Blog post: Tweet sized tasks
It took me quite a while to find something to respond to on Dan’s blog. It seems as though most of his posts are responses to somebody else! Anyway, I loved his idea of tweet sized tasks and the challenge of posing a clear math problem within a single tweet. It really got my mind going and I loved reading all of the different examples that he got. I immediately pictured myself challenging my students to do this in my own class. I know that this would be an engaging challenge for them and a great way to incorporate technology into my lessons. I also feel that by challenging them to do so it will require them to really understand how to identify important pieces of information in a math problem and hopefully give them a sense of problem solving skills and strategies. I think this would be a great intro to the class activity and would make for a fun day of solving each other’s math problems. I think it’s really important for students to understand that math needs to be more open-ended and that every number and piece of information that they need is going to be perfectly spelled out for them every time. That’s what takes the real world out of a math problem and I want to put the real back into it.