Sunday, May 4, 2014

New Blog Design, Math Conference, and a Freebie

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 

My blog recently went through a major makeover, and I am totally loving it. Courtney from Blogs Fit for a Queen is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! If you are considering a blog makeover or in need of a blog design, check out Blogs Fit for a Queen.

I recently attended the Wisconsin Math Conference in Green Lake, WI. What a wonderful opportunity to listen to some great speakers and network with some amazing people. My brain is overflowing with math. If you are looking for some online math games to reinforce and revisit math skills, check out Hooda Math. The games are free and there is no registration. Games span a wide range of topics from grades K - high school. Something for everyone!!

I also attended a session on Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI). It is not a curriculum, rather it is an approach to teaching math. When problem solving, it is important to encourage students to solve problems in a way that makes sense to them using the math tools they feel will be most helpful. Gone are the days of scripted methods for students. When using CGI, authentic problem solving scenarios can be created with children's literature and real world context. By varying the type of numbers used in problems, students' readiness levels can be addressed. Check out this website to learn more about Cognitively Guided Mathematics Instruction: Closing the Math Achievement Gap. There are some great CGI classroom videos on the site to see students thinking about math. Check out the Cookie Jar fraction problem here. Watch the first 1:45 minutes to see how a student solves the fraction problem without using an algorithm.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, check out this download you can find for free on my Facebook page. It will be posted from Monday, May 5, through Friday, May 9. Just go to my Facebook page, like the page, click the Fan Freebies tab, and download. This download has six different writing task cards with an ice cream theme. Who doesn't like ice cream?!?! Also you will find a Roll-a-Cube for Figurative Language that students can use to get their creative juices flowing while reviewing different types of figurative language. These activities can be used in a writing center or as a whole group activity where students can share their ideas with each other.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Differentiation Adds Up in the Math Classroom

Here is a copy of the PowerPoint from my session at the WMC 46th Annual Conference in Green Lake, WI. Feel free to explore the blog for some additional free downloads. If you have any further questions, feel free to message me.

Think Math!

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