Generate Great Conversations With Math Graffiti


I love to hear what children think! Some years ago, I combined my love of comics and math with a need to give kids a platform for math conversations. Enter: Math Graffiti! It was as simple as could be (if you subtract the difficulty of finding and downloading specific math comics from the Internet...15 years ago!)

I hunted down some great math comics, focusing on "Calvin and Hobbes" because I love Calvin's attitude on almost everything! You shouldn't have any TOU issues if you use one copy in your classroom for educational purposes.

I made a simple display on the inside of my classroom by taping the current comic onto a sheet of laminated construction paper and adding a pen. I asked a specific question each time, but students were allowed to make other comments, as long as they were appropriate. In reviewing the ones included here, I noticed the word "stupid" a time or two. Guess they missed the memo.





I left each comic up for a week and tried to find time by Friday to have a whole-group conversation, sharing some of the comments.

My kids loved Math Graffiti! They loved "writing on the wall", getting a chance to share their thoughts, and the comics! I highly recommend Math Graffiti as a regular, or even an occasional, part of your math program.

How do you solicit students' thoughts in math conversations? I'd love to hear your ideas!
Pat McFadyen
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