math sites

If you haven’t tried this site, you should take a look!

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/math.html

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updates

OK, it’s not math, but it was a lot of fun.  It’s our class’ film adaptation of a story from Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

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Interesting question

I received and interesting question on the site.  I was wondering if anyone else had any thoughts.

The question was:

One thing I have always struggled with is how to best provide support for anyone that is helping my students outside of school. Whether it be after school program tutors, parents or older siblings I find it a challenge to set them up for success and sell them on this “new” approach to math. It seems the further a student is behind the higher the likelihood that tutors resort to kill and drill and fall back on the “how” instead of the “why” of math.  In short, how to better support the supporters.

I responded with this, but I was wondering what experiences others have, or what you do:

I have run into the same problems. Not only with the outside support, but my support teachers have trouble figuring out how to support the class. Personally, the more adults I have in the class, the better. The students don’t always need their “hands held” so to speak. The goal is not that they can do ALL the strategies (that’s what I want from the stronger students), it’s that they find a strategy that works for them. So often my support teachers are spending time observing, to see what “clicks” with those students and what does not. Then we focus on the strategy that works. At that point I can give the outside support the help they need because I can focus on something I know the student “gets”. However the reality is that often the outside help falls back to drill and kill, focusing on doing, not understanding.

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Update

I’ve added a video to the “Just for Fun” page, that… of course… has nothing to do with math.  But I hope you enjoy it anyhow.

I’m also looking for ideas as to where this blog can go next.  I am fortunate enough to be teaching two classes math this year (a grade 4 and a grade 5 class).  I am looking for a fresh idea or direction to bring to the table.  If anyone has any suggestions, please get in touch.

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summer update

I just wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you for all the words of support and positive feedback!  I am very pleased that teachers have found this blog useful.  Have a wonderful summer everyone, you deserve it :)

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Probability update

Some more examples of student work (Probability – Student Examples – 2012-2013) have been added to the Probability Unit (grade 4/5) page (under the Data Management and Probability tab).

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resource update

Here is a new resource looking at the Three Part Math Lesson. You might want to take a look:

http://scotlind.edublogs.org/2014/04/21/importance-of-planning/

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