## The power of yet!

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

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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## TEACHING KIDS TO LOVE MATH

# “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”

**“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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## Student Friendly Mathematical Practices Posters

Here are some great student friendly mathematical practices posters. Use these or make some like these with your students. The most important thing is to have a conversation about each one of the practices and then PRACTICE the practices. Make sure you have routines to reinforce the practices throughout your math curriculum. I will be writing more about the practices this week.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## More Math Energizers and Routines

When:

- As part of the do now
- Before Lunch
- Before School Ends
- Before Recess
- Right after Recess
- Anytime is a good time!

Remember that energizers are quick! Here’s one!

**Make 5, 10, 20 100, 1, ½, 2/3, **

This is a quick number game that gets students to practice their basic facts based on the **CCSS Math Fluency levels**. The basic premise of the game is that students have to name the complement.

So, in **Kindergarten you say Make 5**…then you have someone pull a number card and then the students raise their hands and the student who pulled the card chooses someone…that person has to say what number will make 5 with that number. For example – John picks 3 (he calls on Josephine) She says “2 plus 3 makes 5.”

In 1^{st} grade, you play Make 10. In 2^{nd} grade you play Make 20 and Make 100. In the upper grades the students have to make fractions and decimals. For example, if you said 4/6 then the students would have to tell you how to get to the next whole number but not using sixths. This forces them to think about equivalent fractions.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

Good Resources:

- http://www.washmath.org/files/GamesAndActivities.pdf
- http://www.geniekids.com/250ways/math-energizers
- http://cherieholt.wiki.westga.edu/file/view/Math+Energizers.pdf/283308842/Math%20Energizers.pdf

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## More Great Math Talk Materials:

Here is a great find for working on math talk in your classroom! Look for these highlights:

1) Great discussion about building a culture of talk and the levels of talk in a classroom

2) A few sample units illustrating student talk and showing their thinking

3) Graphic Organizers for creating math partners

4) Game Templates

5) Articles about Math talk

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## More Mathematical Practice Posters: Great Discussions to have in Guided Math Groups

Here are some great posters to present the mathematical practices to students. They are written in “I can” language and they have pictures and stages…before/during/after! We have to continue to think of ways to make the practices explicit to the students. I would do a great deal of this work in small, guided math groups. Students can talk about the things they do really well and the areas where they struggle.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Stop, Look, Think and then Go! Teaching the CCSS Practices in Guided Math Groups

The **Math CCSS** practices are about teaching children how to **stop and think before they start** doing math problems. They work hand in hand with the content. They should be taught explicitly alongside with the content. You should **make posters of the practices** and talk about them as you teach the content. Dr. Phil Daro (one of the writers of the Math CCSS) talks about “**delaying answer getting**” so that students can learn the math. Dr. Bill McCallum tells the students “**Don’t just do something, stand there**” in the same spirit of getting them to THINK first! So, in all of our teaching, we have to get them to **Stop, Look at the problem, Think about it and make a plan and then go for it! Do the math and be sure to explain their thinking**! Also, we have to get them to **check it in a different way than they solved it!**

To do all of this, **scaffolds** work great. **How are you scaffolding the thinking in your classroom?** Do you have **posters** heralding these ideas. Do you give the students **graphic organizers** so they can show their thinking in a clear and orderly manner? How do you **delay answer getting** and get students to **lay out a pathway**. (The other day in one of my schools we actually drew out a pathway and drew pictures showing all the steps along the pathway to solving the problem…modeling it, writing an equation, explaining our thinking, checking a different way and writing the answer).

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Math Video Libraries

Here are some great math video libraries on a variety of topics. In these videos you will see how teachers across the Unites States of America are working in classrooms to implement the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards. These videos document effective teaching and learning in many schools: small, large, rural, suburban, and inner-city.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Math Talk: Getting Started in Whole Class and Small Groups

What is math talk? Math talk involves rigorous, engaging, accountable discussions about math. Math talk is a structure that is integrated throughout the math workshop. It happens in whole class settings as well as small group settings. You want your students to be engaging in it in math centers with partners and groups. Math is a language. We learn a language by speaking it. So, let’s get to talking. Here is some springboards about it to get you thinking and talking about how to do it in your class.

http://www.eduplace.com/math/mthexp/pdf/mathtalk.pdf

http://www.hmheducation.com/mathexpressions/pdf/kfauthor-mathtalk.pdf

http://www.trianglehighfive.org/pdf/007_math_talk.pdf

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/studentsuccess/lms/MathTalk.pdf

http://blog.tomsnyder.com/math-hub/bid/51966/Generating-Math-Talk-That-Supports-Math-Learning

http://www.mathsolutions.com/documents/0-941355-53-5_L.pdf

Math Talk in Action:

http://www.schooltube.com/video/0bab0ba73caf41019251/Math-Talk

Action Planning Templates:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/studentsuccess/lms/math_talk_learning_community.pdf

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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