Archive for the ‘Mathematics’ Category

  • The Algebra Walk

    on Mar 3, 15 • in Instructional Strategies, Mathematics, Policy • with Comments

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    The understanding of algebra is one of the keys to succeeding in higher level math courses. For this reason we must find a way to help more students become competent in algebra. I have mentioned in previous articles that I taught algebra to 8th graders in an urban middle school. I repeat it here so that you understand how well the activity I am describing helped my students easily grasp the graphing of lines and parabolas on the coordinate plane. The Algebra Walk is a true gem of an activity. Prior to the algebra walk

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  • Dr. Seuss: It’s For Big Kids Too

    on Mar 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies • with Comments

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    Theodor Seuss Geisel is known in classrooms, libraries and by elementary age children for his fun and crazy books. There is a special language he developed, perfected and used to engage children in reading.  From his first book, “And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street” to his ever popular “Cat in the Hat” children everywhere can quote Dr. Seuss. This week his birthday, March 2, 1904, will be celebrated in lower elementary classrooms around the country.  The books being read will bring smiles and love of the written word to students ages seven

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  • Taking The Trouble Out Of Word Problems

    on Feb 20, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics • with Comments

    Taking the trouble out of word problems

    Word problems for younger elementary grades can be challenging if kids don’t know how to break them apart. There is a meme about word problems that reads, ‘If you have 4 pencils and I have 7 apples, how many pancakes will fit on the roof? Purple because aliens don’t wear hats.’ This illustrates the probable frustration with word problems so well! We want our young students to have exposure to working word problems, but need to remember that first, second and some younger third graders are still developing their reading and comprehension skills in addition

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  • Student Teaching Diaries: The First Unit

    on Feb 4, 15 • in Featured, Mathematics, Series, The Student Teacher Diaries • with Comments

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    We are well into week three and things in our classroom and working well.  If you missed the start of this journey, check out our previous articles on The Educator’s Room.  Being a mentor teacher is a letting go of yourself so someone else can learn.  I am finding ways to keep myself busy during transition times in the classroom and I am also making myself work or leave the room for short periods of time.  Lauren, my intern, has become responsible for the morning routine, taking students to lunch and recess and specials, read-aloud,

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  • Elementary Math: One Approach to Differentiation

    on Jan 6, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Mathematics • with Comments

    Elementary Math

    When I was an elementary student, many years ago, I was a quick learner.  I remember sitting in the classroom and looking for ways to challenge myself.  I was often reading/working ahead or helping others around me.  I was thrilled when I made it  into junior high and was able to take upper level math classes.  Here, for the first time, I found some challenge and was able to dive into new information.  In college I earned on a dual degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  Learning about the process of learning children go through was interesting and

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