Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Keep Up With My Curated Lists of YouTube Videos for Math Class


Last semester I started seeking out videos to supplement my teaching.  There are hundreds, often thousands of videos explaining most major topics in math, but most of them simply won't work with my students.  Almost anything with a person in front of a whiteboard or even just problem sets worked out on the screen is unusable, and this unfortunately seems to be the majority of what's out there (at least on YouTube).

What I need are videos that are funny, memorable and engaging so that key topics stay in their brains.  Sometimes I just need a clip that reminds them why it's important to learn math.  The videos also need to be as short as possible, both to fit into the period and to keep my students' fleeting attention.

Here are the 2 lists I've started building:

Shown in Math Class
Suggested for Math Class

I've added comments where I thought they'd be helpful.  While I do teach Algebra 1 and Math Models, I think these will work in a variety of math classes.  I intend to add to each list regularly; please keep me accountable and call me out if I don't!

P.S. If you're skeptical about this, keep in mind that the majority of my students are ninth grade repeaters.  If these videos work for them, they will work for anybody.

3 comments:

Ms. Zimmer Teaches in Math Land said...

Thanks. I like to show videos on fun Friday or anyway to engage my 9 th grade Algebra 1 a kids. My favorites of the year have been vi harts spirals and triangles and www.stayingahead.org. I have no info about stayingahead but I used the lesson for fraction, percent, decimal and proportion of 360 to make pie graphs.
Happy New Year!

Heather said...

Hi!
My name is Heather and I work for Worth Ave. Group. We’re currently holding a contest for K-12 teachers to win grants for their schools, and iPads or iPods for their classrooms. If you’re interested in participating, feel free to email me or visit the link I’ve posted below.
Have a great day!
http://www.worthavegroup.com/giveaway/
voteforteachers@worthavegroup.com

Anonymous said...

You have to see Slope Dude! It can be found on YouTube. It may seem like a little odd because the voice is monotonous, but students LOVE to LAUGH at slope dude. The best part is that they remember the different types of slope!