Way back in the summer of 2016, my life was forever changed when I joined a grant through Texas Regional Collaboratives. UTMB in Galveston had a Grant taught by Valerie Blackburn and Jennifer Clayton.
So of course, I needed to create one for my class. This little gem was shared and it has snowballed on our campus! Yes, almost all levels of core math use it now.
The first one was a little more intense than I realized and lasted way longer than I planned BUT the results were well worth it! We spent 30 minutes in my Algebra 1 class doing the slope from tables one. I was able to get a lot of formative assessment and in the end ALL students completed and worked diligently on 6 critical problems.
This resulted in one of my favorite teaching moments of all time...
Student: 'What's the point of this?'
Me: **thinking quickly of a witty response** 'When you put it on your head, you are learning by osmosis." **secretly hoping they buy this**
Students: 'Oh my gosh, we are learning about that now in biology!! Cool!!'
Me: **thinking score cross-curricular vocabulary.**
I sent it to my principal laughing at the cross-curricular tie and it ended up going all though the district. I even had teachers telling me students were wearing it in the cafeteria. Later that year one student pulled it out and put it on during a test and when I asked him why, he said it made him feel smarter. #teachermoment
Now let me share how to create your very first headband! Any 6 problems will work and it is basically like a scavenger/mouse hunt. You place the answer to a different problem on the left of the headband and a problem in the middle. They solve the problem and connect/match it to the answer on a different piece forming a complete headband!
What I made a mistake of and was a reason the first time took so long was that you want to make all pieces connected like above. The first time I had each piece with a space between and those precision cutters took forever!
AND DO NOT make them in order either... or then you have to redo and mix them all up... I've already been there, done that!
Each student recieves one copy of the headband to cut and construct. I have a cut one projected on the board to show expectations. Sometimes I'll work one but most of the time I just demonstrate my expectations about connecting. They solve the problem and look for the answer on another piece them solve that problem until they are back to the first piece. Instant assessment for them which are my favorite kind of activities.
I also have all mine designed to fit on 1 page. Just as an FYI... these are great for those dark colored papers you might have that you can't really use for a WS.
AND don't worry, I've got templates for you as well as ALL my headbands shared below!
Another tip is to have students tape or staple them together so they can put them on right away. And they will likely need to overlap and measure as they go. I make them show work on the bands and just cover the answer or arrow. One kiddo ended up making a belt instead so they can be pretty big.
Here is what a couple of completed ones look like...
To store them, I just added a headband envelope in our notebook.
I'm not really sure how to say that I love these things! I love seeing seniors wear them and post on their social media. I even offer some credit for wearing them outside my class. Anything to have kids talk about math!
Get all resources here for FREE!!!
I have them both in Word and PDF as always! If you want my font, Janda Curly Girl, it is downloadable for free here! It's one of my favorites!!
Enjoy the rage!!