Facebook Math Challenge for Bell Work Prompt >>>> 6÷2(1+2) = ?

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Before we begin, I know I teach Language Arts. I also know that I am horrible at math. That being said, I think it’s good to mix things up in the class when the opportunity presents itself. I came across this on Facebook, and I thought it would serve for a good Monday morning bell work prompt. This as well as the 5W’s about their weekend activities. I digress, I posed this question in my Facebook status, and I had answers ranging from 1 to 6 to 9. I answered 9, and I’m 99% sure I’m correct. People were challenging the answer, so I did a little search on YouTube to get an evidence based correct answer. All that being said, I’m still 99% sure I’m correct. I will run it by the Math Teacher to get that final 1%.

Overall, I obtained my answer because of prior knowledge as well as knowing that I read from left to right, so that’s how I reached my answer. 6÷2 is 3, 2 +1 is 3, parenthesis indicate multiplication, so we end up with 3 x 3 = 9. Again, I could be wrong (99% sure I am right though). My wife later explained to me that using PEMDAS Order of Operations is a good way to explain it to the kids. My overall objective is to help students by reviewing PEMDAS, and hopefully having some fun while doing it. I think mentioning anything about Facebook brings a smile to the student’s faces… Continue reading

March Madness Bracket Challenge = Teacher For a Day;]

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[*Printable Bracket via SB Nation] As March Madness sets upon us, I have decided to let the students that are interested get a taste of the madness for themselves. Throughout the year, various students have asked if they could be the teacher for a day. They’ve either asked because they think I’m boring, or they think they can do a better job than I can;) Well, today is their chance. However, like in life, nothing is given, they must earn this via our March Madness Bracket Challenge. I’ve been scavenging the internet for a Language Arts lesson that connects the NCAA Tournament into the classroom, but I’ve had no luck. I did find one, but it was for math. I did find a few writing prompts that I will use for bell work. They can be viewed [here]. If anybody has one for Language Arts, please send it my way. I digress, participation will be optional. When I made the announcement, I had a medium level of interest. I think the whole idea of taking over the class is what really piqued their interest. I always welcome competition in my classroom. The winner will get to be the teacher on a to be determined half-day in April during their specific class. The winner will sit down with the teacher (me), and we will go over how to make a lesson plan with an objective for the class to reach by the end of the class period. This will not be a free for all;) The winners will be expected to teach the class something, and they will receive as much guidance as they need…

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