Global Math Department is one of the original BigMarker Communities. For the last two years, they’ve connected over 1,200 math teachers from all across the globe. The purpose of the community is to bring together math teachers under one roof and then to share knowledge with their fellow instructors. According to their About page: “We are math teachers who share what we’ve learned, cause we don’t want our classes to suck the energy from students. Professional development among friends, not just colleagues. Fun! Immediately useful! Interesting!”
Originally, GMD started as a thread on Twitter. Megan Hayes-Golding. physics teacher in Atlanta, recovering math teacher, and founder of the Global Math Department, moved the Twitter chat to BigMarker. On BigMarker, the group is able to meet face-to-face in any of their weekly presentations.
Global Math Department is a perfect example how groups can come together on BigMarker to do something big. All it takes is a community, and then you can start meeting face-to-face. It’s the perfect way for impromptu meetings or full-scale webinars.
You can see the Global Math Department Community on BigMarker.
Here are some of Global Math Department’s past webinars:
Using Pear Deck in the Classroom
Pear Deck makes it easy to plan and build interactive lessons directly from your Google Drive that promote active learning in the classroom. As students interact with the lesson, real-time data provides instructors the feedback they need to adapt teaching on-the-fly. Join Riley Eynon-Lynch as he shares about his Pear Deck project and how to utilize it in the classroom.
Aug 6: Tossing Coins & Rolling Dice: Using Simulations to Estimate Probabilities
Presented by S. Leigh Nataro (@mathteacher24)
According to the CCSS, 7th grade students should be able to design a simulation to answer the following question: If 40% of donors have type A blood, what is the probability that it will take at least 4 donors to find one with type A blood? Don’t rush ahead to use technology. Learn how to get students to use physical models first and then see how technology, like Fathom, can be used create the simulation. Three different examples will be discussed and short demonstration videos will be shared.
July 29: Twitter Math Camp Recap
Presented by those who attended Twitter Math Camp in Jenks, OK this past week. We’ll hear informal or formal presentations of up to 10 minutes each.
If you want to share something you learned (highly encouraged!) hit up @GlobalMathDept on Twitter or firstname.lastname@example.org. No prep required — this is going to be about 90% informal.
July 22: Making Social Media More than Merely Social: Implications for Teacher Professionalism
Presented by Raymond Johnson, @MathEdNet
When we think about teachers using social media, we often think
of the benefits to the individual: that lesson plan someone shared
with you, the helpful comment you got on your blog post, or the
emotional support you received after a tough day. But what might
teachers’ social media use imply for teaching as a profession? We’ll
look at some perspectives on social media, teacher professionalism,
and how the two might compliment each other.
July 15: Strategic Inquiry
Presented by David Wees (@davidwees).
Inquiry is a process through which teams of educators use data to identify a group of students who are not currently within the sphere of success for their school (or their classrooms), and to identify a change in instructional practice which will benefit those students, and then confirm that this change made a difference for these students, and then follow this up with system-level changes to support these students. This process repeats over time, and over time, educators get better at serving the needs of all students in their schools.
In this workshop we will experience one of the fundamental protocols for inquiry, which is looking at specific students’ work to identify changes in instructional practices in order to benefit these students.
July 8: Standards Based Grading, Where to Start and How to go Deeper
Presented by Jessica Bogie (@algebrainiac1) & Matt Owen (@_mattowen_)
Standards Based Grading is mentioned quite often as we delve deeper into CCSS. We will talk how we started with SBG, how we keep it organized, share a few favorite sites & pointers and turn to the audience to help discuss how to make it even more beneficial for our students and their understanding.
July 1: Do The Math Like Your Life Depends On It
The pressure is higher than ever to include investigative tasks in mathematics. Come explore and experience some “life or death” investigations that help us understand what rigorous problem solving and modeling look like. Will you survive Deadly Die? Outwit Fatal Cards? Come consider your choices…and construct viable arguments.