Love is in the air
February is the perfect month to "share the love." Typically that means sending and receiving Valentines, but I would like to share the things I love about math teachers in this district!
GCISD math teachers:
- Really care about the kids, not just the curriculum
- Take the time to really learn the standards
- Follow the Math CIE's
- Design and plan awesome lessons for their students
- Relate math to the real world
- Instill a love of math and a growth mindset in their students
- Take risks and try new things
- Give the new unit assessments with fidelity and use them to guide future instruction
- Share feedback with the math team and me.
How many of you ask parents to read with their children every night? There is a wealth of research supporting daily reading especially prior to and during the period when they are learning to read. There is also research that supports the same for math, but who wants to assign plain, old math facts! Well, an app has been developed called Bedtime Math that has shown higher math achievement among those who use it regularly. Check out the blog post! Thanks to Kami Anderson, Kindergarten teacher at Cannon, for sharing.
Mathematicians At Work
Students in Mrs. Butt's class at Bear Creek are playing "Slide."
At Glenhope, Mrs. Rubison's Aspire students are creating 3D shapes!
1st grade GES students are sharing what they know about 3D shapes with Mrs. Dodd's Kindergarten class!
Students in Mrs. Burch's class are participating in a Socratic Seminar on fractions at BCES!
Representing fractions is fun when you get to use food and an ipad. Students in Mrs. Gerdes' class at Silver Lake are documenting what they know about fractions.
Students in Ms. Donaldson's class at Cannon can communicate what they know about fractions. Yes, CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) sentence frames are not just for science!
One way is to to provide opportunities for them to build number sense. A new favorite blogger and fellow mathematician is Christina Tondevold. Check out her blog here! My new mantra that I stole from Christina is "number sense is caught, not taught!" We must provide experiences with numbers and how they relate to each other. Building number sense also changes students' attitudes about math. After having experiences with number sense, they see that doing mathematics is not simply following rules, but thinking creatively, inventing strategies, and making sense of numbers and patterns in unique ways.
We already have many resources in our curriculum for building number sense such as activities from Van de Walle's book, number routines in Investigations, and your campus should have a copy of Number Talks by Sherry Parrish.
In the following months, I hope to highlight a few key concepts, activities, or games that can be used with K-2 students and struggling learners in 3-5. I am also happy to come to a PLC or grade level planning meeting and share ideas with you. One additional resource is an upcoming webinar on number sense. Check it out here!
Math Professional Learning
We want your input? How do YOU like to learn? Do you prefer face to face training, online learning, or a blend such as our last book study. As we look to the summer and next year, we are in the process of planning math professional learning and want to consider your needs. Share your opinion here!
Speaking of job embedded learning, do you want to grow and improve in your craft? Do you like to observe other teachers, read and collaborate about the latest trends in education, and get real feedback about your classroom? Then, VALOR is for you! To learn more about this career-changing program, watch this short video. The application was sent out on Monday, February 8 in an email from Dr. Doughney. I encourage all of you to apply!