Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Estimation 180 has Lessons!

Head over to Estimation 180 and you'll see this lovely new option in the menu bar.


That's right! 


I've added a "Lessons" page with many lessons I've created, sorting them by their CCSS. I'd like to thank Dan Meyer and Robert Kaplinsky for their friendly suggestions (nudging) to tag my lessons in an attempt to make it easier for other teachers to find and use. Plus, I'm tired of my lessons collecting digital dust and hope that teachers can find and use them.

I was honored to give a workshop for teachers in my district today. The workshop became the motivating factor for making this Lessons page. Right now, most of the lessons are 3 Act lessons that can be found at Dan's 101qs.com A few other lessons are ones I've blogged about. However, I have added two test pages at Estimation 180 where the entire lesson is available for teachers to use. Right now. At Estimation 180.

Pay close attention to my File Cabinet and Stacking Cups lesson PAGES!.

These two full-on lessons are ready for you and your students. You'll see all three acts, teacher notes, student work, student handout (if you like/need), and downloadable videos. Let me know if you have any thoughts, advice, or questions.

I hope this "Lessons" page is useful and/or better than that silly unorganized spreadsheet I've got lingering. You'll notice a few links are under construction, but many links deliver the goods. Check in often for updates.


P.S. Thanks to Fawn, Nathan, Robert, and Eric for your feedback.


  1. Like I said, this looks pretty sharp. Just one question...when did this "title my lesson" become a thing? What do you feel you get out of it?

    1. I'm pretty sure students titling the lesson comes from the TIMMS videos and Japanese classrooms. After the lesson, students are encouraged to title their learning for the day before the teacher reveals his/her title. I've been doing this for about a month now and love it. Even after a lesson that required a majority of direct instruction, I've had students reflect on the learning and create a title. Usually, the titles are more fun, but at least contain an element or two of what we're learning. I like it.
      It's no so much what I get out of it, but what the students can get out of it. Think how some students can freak out if you announce what we're doing/learning today.
      "Today, boys and girls, we'll be learning about Least Common Multiple."
      Students: AAGHHHH! We learned this last year. I'm not good at that. I never remember how. Do we have to divide? I don't wanna do this."
      Then you use Dan's Shipping Routes and finish the task with direct instruction of Least Common Multiple and students aren't as afraid to include it in the title.