By Connie Rivera

​Some videos are a good support to classroom instruction, but I don’t need to take class time for students to passively watch them. Typically, I put these videos up on our class Weebly site and reference them as homework – either before or after the lesson.

Where do I find good YouTube videos? Surprisingly, not by searching on YouTube! I read blogs (such as MindShift) that come to me through my selections on BlogLovin’ and I read my LINCS Community digest emails. My friends in the K-12 world and other colleagues know my interests and share good ideas they come across. When I find a good video from one of those sources, I check to see what else that YouTuber has created. If I like what I see, I subscribe to their channel. I have learned that, besides alerting me to new creations posted on those channels, my email notices will make valuable suggestions that are more tailored to me than the suggestions that pop up on the right when a video is on.

Here are worthwhile videos that have led me to more videos:

  • This humorous animation of dates who talk too much or too little leads to a series of Bad Dates as well as a better understanding of the concept of a ratio. It may have students walking around repeating, “Can’t trust fish.” What a great way to build classroom culture! (MathSnacks.org)
  • This parody song, Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration, brings out ideas about the Declaration of Independence. (Soomo Publishing)
  • I use this video with a unit about understanding how the properties of operations, rather than a mysterious Aunt Sally who needs Excusing, are what is behind the order in which we perform operations in a series. The Order of Operations is Wrong (Minute Physics)
  • One is One or Is It? is a video that explores units and the different meanings that the number one can have. (TED Ed)
  • The way that I teach math is different than the “follow the steps” approach that I was taught with and different from the way many of my students learned math. I tell my class that a little learning every day can go a long way, and once you’re getting it, you’ll never want to go back to a ‘regular bicycle.’ We’re never too old for our brain to learn new ‘tricks.’  Backwards Brain Bicycle (Smarter Every Day)
What are your favorite YouTube Channels? Share them in the comments!

Connie Rivera is a teacher of adult basic skills and high school equivalency preparation. She is also a math consultant, providing math strategies and support to programs implementing the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education. Connie is currently the President Elect of the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN), the adult affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

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