One thing I love when talking with colleagues is bouncing around ideas for activities we could try in our classrooms. As the ideas get fleshed out and refined, it always inspires curiosities as to what the students will think and do. A perpetual questioner, I immediately begin to wonder: What will my students do mathematically with the problem? What responses might they give? What could I learn about their understandings based on these responses? And how will this activity build to new ideas in our future work? These questions are exactly what excites me about teaching every day and, now being in a coaching role, I have so many more opportunities for these exact conversations with other teachers.
When watching Josh’s video, Coding in the Algebra Classroom, I felt all of that same, new activity excitement both on his part and, by the way the students were engaged in their learning, on their part as well. Josh uses so many powerful teacher moves during his video. He allows the students to build curiosity by asking what they notice, using Desmos to encourage students to connect ideas, choosing different situations for different students, and integrating coding as an application of the algebra content. Watching his video after reading Rich Talk = Rich Learning, left me imagining how we could combine these two ideas and what it could look like in the elementary grades. So, check out the videos, read the blogs, and I look forward to hearing how you could imagine work like this in your classroom!