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- Using your FlipGrid account the teacher will create a grid and/or topic with FlipGrid and share this with the students.
- The students get time to complete the task and add their response, sharing their thought process, work, and final solution.
- Students can then view and respond to other videos if needed.
- 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 predetermine 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.
- Use the video transcript. With each FlipGrid response, a transcript is generated. While they are not always perfect, students could go back and read over their explanation to a math problem to see if it makes sense. If it doesn’t students could copy the text, modify it, and either record a new response using the edited transcript or submit the text via a shared Google Doc or Form. My thinking is this might be helpful for students to see text responses and know what to write for those questions on our standardized tests that want students to explain why or describe how.
Math Curse by Jon Scheszka & Lane Smith
Photo credit: screenshot, amazon.comShare real world math experiences. Math is all around us! The more and more students can relate the things they are learning in math to their lives the better. Use FlipGrid and have students share their math experiences that happened outside of the classroom. They can share how they figured out if the had enough money to spend. Have them talk about what measurements they used when cooking a recipe. What angles did they notice at the playground? Possibilities are endless! One of my favorite ways to begin the school year is reading the book Math Curse to my students and have them create their own Math Curse stories. If you do this, students could add their Math Curse questions to FlipGrid for their classmates to answer.
What are your thoughts on this? 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.