It's time for October's "Loved That Lesson" linky and this month I am sharing a lesson we did last week that I am hoping is going to make a huge difference ALL year with my students! This lesson started in my mind a few weeks ago when I realized just HOW much work we need to do with organizing our math work, working precisely, labeling our work, and so on. I spent some time with my ... Read the Post
Thursday Thoughts: Better Math Instruction and more!
Good morning! Ready to talk about math? I just thought I'd do a quick post this morning to share out some of the knowledge from the all day conference I attended yesterday with Tim Kanold. If you aren't familiar with his work, he is the "PLC" guy--and really has a math focus. He is a great presenter and the day was very enjoyable. I didn't hear a ton new since we have ... Read the Post
Monday Made It: Organization and Inspiration!
It's "Monday Made It" again and I have just a few little projects to share! It was a busy busy week at school, so I am just SO thankful to be finished! I am exhausted! Thanks to Fourth Grade Frolics, as always, for the link up! So...to get things started, even though I really haven't had time to decompress about THIS school year, I thought I better get a system in place for ... Read the Post
Thinking Strategies in Math
A book that I got last year and read and loved has been pulled out again for a reread...I am not sure if I blogged about it last year, but if I didn't--I should have. This book is a must read for anyone trying to break away from their whole-class math instruction and looking for ways to move to a more workshop approach. Now that I have my workshop up and running a little, I figure it's a ... Read the Post
Number sense with fractions–critiquing the reasoning of others!
For those of you who have followed my blog for a long time, you might have ridden along with me on my journey through my month-long exploration on fractions last year. This year we a new math series, and I am needing to use it as my main resource. That being said, I have taught this age group for long enough that I feel I know a lot of the right questions to ask to really get at the kind of ... Read the Post
Hello everyone! It's "Day 2" of the weekend, and I worked ALL DAY yesterday on cool stuff for the blog! Next week at this time I think you are going to have some fun with my blog posts! Today is report card day, so I am going to gather myself some snacks, caffeine, pain relievers, and a positive attitude--my goal is to get half of the standards done today. I have my lovely data ... Read the Post
Starting to Get in the Math Zone
I'm not going to lie. I am tired. I'm going to sum things up by simply stating . . . We have room to grow. At this time of the year when we are frantically trying to get to know our students, establish routines, build relationships with families, learn our new curriculum, assess, and more--it is easy to let ourselves get overwhelmed. I cannot lie. I am there. ... Read the Post