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5 Tips For Using Toothy in a Virtual or F2F Setting

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Written by: Krys Warstillo

We are in the middle of a crazy time in teaching. Some teachers have been teaching face-to-face all year and some are still distance learning – while others have bounced between the two all year or are teaching a mixture of students. Whew! No matter HOW you’re teaching, these five tips for using Toothy in any setting will help make things a little easier. During this school year, it’s especially important to find ways to work smarter, not harder. 

5 tips for using Toothy in a virtual or face to face setting

The power of Toothy lies in its versatility. If you are already versed in how Toothy works then the transition between physical and digital versions is pretty easy. If you are new to Toothy check out these posts to get you started.

Using Toothy in a Digital Setting

Teaching digitally is another world! One that, prior to this school year, many of us had only dipped our toes into. If this school year has taught us anything, it’s that flexibility is key! Being able to transition physical lessons into a digital portal is so important. So, let’s start with three ways to use Toothy in a digital setting. 

Toothy Tip #1: 1, 2, 3, Show Me

  • Teacher materials: printable toothy cards, a document camera (optional) or digital toothy task cards
  • Student materials: whiteboard & marker or paper & pencil, Toothy mat

This method works during synchronous Zoom or Google Meet lessons with your students. As the teacher, you will stream the Toothy task cards to your students. You can do this in two different ways. One way is to project the cards on the Zoom or Google Meet screen using your document camera. If you don’t have a document camera you can simply hold the card up to the camera. Another way is to project the digital versions of the task cards on the screen.

Easily use digital Toothy for Zoom or Google Meet lessons.

Once the cards are on the screen, your students will then write down their answers and put the board or paper face down in their learning space. When your students have been given time to answer say, “1, 2, 3, show me!” and they will all show their answers to the camera. The students who have the correct answer get to put a tooth in Toothy’s mouth. 

Toothy Tip #2: Assign Independently 

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  • Teacher materials: digital toothy task cards, learning platform of your choice
  • Student materials: device (laptop, tablet, etc.)  

Another way to use Toothy in a virtual setting is to simply assign the task cards to your students for independent work. Digital Toothy is compatible with Google Classroom, Seesaw, Schoology, Canvas, or can be sent as a direct link. Students won’t work on this during live Zoom or Google calls. Instead, students will work through the cards at their own pace. If Digital Toothy is new to you, take a look at our FAQ here

This method is an option for teachers who teach in districts where the devices for students are provided or it can be used as optional work for families who as asking for more at-home content and have their own devices. 

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Using Toothy in a Face To Face Setting

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Before talking about ways to use Toothy in a face-to-face setting, it’s important to remember that every school district has different safety guidelines. Please, keep the requirements of your own district in mind when reading through these tips. 

Toothy Tip #3: Solve the Room 

  • Teacher materials: printable Toothy cards and tape
  • Student materials: clipboard, Toothy answer sheet, pencil, Toothy mat

The traditional Toothy method where students share sets of cards at a math center isn’t an option for many teachers. This is a bummer for teachers who have already prepped their Toothy sets. One way to continue using the sets you’ve already made (or the new sets you’re going to make) is to tape the task cards to the walls of your room. Your students will use their clipboards with answer sheets and space themselves out evenly around the room. Next, students will rotate around the room solving one card. To maintain social distancing, students will rotate as a whole with your guidance. Students can give you a thumbs-up whenever they finish their problem to let you know when they are all ready to rotate.

Typically, Toothy cards are self-checking. Students would normally flip the card over to check their answers. For health and safety purposes, this part can be skipped. After students have answered all the questions you can send students back to their seats and go through the answers as a group. Students give Toothy a tooth for every correct answer.

Toothy Tip #4: Assign Independently 

  • Teacher materials: digital toothy task cards
  • Student materials: device (laptop, tablet, etc.)

This method is similar to Toothy Tip #2. Students are assigned the Digital Toothy task cards through the learning platform your students use. Students sit in their own spaces and maintain their distancing while working through their task cards. Also, students can work at their own pace while still getting instant feedback about their answers. There’s also the added incentive of watching Toothy’s tooth fly into his mouth when they’re correct!

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Toothy Tip #5: Whole Group Instruction

  • Teacher materials: digital toothy task cards, smartboard or computer connected to a projector
  • Student materials: whiteboard & marker or paper & pencil, Toothy mat

The final Toothy tip is to use the cards for whole group practice. Students will work in their own spaces to maintain social distancing. Toothy cards will be projected for the whole class to see using a smartboard or a computer connected to a projector and a white surface. If you are using a computer with a document camera you can place your printable Toothy cards under the camera and use those. Otherwise, use Digital Toothy cards. 

Once you are ready to begin, show one card at a time and ask kids to write down their answers on a personal whiteboard, or piece of paper, and keep it face down on their desks. Tell students to give you a thumbs up when they’re done. Again, say, “1, 2, 3, show me.” Students will raise their boards to show their answers. They can give Toothy a new tooth for every correct answer. Depending on your school’s guidelines, you can ask a student to tap the correct answer on the projected card to see the tooth fly into Toothy’s mouth. You’ll need to be using Digital Toothy task cards for this to be an option. 

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