Well this is cool. Teaching students math skills through real world contexts and spplications, I love it. It puts the students in chanrge of their own learning and progress and teaches them the meaning behind the methods. This is great for havig students set their own goals and monitor their own progress. I can definitely see myself doing this in my classroom.
I've gone to this blog a few times and I always get some great ideas for math anchor charts to put all around the room. I have already made two and my mentor loves them. I made one on my own and I made one with my students. I think that making it with the students is more meaningful and involves them in the thinking process. My mentor and I always remind our studnets that everything around the room is not for us, it's for them! It makes me happy to see them using the anchor charts and other resources around the room because I know they are taking charge of their own learning.
Oh, and its aligned with the Common Core. Perfect!
Hundreds of fun educational games and activities for kids to play online. Topics include math, geography, animals, and more.
Corinne Tomaszewski's insight:
My mentor teacher had me introduce our students to this website last week and they loved it! Lots of opportunities to explore addition, subrataction and math for any grade level. Games are always fun, but how can we use more hands-on/real world applications (games) related to math? My students have only been to the computer lab once to be introduced to the process and this software. We want them to be excited about the experience but also get as much learning from it as possible.
Ask a kiddo who has just written 2 + 3 = 5 if it's okay to write it 5 = 2 + 3 and you're likely to get an emphatic NO! Help students understand the meaning of the equal sign with this free hands-on activity.
Corinne Tomaszewski's insight:
Math Coachs Cornr is a great resource that my mentor introduced to me. It provides teachers with great ideas and print-outs for teaching students math at any grade level. I was asked to teach a lesson on making meaning of the equal sign earlier on in the year and this website gave me a lot of great ideas. However, I want to say that with all of these blogs and pinterest lnks I have learned to be careful. I like to run all of my ideas past my mentors and colleagues because they can add a lot of great insight as well. Having these printables is great ans easy but collaboration is key.
I think that this video shows a good introduction or activity on addition strategies, specifically using number lines. I also like the whole brain teaching approach. There are a lot of videos available on Youtube that demonstrate how students become engaged and cooperate as a class through these teaching strategies. I think that having the students 'mirror' and 'teach' their peers is an efective way of getting the studnets involved and helping their retention of the information. It is very much like "I do, we do, you do". I'm not sure that I would adopt all of the whole brain teaching pedagogical strategies, however, I definitely see myself using some of these methods for keeping my students engaged and participating. That is the first step to helping them learn.
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