These were the questions that we used in EDCI352, and I found myself referring to them everytime I wrote a math lesson. Its a great list of questions that both test what the student know and their ability to extend their knowledge.
Inspired from a TpT product and a co-worker who uses the same method, I made my own version. I made each of my student's a copy and then we blew it up to poster size! We use this DAILY when solving Word Problems!
Anna Daley's insight:
I WANT TO MAKE THIS CHART! Such a great visual for students to use when completing a math problem on their own. If this chart is something that you refer to everytime that you complete a problem then you are establishing norms for exploration. I also like that it is a pencil becuase it provides a connection between math and writing. I want my students to be able to write our their explanations when necessary. They need to write to learn.
The Reading Nook is an online children's bookstore that offers parents and teachers recommended children's books. It also features suggested reading lists, authors, tips to develop readers, and inspiration for lesson plans.
Anna Daley's insight:
This is another bank of books that can be used to teach math, but I like that it has the books broken down by category. There are 17 different math concepts and a list of books that can be used for each concept. Definitely going to be using this sight when I start teaching math in the spring!
1. Cross curricular connections: Math can be incorporated into all subject areas. By creating these connections, not only will it solidify student learning, but help them start thinking in a mathematical way.
2. Discourse: This is the act of allowing students to talk to one another as well as with the teacher. The process of explaining their findings and asking questions. It's important for the teacher to be able to question student strategies, but even more important for studetns to question themselves and others.
3. The principal stated "socioeconomic status does not cap achievement." We so often believe our students aren't capable of something before they are given the opportunity to try.
To create a mathematical community of learners we really need to employ the open ended problem solving and give students the tools to explore the concepts and find solutions in their own ways.
Picture books are frequently requested by teachers and parents as a way to introduce children to mathematical concepts in a meaningful and applicable way. These books are recommended for children aged 4 8.
Anna Daley's insight:
A couple of weeks ago I was trying to find a childrens book to help me teach shape properties and I came across this wonderful website that has a list of childrens books that can be used for teaching mathematical concepts. It is a great resource for books relating to any topic that you you need to teaching in the classroom.
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Our geometry unit was very short and I only got to teach one lesson on it, but if I could go back I would have definitely used this book! I love that it includes each of the shapes and their properties, and then gives examples of how they are used everyday. This gives students that read world connection that they need for finding purpose for their learning and meeting common core standards.
I also like that this text has an audio version online so that students can also listen to it. This will help them with learning to read since they will be listening to the word while also seeing it.
Lastly, when I do this with my class in the future I would like to do the same activity that is mentioned on this blog. I would like for my students to find shapes in our classroom that way they create a personal connection to their learning.
This is a great way to connect with the questioning strategies that are being employed in the classroom. If you have this poster along with another poster that is titles "questions I still have" it would be a great way to assess what areas need to be revisited during the next lesson. It will also help the teacher develop new questions to ask the students to monitor their understanding of the content the second time around.
This also connects to the core teaching practice of allowing students to take charge of their learning.
I think this would be a great read aloud for my class. It's about a boy (who hates math) that has dreams where the "number devil" comes to visit him. The number devil helps him figure out how to do different types of math and makes him confident in mathematics at school. It may be a little bit advanced, as far as math concepts, for my students but it would be a great read aloud for them to gain a liking for math.
My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom.
Anna Daley's insight:
Talk moves are necessary in order to hold valuable math discussion in the classroom. This article gives five questions we should always be employing:
1. What do you think?
2. Why do you think that?
3. How do you know this?
4. Can you tell me more?
5. What questions do you still have?
I find that I always ask the first two but then I don't ever ask how the student knows what they know or if they can tell me anything else. If I began using those questioning techniques in the classroom I would be able to assess my students deeper understanding of the concepts.
Another great list of childrens books that can be used to teach math! I love that it's broken down into the different types of math. This will be a great, quick, resource for planning future math lessons.
This may be a little bit out of the knowledge range for my students, but I thought it could be a great way for students to learn about shapes. I like that the people in the book are named after academic language that the students will be hearing and that it is dealing with reasoning. I could end up in any grade next year, so maybe this will be one of the books that I use!
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