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Workshop 3 Stop Motion Animation Video Making takes time to film and edit.

Count the time as SELF-TUTORING hours OR TUTORING OTHERS hours. 


We'll show some of the videos in class.







Tutoring Math Class 5

Assignment 4 due Tuesday, March 1 by 4 p.m.

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Class Opener  WHY is math mostly taught as procedural learning? 



Procedural vs. Conceptual Learning 

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Conceptual learning provides models, ideas and multiple ways to understand how to solve the math.


Procedural learning provides a formula, trick, or method to solve a particular kind of math without understanding how or why the formula, trick or method solves the problems.












Read this brief article as you will be answering questions about it.

DO NOT OPEN LINKS IN THE ARTICLE unless you are interested.


external image Polybooks.pngREAD  One Paycheck Away from the Street


If you have any trouble opening the link, put this url in your browser. Change browsers if you cannot get to it free. I access it in Chrome and Bing.com



1. DO YOU KEEP HAVE A BUDGET and have you budgeted for unexpected expenses?


2. Bullet list three facts you learned reading "One Paycheck Away From the Street." 



Spent--the simulation below--
 teaches the concept of budgeting.

Making an ACTUAL budget is procedural learning. 


external image Crystal_Clear_app_desktopshare.png Play Spent


3. After playing Spent, identify three choices you made that are examples of information in "One Paycheck Away From the Street."

Describe each of the 3 choices in its own paragraph--you are composing 3 paragraphs. 








Spent captures interest and attention with Montessori's point of interest, self-correction and continuous learning w/each play.


A 7th grader in Quincy, MA, explained to his math teacher why playing the game more than once was so important.


He said, "This game is going to teach me how to be an adult!"



Kids and adults LEARN from game play that is interesting to them and contains Montessori's Principles.

They experience learning in the Flow Zone

The next video shows students learning math playing online games--Motion Math is a favorite of theirs.


































  Motion Math in the Classroom


Math games, board games, computer games, sports and dance, are ways to teach students math procedures and concepts. 


Sports, dance, interactive resources, games must NOT over-emphasize procedural facts instead of conceptual learning or students will STOP learning from BOREDOM, FRUSTRATION, OR DISINTEREST.



4. Which of Montessori's Principles do you see in the games in Motion Math?



Point of Interest-- something inviting draws the learner's focus and attention to the experience


Self Correcting Feedback-- the materials offer self-correcting information 


Continuous Learning-- every experience playing a game or creating or making, increases learners' knowledge, skills, understanding




To try the free online version with friends or someone you are tutoring, here is the link- Qwirkle Freeware



5. Throughout K-12, did you play online games or use a gaming system in math classes to learn math? 


If so, did the games keep you in a flow zone OR out of the Flow Zone?





Workshop 2  Math and Gender


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Hexahedron or "cube"


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Researchers in psychology have been studying STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) and a marked gender gap phenomenon. Girls are less likely to major in these fields in college or enter them in the job market.


A recent study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that "children can adopt beliefs from information they hear about their gender," through literature, television and media, toys, and conversations with adults.

"A girl who hears that “girls are bad at math” can internalize that message, believe she IS bad at math, and do worse at math because of it."
-Maggie Severns, Future Tense, June 14, 2012


What games and toys are for young children to use and call their own? How do toys influence beliefs?



ADD a question about toys.



external image 200px-Podcast-icon.svg.pngHow One College Is Closing the Tech Gender Gap


How One College Is Changing the Tech Gender Gap reports 18% of U. S. in computer science graduates are female.  

6. Bullet list four initiatives to teaching and learning Harvey Mudd College instituted to attract women to the computer science program and keep them learning.


7. If you were expanding this program to attract and interest all kinds of students in computer science, mathematics and engineering design courses, what would you CREATE THAT IS NOT PRESENTLY THERE to add to Harvey Mudd's initiatives?




Workshop 3  Stop Motion Animation Videos


Stop Motion Animation Videos by elementary school students!


View 1st, video


Videos from Odyssey Bookstore 





3 min. video instructions

She speaks quickly but the ideas shown are helpful.








This shows how to make a 2 frame video.


Create Your Stop Motion Video 

Download an stop motion video making app.

We use the FREE version of Stop Motion Studio




Email your video to me or upload it your learning log.

Google drive does not allow you to insert video into a google doc.

A solution to this is to record yourself on your phone or computer.

Take the video file and upload it to google drive.

Once uploaded to google drive, set the permissions for the video to anyone with the link can view--click the three dots in the top right corner, then click share.  


8. Where is math involved in stop motion animation video making? What concepts are we using?



BIG IDEA Closer  Mindsets--How do we change ours to help us learn?



9. Applying your knowledge about factors that produce growth and fixed mindsets, analyze in a few sentences the mindset you have about learning mathematics. How did you get this mindset?



10. DO YOU THINK having choices of multimodal resources to learn with as you did in this assignment-- using stop motion animation video production, playing Spent, and learning math with game play would positively help you to enjoy learning math?  


Questions we'll be asking in next week's class re: Self-tutoring and Tutoring Others


Which of these BIG IDEAS are you incorporating in tutoring yourself & others?

·      Multiple Modes of Learning

·      Growth Mindset/Fixed Mindset (John Legend’s success having a growth mindset) 

·      Montessori’s Principles

·      Bloom’s Taxonomy   


Not Part of the Assignment

Animations and Storytelling from Young Writers Bookcase


A Ingham's List of Technology & Teaching Resources, Updated Frequently



Link to Using the Google Suite for Student Centered Teaching of Mathematics, Maddy Hill Slide Deck (Spring 2021)



Link to the Tutoring Math Digital Choice Board





More information about money and the state of our economy: https://www.marketplace.org 


What happens when poor families are given SMALL guaranteed incomes monthly?

Find out what happened in this pilot study w/ Stockton, CA families.







GoldieBlox Commercial


GoldieBlox, a toy company determined to raise the number of female engineers, uses their innovative toys to draw interest in the STEM subjects in young girls, which is often lost as they get older. 


Does this commercial upend the argument of the judges in the next story OF A FEMALE?  For your consideration and discussion in the Zoom conversation.




A game for tutoring yourself or others!


Qwirkle: Math Without Numbers


    • Math is the least favorite of more than one-third of students, the highest unfavorable rating of any subject.



Today we are going to play a game of shapes and colors that promotes mathematical thinking and mathematical learning, both procedurally and conceptually. 


It is called Qwirkle


  • Used to teach math problem-solving skills


  • Improve children's capacity to think logically and solve problems in novel situations


  • Promotes visual-spatial reasoning


  • Math concepts of sets with characteristics 


  • Qwirkle consists of 108 wooden blocks of six shapes and six colors.
  • Briefly explain and demonstrate rules (procedures) for playing the game
    • Use game from the previous group to show how rows are built and points are scored
  • Create teams of 2 or 3
  • Ask each team to create a team name
  • Draw 6 blocks and begin game play
    • 4th Grade Rules: Play as many blocks as you can during each turn
    • Ask team players to call the points as they get them

Play Qwirkle Against the Computer with the Qwirkle APP




What is the procedural and conceptual learning in the game?




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Khan Academy, is an online tutor for elementary, middle, high school, and college students learning astronomy, biology, calculus, chemistry, geography and more, has the mission "to provide a world-class education" experience free online to everyone.





View TED talk: Kahn Academy

Salman Khan's original intent for creating his tutoring site completely changed when users he had not planned for found the videos.

Summarize Khan's initial intent for his videos and compare that to what Khan Academy is now.


Would you conclude that this change resulted because of amistake, having a growth mindset,creating a change of purpose or something else entirely?

What is Khan Academy offering schools and students to positively influence teaching and learning? (View 11:00-15:20)





Interactive TimesTable from NCTM




Motion Math, the Definitive Review 

Why Play Math Games? Kitty Rutherford, Teaching Children Mathematics (April 27, 2015)



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Tutoring Others


Who are you tutoring?

What are you tutoring? 




What are you self-tutoring?

Are you taking 2 hours/week to pursue this learning? 


In 1-2 paragraphs describe TEAMS’ words, ideas or actions from the list above that you are using from the TEAMS’ weekly classes to assist tutoring others.


In 1-2 paragraphs describe TEAMS’ words, ideas or actions from the list above that you are using from the TEAMS’ weekly classes to assist your self-tutoring. 







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