Welcome to Mrs. Fowler's classroom blog! We appreciate your visit. This is an interactive blog for my high school mathematics classroom which I plan to use from time to time. The posts include content about teaching mathematics in grades 9th -12th and information about tools we can use in the classroom. This blog is for my use, as the teacher, and also for the use of my students.
On this blog, we will demonstrate acceptance of all students. There will be no bullying, name-calling, or intimidation. This is a safe environment for all students including all diverse learners and students with different learning styles. We will be humble and kind and will respond in a respective manner.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The #mathphotoaday project was started by a third grade teacher named Mrs. Bettes in Manitoba. She started out having her third graders take pictures of a math concept every day for the whole month of May. Each day, she would give them a prompt, such as to take a picture of a polygon. Then these were shared on Twitter. The students learned quite a bit from the project and it allowed them to be creative. It was also a great way to get the students to start seeing math concepts in their real life surroundings.
In this high school classroom, I will make the prompts a little more challenging. I will have students take pictures of different situations where using the Pythagorean Theorem would apply, for example. I will have students upload these to the classroom blog so that all of the students can see them and I can review them. I think it will be fun to see what students come up with, and I think students will enjoy looking for ways to use math in real life. It can be a fun way to end the school year by reviewing major concepts we covered.
I read about this project in two different articles by Richard Byrne in Free Technology for Teachers. These are titled Making Observations With "Photo a Day" Projects and Photograph Math - #mathphotoaday . Check these out and I hope you enjoy.