Math Workshop

Posted on November 17, 2015. Filed under: Classroom environment | Tags: , , |


Here is Chapter 8!

 

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Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Here is another great site for math fact fluency!

Posted on December 5, 2013. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Common Math Errors, Differentiated Instruction, Math Centers, Math Workstations | Tags: , , , , , , , |


It is free!  It is printable!  It is also informative!  Check it out!

Paper and Pencil Assessments…

Online Assessments….

Remember that automaticity is only one element of fact fluency! Don’t forget about flexibility and efficiency.

Happy Mathing!

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Here is a great math workstation planning booklet!

Posted on December 2, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Math Workstations | Tags: |


One of the most important things about math workstations is the organization!  This determines whether or not you will succeed, way before the students ever get there! Here is a great planner! It is free and printable!

Be sure to check it out and also look at my math workstation board!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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4 Must Have Workstations: Problem Solving Part 2

Posted on August 6, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Math Centers, Math Workstations, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , |


In the word problem station, students should also be writing problems.  Remember that reasoning has to do with both contextualizing (numbers to words) and decontextualizing (words to numbers).  So, make sure you give the students opportunities to write word problems at least once or twice a week.  The research states that it is important to give the students the units along with the numbers.

Must read article: The Answer is 20 Cookies, What’s the question?

See my word problem Pinterest Board for some ideas (anchor charts of Think Math)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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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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4 Must Have Workstations

Posted on June 24, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Math Workstations, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , |


There are a variety of workstations that you can set up throughout the year.  But, there are 4 must have workstations that you should set up all year long. Why?  Because these workstations allow students to engage in distributed practice throughout the year on the basic skills and content for their grade level.  I am going to list the stations below and during the next couple of weeks. I will write extensively about these stations and how to use them.

Workstation 1:  Fluency – You need a fluency station that is leveled and allows students to review facts they know and practice facts that they are working on.

Workstation 2: Word Problems- Remember in the CCSSM there are specific word problem types assigned to each grade level.  Do you currently take this into account?  Do you know what types your students have proficiency with?

Workstation 3: Vocabulary – Math is a language.  If you want your students to speak it, they must know the words and phrases.

Workstation 4: Digital – Our students are called Digital Natives and we are called the Immigrants by Prensky(2001).  How is this reflected in your math workstations.

I look forward to a wonderful discussion about workstations with you in the next couple of  weeks!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

Reference: http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/prensky%20-%20digital%20natives,%20digital%20immigrants%20-%20part1.pdf

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Math Workstations: Part 5 (Engaging Activities)

Posted on June 11, 2013. Filed under: Math Centers, Math Workstations | Tags: , |


Engaging activities “tend to draw favorable attention or interest.”  Do your math units and lessons meet this criteria? Do your students show up everyday ready to learn and excited about the next step on the journey.  Are they sitting at the edge of their seats waiting with baited breath for what is going to happen next?  In other words, is your math class engaging?

What do you do to connect with your students?  Remember that these folks are the digital natives. Do you use technology in a variety of ways to connect with them?  Do you show videos, play digital games, do math workstations on ipads, pods and laptops?  Do you have them play games with each other and in groups?  Do you use a variety of tools and manipulatives (even though this is a k site the manipulatives go across the grades)? What do you do exactly to engage your students?  Because, according to NAP (2001) engagement matters just as much as all the other stuff!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Math Workstations: Component 3 (Standards Based)

Posted on May 24, 2013. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Math Centers, Math Workstations, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , |


Math Workstations should be standards-based.  By that I mean that every single one of the stations should be connected with a standard.  In the beginning of the year, many of the initial math workstations will be a review of the prior year’s standards.  As the year progresses, you will make workstations based on the current grade level. Sometimes, for your expert level students, who may be working above-grade level, you might do a vertical compacting workstation where you put activities from the next set of standards in the learning progression.

Students should be aware of the standards they are working on in the Math Workstation.  It should be as clear as day.  I recommend that you put the “I can statement” (a student-friendly version of the standard) written right on the portable math workstation or pasted somewhere near that particular workstation. If students know where they are going, they are much more likely to get there!

When you confer with your students, you can talk about where they are on the learning progression, from their point of view and yours:)  Christine Mulgrave-King (2010) refers to this a student ownership of their learning (see her work at http://www.ckingeducation.com).

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Math Workstations: Component 2 (Differentiation)

Posted on May 22, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Differentiated Instruction, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , |


First of all, Math Workstations are data-driven.  Second, they are differentiated. After-all, you have to do something with that data.  It is one thing to collect data, it is another to analyze, interpret and then provide learning experiences based on the data.  What do you currently do with  your data?  Put it in a binder and on the shelf? How do  you USE it?  Key word here, USE… 

Data should directly inform what children are doing in math workstations.  Everybody shouldn’t be doing the same thing in a math workstation…otherwise it is just like doing whole group instruction (everybody at the same time doing the same thing) in small groups…with no attention to individual student needs.

Math workstations are about children engaging in purposeful practice in their zone of proximal development.  

Math workstations are not busy work.

Math workstations are engaging but more.  

Math workstations are directly connected to where the student is on his/her learning journey.

So, that means that in the Fluency Center…students are working on activities that help them achieve mastery where they are and help them to move onto the next level.  Some students might be working on make ten facts, others might be working on doubles and still others might be working on adding 7’s,8’s and 9’s.  In the Word Problem Center, some students might be working on Take From Change Unknown problems and others might be working on Part Part Whole Part Missing Problems.  In the place value center, some students might be building numbers with base ten blocks, others might be drawing out representations and others might be working on expanded form with styrofoam cups (at an abstract level).

Now, just ease your way into it!  Don’t try to differentiate everything at once or you’ll get overwhelmed and not do any of it.  Start slow, start with a plan…just start!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

 

 

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Great Card Games!

Posted on May 2, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Guided math, Math Centers | Tags: , , |


Here is a great packet of card ideas!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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