Math Message

October edition

Fall is in the air

Fall is in the air and you know what that means football, cooler temperatures, and pumpkin spice lattes! You have also been in school for over a month and you have most likely introduced your math structure such as Math Workshop or Math Stations, practiced routines, and began settling into the year. Now is the perfect time to take a moment and observe. What do you see and hear? Are students using the materials properly? Are they getting work done? Are students talking about math? Are students engaged in the task? If the answer is yes, keep it up and continue to build momentum, but if the answer is no, don't despair. Sometimes we forget how long it takes for students to internalize routines and procedures. We have to set our expectations, and remind, review, and practice over and over again. If your class doesn't look or sound like you want it to, now is the time to see where it went off track (setting expectations, communicating expectations, or enforcing expectations) and work to get back on track!
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Our online math textbook

Click on the title, Hints for Think Central, above for some basic resources on getting started with our online math textbook! If you have trouble logging in, please also see this page for instructions. Candi Amos has been working tirelessly to get our online textbooks up and running as well as the other content areas so if you see her, take a moment and say "thanks" or tweet a "thankyouthursday" to her. The process should be much smoother next year now that our data and their data have been formatted to talk to each other.

Here are some hints from Susan Hill, one of our instructional technology coaches, for keeping your district and school information logged in on the ipad. (Once you log in, and save bookmark to the ipad and click "remember my school.")

If you are using Safari:

  • Open Settings > Scroll down/select Safari > Select Passwords & Autofill > Turn on Names and Passwords

  • When student opens ThinkCentral, select Autofill for Username/Password to populate

If you are using Chrome:

  • Bookmark ThinkCentral - Click the star icon in the address bar. (To access bookmark, open Chrome > Select the Vertical 3 dots in the upper right corner > Select Bookmarks > Select ThinkCentral)
  • If they are having issues with students typing in their Username and Password: (To hold the password, select the 3 Vertical dots in upper right corner > Select settings > Turn on Autofill Forms and Save Passwords


I love twitter and connecting with my PLN (personal learning network). Another place I get ideas and inspiration is following blogs. Two of my favorites are Donna Boucher (I even got to meet her in person at CAMT) and Mrs. Lemons.

Many of you are in the middle of or just beginning addition and subtraction. Here is a great post from Donna Boucher from Math Coaches' Corner using concrete models.

Mrs. Lemons is another great resource for ideas. Here she shared her addition strategies and games:

Check out the grade level collaboration folders on Google drive that we started last year. I try to update them with resources I find... (I included games from Mrs. Lemons in the 2nd grade folder) and teachers are encouraged to as well. If you need access, please let me know.

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"Mathematicians At Work"

We love to see what is going on inside your classrooms! Tweet out a pic (#gcisdmath) or email me a pic, or invite me out in person and I will try and include some in every newsletter!
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Thinking flexibly about numbers in Mrs. Davis' 2nd grade class @ OCT

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Learning how to work effectively with partners in math tubs in first grade Ms. Digg's class @ HES

The Big Reveal

We will begin our first "across the district" math book study! You are invited to participate! We will meet in person on Wednesday, October 14 at 3:30 at the PDEC (Bronco bowl). We will have a fun "meet and greet" where you can check out a copy of the book, meet other participants, and see the exciting things planned for this book study. Plans include reading on our own time and then collaborating mostly "virtually" through twitter chats, google hangout, or blogging. (If you have never participated in a twitter chat or hangout, never fear...we can set up a time to learn how!) We will meet one other time in person at the completion of the book (probably January) to celebrate and reflect! I have 22 copies to check out so the first 22 to sign up in Eduphoria will be able to check out the book from me! Now, the most important part...the book...Math Sense, the Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Instruction by Christine Moynihan. You will love it!
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Locating Unit Assessments

Locating Unit Assessments and Test Keys for Math

New supporting documents for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade TEKS

New TEKS supporting documents have been added to Project Share. Most of the information has already been included in the curriculum maps in the column "from TEA side-by-side," but one of the things they've added is telling how these TEKS relate to future grade levels. For example TEKS 5.4A about identifying prime and composite numbers says, "The concept of prime factorization appears in grade 6 and then reappears in the Algebra I TEKS A(10)(E)." This should provide clarity especially when you are questioning how far you are expected to teach in your particular grade level. Here is the link to the document!

We need your voice!

Any and all teachers of mathematics in these grade levels are invited to join in this collaborative work to refine the common instructional expectations for mathematics to provide clarity and additional specificity to the K-12 Math CIEs for your grade band.

Math CIE Refinement Workshop 3rd - 5th

Thursday, October 22, 3:30 - 5:30

Mustang Corral

Math CIE Refinement Workshop 3rd - 5th

Thursday, February 25, 3:30 - 5:30

Mustang Corral