I am so excited to be a part of The Primary Gal's Trade and Grade blog hop! I was lucky enough to be partnered up with the talented Debbi Watson from 3rd Grade Pad . She sent me her Winter Fraction Task Card Bundle! You know that I LOVE me some task cards! I had been eyeing these cards because the graphics are adorable and the bundle includes a set of task cards for each of the three fraction standards in the third grade Common Core standards. I usually use my math task cards as an independent center during my math workshop. Since students will be doing the cards on their own, I am careful to only put out sets that include skills we have already covered whole group and in guided math groups. The dilemma? I haven't covered fractions yet this year. We will start our fraction unit in about two more week. I was racking my brain about how I could incorporate these fabulous cards into my instruction before the blog hop. And then, in the middle of the night (because that...
I have the privilege of being a mentor teacher this semester for a teaching intern. This is not something that I would have volunteered to do. Not because I mind having an intern, but because I have never thought of myself as someone who has much to share with new teachers. I always thought that the teachers who had been teaching for 10+ years were the mentors. My principal came in to ask me while I was in the middle of administering a spelling test. Can you turn your sweet principal down in front of your entire class? I can't! And I am glad that I didn't! This is just one more way that I am stretching myself and I would never have been asked if they didn't think I was qualified. (I must keep reminding myself of that.) Everyone who knows me, knows that I am OCD and crazy organized. So, of course I had to make a binder for my teacher intern! I wanted my intern to have a place to keep all of her notes and questions. I also thought it would be a good place to store i...
Two years ago, I added math journaling to my math routine. I am not going to lie- it was PAINFUL! My students would often just write one word answers. And the ones who wrote a paragraph made NO sense. Reading them was my least favorite teacher task and always made me feel like my students just weren't getting it. And it dawned on me- I had been teaching math, but had failed to teach them how to explain their thinking! Fast forward two years and lots of tears later- I think I have finally figured out how to teach my students to write about math. Here is what I have learned. Writing about their mathematical thinking is a phenomenal way to deepen student understanding of concepts. If a student can write about the steps he used, or how he knows his answer is reasonable- then I know he has fully mastered a skill. This deep understanding of the concept will make more complex problems simpler in the future. A third grader who can explain what 4x7 means is going to do much better ...
I am excited to be joining the Inspired Owl and PAWsitively Teaching for their monthly Pinterest Pick 3 Linky Party. I am going to be sharing three of my favorite Pinterest finds that you could use in the classroom in January. I absolutely LOVE teaching Social Studies and so one of my favorite topics to cover in January is Martin Luther King, Jr. My favorite pins are all simple and fun activities that you can use during your MLK lessons. I love this idea of using white and brown eggs to show kids that regardless of the color of one's skin, we are all the same on the inside! Click on the picture to see the original pin.  Whenever I teach about Martin Luther King Jr., I ask my third graders to write about their own dreams. This craft looks like a sweet and simple way to display their dream writing. Click on the picture to see the original pin. I always like to emphasize that Martin Luther King Jr. promoted PEACE and nonviolent protest. This is what ma...