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!

We're all in this together!

Pat

Growing Grade By Grade
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