How do you take a sprawling tome like Necessary Conditions and turn it into digestible, actionable bites? One way is to read it chapter by chapter vis-a-vis a study guide. Another is to comb through the Review section in each chapter and identify one thing to focus on for the next week. Another is with these cards.
I was inspired by a training I attended from the National Equity Project. They have these elegant Liberatory design cards that are a mix of content delivery and potential do-nows. I decided to make some for Necessary Conditions and try using them at some of my conference and PD sessions. For each of the three pillars of the book, I created a card set filled with concepts, follow-up resources, and do-nows.
I’ve gotten some pretty good response from my own facilitation and from those who’ve used them for their own PD. So I thought I’d make them available more widely, at cost. You can also check out some ideas on how to use these in professional development here: Card Set Facilitation Guide.
There are 36 cards, color, front-and-back, on heavy card stock. I use a local print company (Inkworks) as they’ve delivered beautiful looking and feeling cards at a lower cost than any print chains in a timely manner. Currently, there are 10 Academic Safety cards (Ch. 2 & 3), 15 Quality Task cards (Ch. 4 & 5), and 11 Effective Facilitation cards (Ch. 6 & 7).
They’re about $10 to print (all 36 cards) and $10 to ship as they don’t fit in an envelope. I’m still figuring out and testing ways to ship them more cheaply. In the likely event that I make an additional card set (probably on Chapter 10 Assessment), I’d mail those to the same address free of charge. Again, this is essentially at cost. The goal is to get actionable practices in the hands of teachers that will result in awesome math experiences for students.
If you’re interested in obtaining a set email or twitter DM me and let me know how many you’d like. Be sure to include a shipping address. I’d prefer to take money via my Venmo (@geoffkrall), but if Venmo isn’t your jam, we’ll figure something out.