Sunday, July 28, 2013

Keene Conference, iPads, and updates oh my

I cannot believe we are less than a month away from me setting up my room.  Be prepared for room updates I am thinking of setting up differently this year, because we do the same thing all the time? Gets boring! So more on that later in August. 

This past week I went to a teacher conference at Keene State University which was filled with some old and new colleagues. It was like worlds were colliding when a former employer comes up to you with your new employer. 

Day 1 was more of a lecture day, where there were several breakout sessions and you pick one to go to and learn.  The first one I went to was about teaching math in a Digital world. The presenter was awesome, I guess my hopes were to get some other great apps especially for assessment I can use in my classroom, but he was just plugging his product.  We might buy it, but I would have to do some research to see if it was best.  The app is called Dreambox which is a digital world where students are in charge of their own learning, the program is heavily differentiated and keeps data, a lot of data on each student.  However it is not cheap (nor should it be) but we might pilot it.

The next session I went to talked about student centered learning.  This was interesting and packed!  One of the examples was one day the presenter put a number on the board, the number was how much the district paid on electricity.   So the students had to research and develop ways to run the school in a more cost effective way.  Then it was our turn to confront a problem and develop solutions. 

The last session was about the website:
Yes it is still in beta, but I predict it being a useful resource, imagine using Minecraft, yes Minecraft in your classroom
And the students are engaged, learning, and interested.  I foresee this as being great social studies or science 

Day 2 was sitting in our school groups, coming up with a problem, creating solutions, and then a prototype 
for the solution. My school did well, we talked about RTI and how it needs to be consistent and organized grade
level per grade level.  Time flew by.

Lastly I got a district assigned iPad so beware :) 

Countdown 26 days until teachers summer is over.  I am excited!
Also, last week of camp this week! I cannot believe it is here, but last week updates to come!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Camp: Week 2

This was the hottest week EVER, in the hottest rooms of the entire school.  One of our lovely teachers had a spray bottle attached to a fan, it was our saving grace.  It was hotter in the building than it was outside.  We spent a lot of time in the shade in the mornings.  Also luckily we were welcomed into a couple kindergarten classrooms which had air conditioning after 12:30.  Other than the heat, we had fun.

This week's theme was: Number and Operations - Fractions paired with Operations and Algebraic thinking.

Activities this week:

Fruit Kabob
  Materials - pieces of fruit: grapes, strawberries, oranges, and red and green apples, and wooden skewers.
  Directions - The students were told to make two: one patterned and one for fractional.  The students then had to tell someone what their pattern was using letters A,B, A, B... and then describe their fractions.

Materials: Sidewalk chalk and a pair of dice
Directions: One student rolls the dice, the other uses the two numbers to create an array.  The partner then uses multiplication or repeated addition to solve.  Partner checks answer and then they switch roles.  We loved this game in the shade!
Materials: Hershey's bar, granola bar, marshmallow
Directions: Student use smores to say a fraction. 

The student have been having a blast with using codes to break messages.

PICTURES from last time:
First step of water balloon multiplication.

Math twister
Next week: Getting a district assigned Ipad! Attending a conference in Keene to get some ideas on how to assess, use ipad for classroom.  Any of you already have any tips?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Camp week 1

So students actually showed up for camp!!😀 A bunch of my students showed up which is great to see that my efforts did not go ignored. We are in the hottest rooms of the school but it was fine!  Pictures to come!!

This weeks theme was Numbers and Operations in Base Ten. I was working with second grade this week. We did a lot of work with the ten frame. We made teen numbers, adding and subtracting two digit numbers. 

Activities this week:
   Materials - 10 bowling pins numbers 1-10, a ball and a white board or paper to track scores. 
   Directions - roll ball three times, add the pins with numbers standing at the end of the round, the person with the smallest score wins. For example: if you knock down all the pins you get 0 points. As far as scoring, it is similar to golf. 
   Differentiating - if that is too hard then play as a subtracting game from 10, great way to practice 10s buddies. If too easy then have the students multiply the numbers. 

Water balloons -
  Materials - water balloons, side walk chalk
  Directions - have students pick a multiple and write all of the multiples they can think of on a wall. The. The student takes a water balloon, selects any number and says a multiplication fact. 
 Differentiation - addition/ subtraction/ division facts can also be said depending on student level. 

Math twister - 
  Materials - math twister game from lakeshore or paper plates with numbers, dice numbers 0-6 and 7-12 operation dice + and - 
  Directions - students roll the dice and do the operation they rolled. Then teacher selects a hand/leg to place on mat. 
  Differentiation - you could also do this with multiplication and division. Also a variation of the game we did was a relay race, split into two teams and had them race between two mats for the answers.

Math for all seasons by Greg Tang
  Materials - Math for All Seasons by Greg Tang
  Directions - show students a picture in the book ask them to figure out a way to count all items without counting one-by-one. Share strategies, not answers, read suggested solution discuss if it was easier/harder and answer. 
One week down three to go! 
Next week fractions with third grade. Any good project ideas? Suggestions? Leave some in the comments!