Personalizing Word Problems

Posted on April 21, 2016. Filed under: Problem Solving | Tags: , , , |


Many researchers have looked deeply at the impact of personalization of word problems on student achievement. Bailey notes that students “don’t care how many apples Bob gave to Suzy. They’re much more interested in things like music, video games, movies, trading cards, money, and friends” (Bailey, 2002, p. 61). Giordano (1990) maintains that, “student fascination with problems can be enhanced when names, locations, and events are changed to personal referents” (p. 25). Researchers agree that student motivation and interest increases engagement with the work (Fairbairn, 1993, Hart, 1996). It is important that these problems be rooted in students’ real lives (Ensign, 1997).

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

See Article (copy and paste url)

http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ848502.pdf

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4 Must Have Math Workstations: # 3 The Digital Workstation

Posted on July 30, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Math Workstations, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , |


July 30, 2013

The students that we teach are known as “Digital Natives” by Prensky (2001). We on the other hand, are referred to as the “Immigrants.” They were born in the 21st century.  We were born in the 20th century.  We teach the way we learned.  So, many of us are still using 20th century ways to teach in the 21st century.  I am not suggesting that we throw out all of those ways.  But, WE MUST add to them.  We must expand our own repertoires of teaching.  We must learn some new ways.  We must step into the 21st century.

I had the honor of working with Heidi Hayes Jacobs for years at Columbia during the summers. She would always tell teachers to upgrade just 1 thing in their classrooms-  Just 1.  I think that works.  That way, we don’t become overwhelmed and and simultaneously we don’t underwhelm our students with our teaching.  Learn just 1 new thing that reflects that we live, learn and teach in the 21st century.

Here are 5 great sites to get you started!

#1: Have the students watch or make a glog: (check out the glogopedia to get ideas)

#2: Have the students watch or make an animoto as a hook into a lesson.

#3: Play games on Math PlaygroundCyberchase, BBC, Johnnie’s Homepage,Harvey’s HomepageMath Play

#4: Use virtual manipulatives (NLVMGlencoeMath Playground)

#5: Show education video clips to teach a concept (teacher tubeschool tubelearn zillionMath Playground) 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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TEACHING KIDS TO LOVE MATH

Posted on February 27, 2013. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core | Tags: , , , , , |


“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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1 is not prime! Watch those number rhymes…

Posted on January 20, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Elementary math, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , |


1 is an odd number but it is not prime!

Here is a great poster  that addresses the misconception!

Resource 1

Resource 2

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Math Vocabulary Quiz!

Posted on January 8, 2013. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , , |


 

How’s your math vocabulary? Take this quick quiz to find out.

Describe it and draw an example in 3 seconds….

  • Minuend
  • Subtrahend
  • Multiplicand
  • Multiplier
  • Mean
  • Mode
  • Median
  • Divisor
  • Quotient
  • Vinculum

Do you speak math or do you use everyday words instead?

Use your digital resources to find the answers to ones you don’t know (mathematical practice 5)!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Ideas about the Multiplication Progression

Posted on December 20, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core | Tags: , , , , |


I love this idea of a Passport to Multiplication 1 & Passport to Multiplication 2! It’s brilliant!  Play with it and come up with something that works for your students!  Here are some other great resources that talk about the journey through this land.

Another great Resource .

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Fractions in Math Workstations and Guided Math Groups

Posted on November 28, 2012. Filed under: Common Core | Tags: , , , |


Here are some great resources to guide your work in Guided Math Groups.

Resource 1 (MUST READ RESOURCE)

Resource 2

Bonus Resource (fraction spinner)

*Also remember to look at my Fraction Pinterest Board!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Sports Math Games: Do in Guided Math Groups and Math Centers

Posted on November 6, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Elementary math, Guided math, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


These games are a good hook to get students to practice the basic facts through engaging activities.

Football Math

Baseball Math

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Great Elementary Algebra Packet: Use activities in Guided Math Groups and Math Centers

Posted on October 31, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core | Tags: , , , , , , , |


I just found a great resource for thinking about teaching algebraic thinking in elementary grades!  I would do some of these in guided math groups and set some up as centers.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Ten Frame Spinners! Great Guided Math Activities and Math Workstation Ideas

Posted on October 11, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Get your ten frame spinners here!  (ok, the link is here now!)

You could play any of these games in guided math groups or in math workstations:

1)How many?

2) How many to make ten?

3)Spin 2 spinners and add them together.

4) Subtract Spinner Number from 10 or 20

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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