Tomorrow my students will take their end-of-the-year state test for math. This is our first year implementing Common Core Standards and this is my first year flipping. Everything boils down to this one test. Are they prepared? I think so. Will they be successful? I hope so!
I am linking up with Deb at Crafting Connections to share this Reading Comprehension Anchor Chart. When I saw this acronym on our County's resource page, I knew I had to make an anchor chart to illustrate it. If you have ever used Larry Bell's UNRAAVEL strategy, then you will recognize this as a simplified version. To prove their answers, students simply write the corresponding paragraph # beside the question where they found text evidence that supports their answer choice. I also have them underline or highlight the text evidence in the paragraph that helped them answer the questions. If you love anchor charts like I love anchor charts, you will want to head on over to Crafting Connections. Deb hosts an Anchor Chart Linky party every Monday. I just saw one on a previous linky about prefixes and suffixes that I need to make for my kiddos!
I love to use music to help cement concepts the students have to learn. To start off our geometry unit, I used 2 songs from Dr. Pasley's Math Party CD, "Polygons" and "Angles and Triangles". The lyrics actually define the different types of polygons and triangles. My kids love it! Click here to read article about Dr. Paisley-Henry.
Once we understood what a polygon was, we took a look at the characteristics of triangles. I am such a visual learner myself, so I had to have the students actually tear off each corner of a triangle to "see" that the angles all add up to 180 degrees-a straight line. I learned this while I was working on my Math Endorsement certification. We also used protractors to measure the different angles so we could classify our triangles.
Next, we looked at quadrilaterals. The students worked with partners to complete a Geoboard Activity. They used geoboards to make different polygons based on the characteristics given. The…
There were so many fabulous presenters at the iSummit 2013 Conference.
Unfortunately I could not attend every session . . .
Fortunately there is a wiki for the conference and I can check out all the wonderful resources. You can too!! What I can do however, is highlight what resonated with me.
The iPad is not: for everything in the classroomthe driver of instructiona device for practicing basic skills. . . if that's all you do with ita reward for completing classroom instruction
iPads are: toolsused to meet goals when appropriateuseful when you begin with the goal in mind (iPad + IPedagogy = iLearn, Julia Osteen) Here are my Top Ten Takeaways from the conference (in no particular order):
10. Private schools have a lot more money to spend on technology.
9. Are students spending time engaged in investigating "Googleable" or "Un-Googleable" questions? (Keynote Speaker, Ewan McIntosh)
8. The most important predictor of student success IS NOT their socioec…