THE BENEFITS OF TEACHING LIKE A DUMMY

Saturday, September 19, 2015 / 3 comments

I had to laugh at myself today as I stood in my classroom facilitating a discussion.
Today's lesson was about missing addends and trying to make connections between different strategies and representations while trying to link addition to subtraction.

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Supporting All Learners In Mathematics...Even "Those Kids"

Saturday, September 5, 2015 / 2 comments

This year my school is piloting the MTSS model (multi-tiered system of support).  The short story of that is that my classroom is now a very inclusive classroom.  With that comes new challenges.  I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on the needs of my class and trying to find the best practices to best serve all students.  Last year, I started keeping a checklist where I would quickly note who "had it" and who needed extra support.  I would use that information to pull a small group right after the lesson, but it wasn’t as effective and purposeful as I would like.   I thought I might share my new plan (at least for this moment) with you just in case you are in the same or a similar situation.  I’m sure you may have some great ideas as well that could help me out so please share!  I am in the “work in progress” state right now.

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HOW TO GET KIDS TO SPEAK MATH EARLY IN THE YEAR... BUELLER?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 / 2 comments
So it's the beginning of the year.  I am always very excited to get a new school year started in my first grade classroom, but training new baby ducks on "how to speak math" takes time.  The first day of school I gave our first number talk.

  
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