Slice of the Pi
How Can I Use My Math Coach?
I wish you had been with me when________________ because ___________________.
This is a question that a staff member (or parent or student) asked, or a statement made, that left me unsure how to respond...
I've noticed one of my colleagues “shining” with his/her skills in _____ area and I'd like to get better at that too.
I could use some help figuring out__________________.
I'd like to gather feedback on ________.
I'm earmarked to upper elementary for now, but if you are in K-2 ( or a 3/4 from a school where I am working with the other grade) I'm happy to find some time for you. Shoot me an email with any of those sentence stems, or anything else on your mind!
Here is a link to an article from lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Jason Zimba, on how parents can help with homework. It could provide some nice talking points for the fall parent conferences.
- Timed Tests & Bridges Bridges Blog
- Timed Tests and Math Anxiety Jo Boaler for Ed Week
- Drill or Practice Teacher Tip from Bridges
- Memory versus Memorization Ignite talk from Graham Fletcher
- Finding Our Way in Fluency Achieve the Core
How does the information here align with your beliefs? Current practices? Does the information confirm or challenge your thinking? Interested in making any changes? Reach out to collaborate on some ideas!
You can print these "viewfinders" on card stock or transparency and use them as a center for students to go an a shape/counting hunt!
Math teacher Nat Banting (@NatBanting) created a class set using rings. You could send them home and have students/parents capture images they find, email them to you, and start a class collection.
You can find the link to this free resource right here! Reach out if you need help giving it a go! Pictures courtesy of their website.
Up for a challenge?
Step 1:Pick a number
Step 2:Double it
Step 3:Add 5
Step 4:Multiply by 50
Step 5:If you've had your birthday this year, add 1769, or, if you've not yet had your birthday this year, add 1768
Step 6:Subtract the year of your birth
You should end up with a number that is a combination of the number you started with followed by your age. For example, if you are 12 and you start with the number 27, the result you should end up with is 2712.
- Let n represent the number in Step 1 and show what happens through Step 6.
- Explain why the result is always the original number followed by your age.
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