Routines for Math Thinking

Which One Doesn’t Belong – Day 10

Which One Doesn’t Belong is one of my favorite routines to use with students. Students choose which one they think does not belong from a group of images. The most important thing is that they explain why they believe that particular image does not belong. And anything goes. An example from the image above would be I think that the bottom right does not belong because it is the only one that is green. Students also need to be thoughtful that their explanation only works for that particular image. If I said that the bottom right was outlined in red, … Continue reading Which One Doesn’t Belong – Day 10

Same or Different – Day 7

How are these pictures the same? How are these pictures different? This routine of same or different allows students to compare two things, looking for how they are similar and how they are different. Students start by thinking and studying this picture – noticing and wondering how these images are the same and how they are different. Then students share, verbalizing what the see being the same and different. Students learn how to share and talk about math in a way that is fun and engaging. They also see how different students see the world by listening to what they … Continue reading Same or Different – Day 7

Noticing & Wondering – Day 4

Today’s activity is taken from Youcubed’s Week of Inspirational Math. It involves taking the structure of noticing and wondering and extending it into an activity. And I think everyone could enjoy this one. What do you notice? What do you wonder? Here are some other questions that Youcubed has included: What questions do you have? What information does this graph provide? Other questions might be which emoji is the least cute? Do you agree with that? Which emoji does this person like the most? How do you know that? Where would you put cat emojis? Why are the emojis with … Continue reading Noticing & Wondering – Day 4

What is noticing and wondering? – Day 1

As an educator, I want to cultivate curiosity. This structure of noticing and wondering about an image allows for all students to share what they see and what they are curious about. What this structure teaches: see things in a variety of ways hear how other people see things – so yes, empathy to some extent curiosity – how did you see that or what made you see it that way? how to connect what I know to something unfamiliar What math this structure teaches: there is more than one way to see something vocabulary will share more after some … Continue reading What is noticing and wondering? – Day 1