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Week 5 Live meeting OR video comments (February 13-19)

Video comments task

Go to our video playlist on YouTube and pick three videos you like the most, as an elementary mathematics educator. Leave comments for the video's authors, explaining why you like the video (as an educator).

For that to work, focus on videos posted by their authors. You can usually figure out who posted from notes under the video. For example, our class participant David Wees recorded his young son asking about the relative motion, which the note explains: "My son asking a question about relative motion. Proof that even very young children sometimes have deep questions about physics."

In comments to this task, paste links to your videos and your comments.


The live meeting task

  • Choose any meeting from the list below
  • Attend and participate actively, OR view the recording
  • Post Comment to this task with the link to your meeting and a brief reflection


February 13-19 live meeting opportunities


Tuesday, February 14


Wednesday, February 15


Thursday, February 16

Task Discussion

  • Keisha   May 1, 2012, 2:56 p.m.

    Here are my top 3!

    At first it was hard to keep up with you but then I started to understand what you were getting at. The funny thing is I used to doodle those math circles in class when I couldn’t concentrate but I didn’t think of them as ‘math circles’. They were just circles that helped the time past faster. I never knew that doodling can translate into math. Very cool!

    This is amazing! I think a teacher should do this at least once in all their classes. It keeps the students engage and if they learn the lyrics it will help them remember the steps to find an answer in a math problem. At one of my field work observations the class made a song about short and long vowels to Lady Gaga Poker Face. They were singing it all day and when I tested them on the short a sound they were able to respond quickly with the right answer.

    I love that we are able to incorporate art into math. I’ve been dancing since i was little and would like to bring it into my classroom. This video is helping me a lot prepare ways to do so. Dance is a universal activity that everybody can relate to. I'm sure this will change learning math for a lot of students as it did for me.

  • Kathy Cianciola   Feb. 19, 2012, 6:28 p.m.

    It was difficult to narrow it down to only 3, but my son and I really enjoyed watching "Donald Duck In Mathmagicland" together.  After dealing with a nasty stomach virus for 2 days and trying to catch up on homework, it was a pleasant diversion.  "Donald Duck In Mathmagicland" was charming, and the year it was filmed is very significant for me.  I loved the way that music was a central focus. My son appreciated this too since he takes recorder lessons each week.  Donald (like many) believes that math is for "eggheads," so the narrator informs him that without "eggheads" there would be no music.  How very true!  It is clear that math and patterns are extremely important in music, and the video illustrates this concept quite well.  The importance of patterns in games, such as chess and in sports which are played on geometric areas, is highlighted.  It was funny when the narrator told Donald to clean up his mind, and they showed what was supposed to be a picture of his mind, full of cobwebs and other junk.  

    School House Rock's, "My Hero, Zero" is one of my all-time favorites.  Not only is it informative, but the catchy tune really keeps ones attention.  The video also gives children a basic understanding of how zeros multiply numbers, and it's a good intro to how place value works.  I also liked the effective use of rhyming words in the song.

    I loved the video of the little boy singing Lehrer's "The Elements."  This is to the tune of "Major General," by Gilbert and Sullivan.  I have great memories of singing Gilbert and Sullivan songs with my dad, but aside from that, the little boy was extremely cute!  His ability to remember was really amazing. It blew me away!

  • Carolyn Lesser   Feb. 19, 2012, 3:24 p.m.


    The Next Generation of K-6 Math Instruction

    Comment: This is really awesome! With the way the world is moving this is what we need. Children today need more technology to keep their attention. They are surrounded by technology all day so why not at school as well? I would love to be able to try this out and see how it works!



    The Elements (Tom Lehrer) - as sung by a four year old

    Comment: This is great! This really goes to show how much information children absorb at that age and how important it is to feed them the right information and not just leave the TV on all day.



    School House Rock Season 1 Multiplication Episode 1 - My Hero Zero


    Comment: I have always loved School House Rock. They are great tools for teaching and get kids excited to learn! I can still remember these videos from when I was in school. It just makes it so easy to remember how 0 works.

  • SandyG   Feb. 16, 2012, 7:40 p.m.


    School House Rock was an excellent educational tool. Children learn easily through song, and the lasting memories of these shorts bears out that theory. I can still sing these words 30 years later!


    This is a great way to teach young kids the concept of subtraction. The explanations are easily understood. The use of song and visual explanations really meets the needs of diverse learners. Great job!


    The final video I commented on is this one from Sesame Street.  My comment is awaiting approval, but I said that Sesame Street is the ultimate education tool.  This lesson on matching (and symmetry) brings  a difficult subject down to a child’s level of understanding.  The use of loved characters and humor makes it memorable and holds children’s attention.  Sesame Street really does a wonderful job of presenting science, math, and language lessons.

  • Laura Haeberle   Feb. 16, 2012, 7:08 p.m.

    There were so many fantastic videos to choose from, it was a bit difficult! I really enjoyed the videos designed for early childhood, probably because of how cute and catchy everything was. Moreover, I feel like the importance of visuals doesn't end in early childhood, as so many adults still remember the greatness of Bill Nye, Schoolhouse Rock, etc.


    Solving For X w/ Bill Nye and Cynthia Rube

    Comment: Videos likethis are great because they really allow children to connect math to real life. Kids are always saying, "Why do we need to learn this?" This video, led by the famous Bill Nye, is a perfect example.


    Schoolhouse Rock - Three is a Magic Number

    Comment: Ilove how colorful and catchy this video is! It's especially great for preschoolers, who learn very well from visual examples and many connections to real life. I think the popularity of the video, even with older generations, is proof of how timeless it is.


    When You Subtract With a Pirate (math song for kids)

    Comment: This video definitely got stuck in my head! I feel like this type of video really makes the concept of subtraction seem lessintimidating. The examples are very helpful, and break down the ideas of subtraction is a way that's easy for all kids to understand.