I’m linking up with Fourth Grade Flipper today for Tried It Tuesday! This exciting linky party occurs on the second “Twosday” of every month. This time we're covering one of my favorite subjects: reader's theater! Using Reader's Theater in the Classroom Along with comprehension, fluency is a critical component of reading. In my classroom, I teach reading using the Reader’s Workshop model. In the beginning, I wanted to make sure students practiced oral fluency each day, so I created a ... Read More about Tried It Tuesday: Using Reader’s Theater
It’s about the tools. Tools assist in creating a final product. These math tools listed below are just as important to creating the final product, students understanding mathematical concepts, as the concepts themselves. Five Fun & Effective Math Tools #1 Purposeful Talk It’s important that teachers model and instruct on purposeful talk. This is teaching students the art of conversing (listening skills) and most importantly, practicing to pause and think before speaking. (Who ... Read More about Math Tools Every Math Class Should Be Using
What are math stretchers? These are math warm ups that are facilitated by the teacher to encourage deeper thinking in a variety of math concepts. They are meant to be only a few minutes in length and should help students to recognize patterns and relationships in the bigger ideas of math. They should always be created with the standards, students' needs, and grade level in mind. They do not need to be complex and should first be completed by the students independently before being discussed and ... Read More about Using Math Warm Ups in Your Classroom
Workshop. It’s a popular methodology that has made its way into many classrooms. Reader’s Workshop. Writer’s Workshop. I have even implemented Science Workshop as an integrated piece in my Reader’s Workshop due to time constraints. And now, Math Workshop. With Common Core in effect, teachers are faced more and more with so much to do and so little time to do it, let alone time to jump aboard the trend bandwagon. That’s what this blog series will be about. How can I help you implement Math ... Read More about What Is Math Workshop & How Do You Use It?
Every year around the holidays, I desire to find holiday crafts that have yet to be done. It is always quite the feat! For ideas, I have thought back to all of the cute little ornaments and decorations my children made. How do you find something that hasn’t already been overdone and is still appealing? How do you find a holiday craft that is age appropriate (not too “babyish” for third graders), not too hard on my pocket book, politically correct, and even academically driven? I’m not really ... Read More about HO-HO-HO Holiday Crafts: 3 Fun Ideas!