The power of yet!

Posted on November 19, 2014. Filed under: Classroom environment | Tags: , , , , , |


Let us teach our students the power of yet!  This is excellent for k-3!  Catchy tune, incredible attitude building!

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Perseverance

Posted on November 12, 2014. Filed under: Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , |


I want to spend the next few posts talking about how we develop perseverance in our students.  It is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.  Teach them to stick with it.  Teach them to never give up.  Cultivate grit.  Foster a growth mindset.  Plaster it all over your classroom.  Show inspirational videos like this! This video is amazing and inspiring and something all our students need to know!

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

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Subtraction Strategies

Posted on September 22, 2014. Filed under: Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , |


Great ideas for teaching subtraction strategies in 2nd and 3rd grade.  The actual structure is good for all grades.  Notice how she frames the problems on the board, this is a great way to jumpstart mathematical conversations about strategies.

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Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Problem Solving in Action

Posted on November 18, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |


Here is a great video that shows how to scaffold problem solving! Notice the use of graphic organizers, math talk and public speaking.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Talking about Word Problems

Posted on January 23, 2013. Filed under: Common Core | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Here is a great upper elementary word problem resource! Explore some of them in whole group, some in guided math groups and put others in workstations for students to solve in groups, with partners and alone.

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Subitizing Part 3

Posted on January 18, 2013. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Guided math | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Subitizing (also known as quick images) is a very important routine for k/1 classrooms.  Here are some more great links about this!  This is a great routine to do in whole group as well as small guided math groups.  In small guided math groups you get to have more individual conversations and hear student thinking.

Links

Link 1

Link 2 (a variety of games)

Link 3 (great article)

Link 4 (powerpoints and more)

Informative Article

 

Be sure to check out my subitizing pinterest board as well!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Question of the day: Part I

Posted on January 16, 2013. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core | Tags: , , , , , |


 

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 1

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!)

Link 3

Link 4

*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 on Double Numberlines and Fractions

Posted on January 15, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Guided math, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Here are some examples of modeling subtraction of fractions with double numberlines.  Remember that with any model, teach it in the whole group, practice it in small guided math groups and math workstations.

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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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Multiplicative Comparison Problems

Posted on December 27, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Multiplicative Comparison type problems are explored in 4th and 5th grade.    Here are some great resources explaining these problem types.  There are several different types within the multiplicative comparison genre.  Remember that the research says that it is important for students to understand the type of problem they are solving rather than “key words.”

Resource 1 (Be sure to look at all the related resources at the bottom of the page)

Resource 2

Resource 3

Resource 4

Resource 5 – Math Video

Resource 6 – Math Video

Resource 7 – Math Video

Multiplicative Comparison Video!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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