Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Week of November 13th

This word cloud was created with Mentimeter.com. Each word grew according to the number of people who had the same idea.  For example, EVERYWHERE is the largest word, so that means that most of the people chose that word as a way to complete the statement: Math is_________.  Problem Solving, Thinking and Fun are the next most popular ways to complete the statement and so on and so forth.  Visit the link to see how you can use this tool in your classroom! The first 5 slides are free!

Watch this video from the Global Math project that asked several folks to complete this statement with one word.  MATH IS________.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week of November 6th

Wellness and Math connection!  
Heather Zachau; 5th grade teacher at Mast Landing, recently shared some yoga poses; which made me think of a connection to telling time; which several teachers have mentioned this as a lagging skill for many children; particularly on a traditional, non-digital clock. Combining these  eye movements and language commonly used by adults with time telling, can help students gain experiences with key time telling vocabulary and have the added benefit of resetting their focus. 
You might find time to do this during snack, as a brain break during an academic block, or during morning meeting or closing circle. You could also use a pointer to support students who may not be automatic with right, left yet etc. Some teachers have even used sticky notes or dry erase markers to label the clock in their room with words like Half past or quarter past etc.  
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Take any seated or standing position. Imagine a numbered clock hanging in front of your face. Try to keep your head still and move only your eyes. Do each exercise 3-6 times.
  • Look up to 12 o’clock. Down to 6 o’clock. Reverse.
  • Look right to 3 o’clock and left to 9 o’clock. Reverse.
  • Look diagonally from 1 o’clock to 7 o’clock. Reverse.
  • Look diagonally from 11 o’clock to 5 o’clock. Reverse.
  • Other variations to try include: 
  •  Look down to "half past 12."
  •  Look left to "quarter of" 12. 
  • Look right to "quarter past" 2
  • Look up to noon
  • Look up to midnight
Between each direction give your eyes a rest. Rub your hands together to create friction until they feel hot. Keeping your fingers together so no light penetrates, place your hands over your eyes (open or closed) to soothe them and allow them to soak up the heat. Open your relaxed eyes and continue.

Now make complete eye circles: Begin clockwise at 12 o’clock and look at each number around the face of the clock. Return to 12. Look counterclockwise from 12 and back. Palm the eyes and relax. Repeat.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Week of October 23rd

Most of you are in the midst of parent conference time and it's likely that fact fluency is a topic broached by you or parents during your conversations. This article, Learning Multiplication Tables by 4th Grade,  was originally shared by Will Pidden at a DCS staff meeting. Molly Leding, 4th grade teacher at DCS, recently shared it with me as she sent it home with parents and explained how she used it to help them understand the development of fact fluency in multiplication and some of the pitfalls of jumping to flashcards or wrote memorization too quickly. 

Lisa Demick also adds that Gina Kling, author of the math facts article, was a substantial contributor to EM4's math fact work-especially the work with quick look cards.  The VLC includes many examples of her doing this work in classrooms.  Here are some to explore:  
-Making 10
-Quick Look near doubles +1 or +2
-Counting Up
-Identifying Doubles Facts as #Facts

Whether you are working with students on developing fact fluency with addition/subtraction facts or multiplication and division, it's a great reminder of the power of multiple paths to fluency and supporting students as they progress through the different stages of development along the way. 

Comic Relief
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This video is a must watch when you feel like your math lesson bombed or you are completely exhausted after a long day at work! 

Week of October 2nd

News: Thank you to everyone for your flexibility in helping the folks from the Chicago Everyday Math team feel welcome and get their eyes on math instruction in our buildings. I had an opportunity to meet with them and look forward to their input on developing the next steps for math professional development here in RSU5 The virtual learning community has already begun to feature some tools for differentiation support; which is a common request from many of you.
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Those of you who do Morning Meeting as part of your Responsive Classroom might like to borrow this new resource I have. Just send me an email. 
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Week of September 26th

: Many of you are working on helping kids understand place value and a variety of operations right now. This video is good for more than just a few laughs! Do you see any potential in sharing this with students? 
7 x 13 = 28, right???

Week of September 18th

TIP FOR THE WEEK: Looking for some apps to help support your instruction?
They include a two player game called MATH DUEL where two kids can play against each other on one iPad. Also some great 10 frame practice apps that fit well with many primary lesson goals right now. 

Monday, September 11, 2017


HURRY...videos are only available to watch free of charge until October 4th!

K-2 Teachers...FREE Online Number Sense Training for PreK-2nd grade! REGISTER HERE

VIDEO #2:  4 Number Relationships that help move kids past counting on their fingers

VIDEO #3 Coming Soon Implementing Number Sense in an already jam-packed day
VIDEO #4 Coming Soon Next Steps: Where to go to learn more

3-6 Teachers...FREE Online Fraction Progression Training for 3rd through 6th grades! REGISTER HERE

VIDEO #2 Exploring Understanding through Meaningful Tasks

VIDEO #3 Coming soon Harnessing the Power of Student Work 

VIDEO #4 Coming Soon Making Connections and Looking Forward

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