A Brave New World

If my classes are all built on the concept of reflection, metacognition, and relationships, how do I build and foster that in a hybrid and remote setting? Not going to lie, that has kept me up at night this summer.

We will be in a hybrid situation to start (I’ll see half my students for half my classes in the morning, then the other half in the afternoon; the next day I’ll see the students for the remaining classes in the same manner – but while trying to continue the curriculum), but will still need to accommodate students who cannot or choose not to be at school.

So here are my (very evolving and very flexible) ideas:

  • Start with “Getting To Know You” Google Slides (thanks @howie_hua!)
  • Some of my classes will have a Desmos AB each weekend – alternating between “What’s Going on in This Graph?” and Slow Reveal Graphs.
  • I used templates from @SlidesManiaSM (throw some coffee money their way – the templates are awesome!) to create two great writing tools:
    • My AP Stats students will do chapter summaries (if you use TPS, feel free to use!).
    • My students will still be able to do a weekly online journal (and still be able to handwrite their work, which is big for learning and understanding).
  • One of the classes I teach is a 4th year course for seniors who will not be taking calculus in college. I created the course last year; it’s a combination of intro to stats and personal finance. I made the curriculum based off of Stats Medic, Skew the Script, Next Gen Personal Finance, Practical Money Skills Curriculum, FDIC, Phillips Exeter Academy, Park School of Baltimore, Deerfield Academy (Nils Ahbel), Park City Mathematics Institute, and North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. This year, the class will be entirely project based.
  • I will continue to do self-evaluations, but I’m still working that through. I may allow students to create a video and use FlipGrid or Google Slides. Still working that one out. Would love to hear ideas.

This is my foundation and I will build from here. The bottom line, my mantra: problem-solving, metacognition, and relationships – to make my students better mathematicians and better people.

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