Nov. 11, 2014
I have linked the Chapter 3 objectives if you are interested in more specifics about the My Math content for the next two or three weeks.
I continue to provide the students with opportunities to become better problem solvers, using both Rich Math Tasks, and also problems that require a specific strategy. In Oct. we looked at two strategies - Make an Organized List and Use Math Reasoning. Number riddles, matrix logic, using a tree graphic organizer, etc. This month, we will add Work Backwards and Simplify the Problem to our list.
I am thoroughly enjoying math instruction with this group of students. NumberTalks - intelligent observations, clever deductions, linear explanations, creative solutions. They rock it every day. The students are making progress in mastering Explain Everything. Presentation and listening skills are much improved.
For nine and ten year-olds, I think they are fairly respectful of each other's ideas. Still, there have been a number of hurt feelings. We will continue to work on listening and validating every child's answers, opinions, and desire to be heard. Working in a group can be challenging. However, it can also be rewarding. A required skill for the 21st century.
I think everyone is now doing ST Math for at least twenty minutes a week at home. Keep up the good work!
We continue to focus on different prewriting techniques as a means of producing fluent and organized writing. For Personal Narratives we will be using several graphic organizers. We will craft leads (first few lines) that begin with dialogue, a snapshot, or a sound effect. Beginning, middle, and end - story arc.
Lorraine Ferra, the Port Townsend poet who has worked with our students for years will be sharing her gift with them later in the month. Thank you, Blakely PTO.
Work and Study Habits
Dick Whittington's Cat
Friday, Nov. 21st, 8am
Seattle Children's Theatre
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