## Flourishing in Math

A community is a place where social bonds are established and individuals can flourish (Bredekamp and Rosegrant 1992, 81).

I love this!  What does it look like when everyone in our classroom is flourishing?  How do we strive for that as educators?

P.S. As quite as it’s kept….everyone can flourish….it depends on the perseverance of the teacher!

P.S.S. (of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, esp. as the result of a particularly favorable environment.

Wow!—-what a difference a classroom environment can make…a favorable environment helps students to flourish…to thrive…to soar…

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Building a Community of Thinking Mathematicians

A community is a place where individuals share common values, goals, and activities (Bredekamp and Rosegrant 1992, 81).

Building a collaborative community of thinking mathematicians is one of the most important things that you do the first few weeks of school.  It is then that children learn messages about who counts, who doesn’t (even though everybody should), how to talk, treat each other, how to persevere or quit, how to learn or not learn.

How are you setting up your mathematical community?  What are the common values?  How are these established?  What are the common goals?  How are these established?  What math rituals and routines do you do that reinforce these?

Here are some thoughts about teaching values, goals and routines  in math class:

Values: Perseverance counts…we stick with stuff until we get it… we get it at different times… we don’t rush each other… we respect the need to think…we value talk….we learn together….

Goals:  We set them …we state them….we track them……we strive to think about things in many ways… (we also value it)…

Routines: We do things like number talks and number of the day and fraction of the day and decimal of the day and calendar math because it reflects our values (we hang out with numbers…we get on friendly terms with them throughout the day, week and year…we value numeracy) and it helps us to meet our goals.

Happy Mathing and Have a Great School Year,

Dr. Nicki

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## Guided Math Videos: Part 2

Here is a very interesting guided math video.  Look at the student desks and the guided math group table! Wow!  These are really great!  I haven’t seen these before.

Also, notice the variety of ways this teacher uses technology. You don’t have to use the programs he names, there are plenty of free programs.  The idea of using technology for math workshop in all of these different ways is fascinating and shows how engaged and targeted digital workstation practice can be.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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# “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“If you want to teach children to love math, don’t drill them to death with decontextualized skills, don’t give them hundreds of point less word problems, but rather give them interesting projects where they need to use math.”

Dr. Nicki

HAPPY MATHING!

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## Question of the day: Part I

This is a great routine for students to do.  It helps them to collect data that makes sense.  It is about their lives and it gives them the opportunity to discuss their lives and to learn how to collect, organize and discuss data.  Here are some classroom examples.  Collecting data ties into the measurement and data standards of the ccss math.

This is a great routine to do in the morning because you can do it as one form of taking attendance.

Link 2 (Note all the different ways to collect it and organize it!  You should change up often so children see different formats.

(I have a pinterest board with great links…Check it out!)

*This could also be an activity that students do in a workstation.  You could discuss it in small guided math groups as well.  The focus should be on getting students to talk about the numbers using words like more than, less than, the same as.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## More Great CCSS Math Videos

These are great to look at as a grade team so there is a shared vision!  You could do these lessons as a whole class or in guided math groups.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Great CCSS Math Videos

Here are some great annotated ccss math videos!  These are great to use in PLC’s and common planning meetings!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## More Great Math Anchor Charts!

I am so excited!  I just can’t hide it…. Come on come on come on look at these posters!  These are great anchor charts to hang up to teach math content.  Math Anchor charts are a great visual scaffold and can be a reference for students as they are working in guided math groups and math centers!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Great Grade Level Mathematical Practice Posters

The Jordan School District Mathematical Posters have been redesigned for specific grade levels!  Kowabunga (I’m sorry, sometimes the California in me just comes out!)  Be sure to scroll through all of them because they are differentiated by grade level– each practice.

K-1

2-3

4-5

The Originals

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Dr. Nicki

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## More Number Sense Routines

Here is a great information packet by Stenhouse on Number Sense Routines!  It is well worth the read!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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