**Math Reps**

Our math class begins with “Math Reps”, a Jon Corippo and Marlena Hebern EduProtocol. Lisa Nowakowski has sweet templates that I’ve been using. I believe that she ran with Jon’s original idea and turned it into Math Reps. I may be mistaken though. Regardless, awesome stuff! Math Reps are not meant for me to take home and correct. Instead, it’s a quick and easy formative assessment. I quickly take attendance and I begin to roam the room to check for understanding. At times we will go over certain sections of Math Reps together. Other times I see with my own eyes that there is sufficient evidence to not have to go over Math Reps together as a class. Our current reps include multiplying with area models, area model division, multiplying 10, 100, 100, etc. times an assigned number using mental math, and finally prime factorization.

**Math** **Appetizers**

After Math Reps we begin Math Appetizers, which have been a welcome addition to my math instruction. Daily activities like “Estimation 180“, “Would You Rather?” and “Which One Doesn’t Belong?” are a great way to start math. It allows students to practice academic discourse with problems or situations that are non-threatening.

This past week I threw in a Dan Meyer’s 3-Act Task which was perfect for ratios, as a way to start the chapter. Here’s the 1st act:

Once again, a non-threatening problem. It’s obviously math but I didn’t throw standards at the kids or anything like that. I didn’t really preface the video with anything. I showed the video and we discussed it afterwards. What do you notice? What do you wonder? We discarded the idea of simply throwing the paint away because of how crazy-expensive it is. In collaborative groups students uncovered the best way to fix the problem. Crazy, huh? Jo Boaler is correct about kids being traumatized by math. I plan on using Matt Vaudrey’s epic Mullet Ratio on a second go at ratio’s later in the year.

It was an action packed week. Was it a lot of work? Of course! That’s the fun part. Plus, why do you think I am writing this on a Tuesday!