Friday, April 19, 2019

Look what's NEW at Global Math Task!

Beverly and I have been working on some NEW updates for our fifth year connecting classes and teachers to share the learning in the Global Math Task Twitter Challenge...

We'll be spreading the connections from Twitter to include: Facebook and Instagram!
So we felt like a new name with the same hashtag would be appropriate...

Enter the new look on this blog! We've also given our Facebook page and our Twitter page an updated look as well!

Be on the look out for some new ways to connect using a Facebook Group as well as Instagram!

We're hard at work on creating a spreadsheet for sign ups to make connections and share tasks on social media for the 2019-20 school year!

We've got some webinars and podcast shows lined up to share the goodness! 
If you've ever connected with us before, we'd love to have you join us for the new year!

Stay tuned!
We're looking forward to connecting with you soon!

Enjoy your day!
Heidi and Beverly

PS...we're still connecting with Twitter shares through the end of this year! Just look for the hashtag #gmttc...see you there!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What IS #gmttc and How do I Particiate?

It's a NEW year for making Connections!

Welcome to 2018-2019 Global Math Task Twitter Challenge! 
We're excited to start a new adventure dedicated to connecting 
classrooms and students to share the learning!

Break down the walls of your classroom and
connect your students to share the learning!

Spreadsheet Sign Up HERE

Dear Gmttc (past and present),

Happy summer! Thanks to all of you Global Math Task is beginning its 4th year of connecting over 3,000 classes around the global to share the learning with math tasks!

We have some exciting updates for the Global Math Task Twitter Challenge this year that we wanted to share with you.

We are no longer requiring classes to sign up to tweet task. We want you to tweet tasks when it it feasible for you.

We have set up a spreadsheet for you to sign up by grade level (1st-8th grade) to build connections and collaborate with others across the globe.

When Heidi and I (Beverly) first started on this journey, we collaborated on skills our students were studying and struggling with at the time. Our classes alternated tweeting so we knew which days/weeks what class was doing what. This made it easier to know what to expect and helped us plan tasks and solutions. The students always looked forward to tweeting or getting that reply to their math task by tweet.

It was through our class collaborations that our students formed a connection with each other. Sharing math tasks became a meaningful way to share strategies for our students. We want the same collaboration opportunities for you and your students.

The spreadsheet for you to sign up is here:  

By signing up in the spreadsheet we hope you are able to make connections, collaborate and see your students grow in the ability to complete math tasks. We have seen our own students grow in their practice of ‘critiquing the reasoning of others’ as we participated in the different challenges throughout the years.

We are now on Seesaw! We have a “student” setup for each grade level to connect and post math tasks as well as solutions. There are folders for each strand of the math standards to help in your search for tasks. There is even a student set up for solutions for GMTTC24! Check out our Seesaw Global Math Task Class by scanning this Seesaw Class Code:

Lastly, just because we are edtech junkies (and believe in student engagement), we are on Flipgrid! We love putting their learning in the hands of students. We would love to hear your students voice how they found the solutions as well.

There are many ways your class can connect to share the learning this year. Remember mystery number skypes, padlets and Twitter polls are all ways to connect as well. We will be posting ways to connect on twitter throughout the year as well. Look for the #gmttc24 numbers to be tweeted each week! We hope you’ll share back solutions with us.

When you post something make sure to tag @globalmathtask and #gmttc so we can see it and share it. Don’t forget to add the grade level to your #gmttc hashtag so that teachers can find your task as they search using the Twitter search bar.

One more thing, if you haven’t already make sure to sign up for our Remind Class (@gmathc) to receive important announcements and reminders. Here’s the link to join:

Be sure to hop over to the blog and check out resources and ideas shared there as well!

Thanks to all of you for making @globalmathtask so special for students around the world! It’s going to be another amazing year. Let Heidi or I (Beverly) know if you need anything!

We are always open to ideas and feedback. If you have any questions or need help in any way, please contact Beverly Ladd (@BevLadd) or Heidi Samuelson (@swampfrogfirst). We’ll be happy to help you as much as we can.

#gmttc Badges and Headers for Twitter

Snag a Badge or Header for your Class Twitter Account to let others know you're a 
Global Math Task Twitter Challenge Participant.

Click HERE for access to the google drive folder with the different badge options.

Download a header image and edit your Twitter headers 
by uploading the new image in your settings.

After you download the Header Image you on edit profile.
Then upload the new photo to your "change your header photo" section.
Click apply and save changes.

You can also add a badge to your Twitter profile picture.
Just download the badge you want to add to you picture.
Add it to your profile picture in google draw or power point.
Save your new picture as a jpeg.
And edit your profile to add your new picture.

We look forward to learning from our 
#gmttc efriends in 2017!

Sign up to tweet out tasks for January - May 
The new spreadsheet is available HERE.

Thanks for all you do!
Beverly and Heidi

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gearing up for a New Year of Sharing with #GMTTC

Are you a connected educator?

Do you enjoy connecting your students to share in the learning?

Then have we got a challenge for you!

The Global Math Task Twitter Challenge (@globalmathtask) is entering it's second full year of sharing! We'd love to have you join in the fun and connect with us!

We are looking for students/homeschoolers/classes/teachers of all ages, all over the world, to participate in this year’s Global Math Task Twitter Challenge starting in the fall of 2016.
If you follow Beverly Ladd (@bevery_ladd) or Heidi Samuelson (@swampfrogkids) on Twitter, you might have seen us tweeting math problems and tasks for other classes to answer. We want to expand on our experiences and share them with you! We think we've created a fantastic way for teachers all over the globe to connect and do the same through @globalmathtask.
You can join in the challenge at any time! Just follow the hashtag for your grade(age) level and respond to tasks being shared out. For instance if you want to look at the tasks being shared by fourth graders, search the hashtag #gmttc4. Find a task you’d like your students to solve. Then share out your solution using the same hashtag so that others can comment and connect to share their thoughts as well.

We Need/ LOVE to have classes/teachers sign up for a week to tweet tasks during the 2016-17 school year. It’s easy to do and we promise to help as much as we can to make your tweets and challenges as successful as they can be! Just sign up for a week (or two or three) to dedicate your time/students/classes to sharing tasks of the math skills you're working on during that week.

You can share tasks as a picture, words, GIFs, videos, (either generated by you or your students) or knock our socks off and come up with something unique to share the task!

What you’ll need: a personal or class Twitter Account and a device to share your tweets with the world. Make sure to follow the appropriate hashtag for your grade(age) level because questions could be posted at anytime from anywhere around the world.
Also be sure to follow @globlamathtask on Twitter for updates and shares throughout the year.

When you tweet a math task, be sure to include the hashtag. If you tag @globalmathtask in your tweet,  we can retweet your task to help you share your learning with other classes.

We understand that some countries have different conversions and systems when it comes to money and measurement. If you chose to tweet measurement problems, please be aware that not all countries will be able to participate or it can be taken as an additional challenge to teach your students to convert them.

We’ll start the challenge at the beginning of September 2016 and go until the beginning of May 2017. Be brave! Sign up for a week or two now. We’ll send a reminder email (and text) before your week to give you time to prepare for your tweeting of the tasks!

Click HERE to sign up on the spreadsheet to share
your very own math tasks with other classes!

We’re also starting a NEW challenge this year: #gmttc24!
If you’ve ever played the card game 24, you know the premise
…four numbers will be tweeted out at the beginning of the week with the hashtag #gmttc24.
The challenge will be to come up with as many ways as you possibly can to use all of the numbers to create the number 24. You can add, multiply, subtract, and divide.
The goal for the challenge will be to have classes use the week's numbers to come up with
(and share out on twitter)
as many different number combinations to create the number 24.
One class would be in charge of keeping track of the different solutions to see which week has the most different combinations. This will be great practice for students around the world to share their thinking as they share the different solution combinations!

Lastly, if you would like to receive RemindHQ notifications about the Global Math Task Twitter Challenge please follow these steps.
To receive messages via text, text @gmathc to 81010.
You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @gmathc'.
Trouble using 81010? Try texting @gmathc to (917) 746-0412 instead.
Or to receive messages via email, send an email to
To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.

Please contact Beverly, @bevladd ,or Heidi, @swampfrogfirst, if you have any questions.
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

#gmttc + Writing Challenge

We're putting out a ‪#‎gmttc‬ + Writing challenge to all the wonderful classes
 that have participated and shared the learning this year! 
We'd LOVE to see the #gmttc twitter feed "blow up" with 
students' thoughts about participating in the 
Global Math Task Twitter Challenge this year. 
You can download a free template to help your students 
compose their tweets here:

Thanks for joining us on this journey! 
We hope to see you next year as we take the challenge 
to connect our students to share the learning with math tasks again!
Beverly & Heidi

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Math Awareness Month Article for TenMarks

Originally posted on on 4/10/2016

Math Awareness Month
Beyond the Standards

by Beverly Ladd, 2nd Grade Teacher, NC and Heidi Samuelson, 4th Grade Teacher, TN

            Did you know April is Mathematics Awareness Month? The goal of Mathematics Awareness Month is to increase appreciation and understanding of math. As we reflect on math during this time, we are struck by one particular aspect of the subject: Getting the right answer is not always what math is about. More than the right answer is the journey students embark on as they strive to learn a new skill or solve a task. The importance of math goes beyond the day-to-day standards that we teach. Often, the most important part of math is what is not written on a lesson plan at all. Often, the important part of math is in the connections, communications, and commitment to work toward a goal.
           As teachers, we strive for students not only to get the right answers, but also to develop a growth mindset when they make a mistake. Helping a child internalize that making mistakes is part of learning gives them the opportunity to understand that the mistakes they make are proof of learning. Creating this growth mindset in our students is vital to helping them become better learners, as well as developing a sense of determination.
Empathy and Respect
          Students who work together in a collaborative learning environment gain social and emotional skills that are priceless and will allow them to be used in careers that haven’t been created or thought of yet. These are skills they will use not only in their everyday lives, but also as they work in other skill subject areas.
Often, a student working with a student that has the wrong answer will instill empathy because they have the opportunity to guide and teach the struggling student on how to get the right answer.
Students can also learn with others beyond the walls of the classroom. This builds empathy as they learn to appreciate cultural differences while developing math skills and seeing life from a different viewpoint. Breaking down classroom walls to initiate student collaboration and learning can happen in a variety of methods: Skype, students tweeting from a Twitter classroom account to participate in the Global Math Task Twitter Challenge (@globalmathtask) or in a collaborative online document. The method and frequency can vary, depending on the comfort level of the teacher and the technology resources available, but learning outside the classroom walls is beneficial for all involved!
Critical Thinking
           Learning with other students in a collaborative learning environment allows students to carry their math conversations and observations outside the structured “math lesson,” granting math talk to be blended throughout the day. More connections and deeper relationships are discovered, which helps students respond to the mathematical thinking of others, not just in their classroom, but also globally. Critical thinking is continually developed as students look deeper at the different ways in which students from across the globe are solving and sharing math tasks.
          In order for students to develop reasoning skills, students need multiple opportunities to practice communicating in math. Challenging students to use both written and verbal methods of communication gives them more opportunities to justify answers. Many times, students gain another viewpoint or method on how to solve a task while listening to other students justify answers to show their thinking. Students must learn to use appropriate vocabulary terms when explaining their thinking. Solutions must be presented in a clear “voice” when sharing with a global audience. This helps everyone develop better communication skills and become more confident mathematicians, not only today, but also years from now when they are no longer in a classroom.
          Developing lifelong learners is a goal that every teacher dreams about. We want the students in our classroom to build their own curiosity and interests through discussions, lessons, and activities they have experienced while with us. Using math to spark the imagination and help mold the developing skills of our students, teachers strive to help our students leave our classrooms with more than just what was written in our daily lesson plan book. Let’s endeavor to spark curiosity and desire in our students towards collaborating, communicating, and respecting others even though they may look and talk differently. Allowing collaborative learning environments can potently change the way our students learn to develop necessary skills, like respect and empathy for others. Let’s inspire our students to treasure the differences that make us unique, as well as to help them see how math can be a common factor for all of us during Math Awareness Month, and always!

Click Here to read the whole article on TenMarks.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

How Are You Connecting? #gmttc

How are you connecting your students to share the learning?

Are you a #gmttc participant? 
Snag the image above to put on your social media page 
or blog!

We'd love to know more 
about how you're connecting 
your students to 
share the learning 
beyond the walls of your classroom! 

Do you use padlets? 
Click on this one and add in your answer to the task in the black at the top of the chalkboard style background. We'd love more interaction on how you might solve this task!

Are you videoing and sharing on youtube?

Do you create images with your Students to send out tasks?

Are you using google slides?
Click on the slide below or HERE 
to add your own slide to share the learning

Please share how you connect! 
We'd love to learn more ways!