample problems were screenshots of simple graphs you can make yourself here.
  • Dan Meyer is a speaker and blogger who has catalyzed thousands of math teachers to reform and improve their content. He’s on Twitter and just got hired to Desmos, which gets us pretty excited.
  • A theme throughout the day is my own aversion to the Right Thing, Said Once. Read that.

Appetizing Math Warm-ups

A short list of free math warm-ups is available here under the appropriately marked Appetizers.

It’s handy to use a handout to guide your students through the the appetizers, though you can make your own using scraps from it cut-and-pasted in Microsoft Word or Google Drive.

Google 101: Get Your Google Driver’s License

Start here – this is step-by-step instructional guide. In case you were totally lost the entire time, you can follow these pictures at your own pace.
Click here to get a Driver’s License to print and put on your wall.


~Matt “Make Math Class Meaningful” Vaudrey