The Power of Anchor Charts The sheer number of examples on teaching blogs and Pinterest prove it: Anchor Charts are all the rage, and for good reason. Used as tool to “anchor” content being studied, they help students to learn new information as well as to reflect on what has already been covered. Posted in a prominent location in the classroom, Anchor Charts provide a reference point that students may refer to again and again. It’s important to note a defining characteristic of Anchor Charts. Unlike traditional posters, they are created with students, the teacher recording ideas as the class shares. As thinking evolves, the charts can be added to or modified.
How Japanese Kids Learn To Multiply – Amazing, No Need to Learn Japanese Thank you to everyone who has shared this post! Before we discuss this great method of multiplying numbers, if you are after a great power point slide show to use in the classroom to improve times tables and multiplication skills then you will find this useful. If you enjoyed using the resource above then make sure to check out the games and tricks available to help develop, practice and learn times tables skills. I came across this method though a Japanese friend and it shows how Japanese pupils learn to multiply in maths lessons at a young age. Hello and welcome to my 34th gems post. This is where I share five teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. The summer holidays are finally here! Let's be honest though - although it's lovely to have the opportunity to rest and play, the majority of us do a fair amount of school work over summer - creating resources, organising and tidying, preparing for September, catching up on reading... Have you read all 34 of my gems posts?
QR Codes and Bottle Cap Fun! Technology is awesome because not only does it keeps students engaged, it's also usually pretty environment-friendly! So, I've decided to combine two fun items I've been incorporating in my classroom - QR codes and labeling bottle caps - to help students practice ordering fractions, multi-digit multiplication, and long division - just a few skills we're going over in fourth grade right now. Let's start with ordering fractions: I made 8 bottle cap groups with six fractions in each group using Avery lables (1" circles 5410). And then, lo and behold, did you know you can make QR codes in Avery? On the left-hand tool bar, there is a button for making bar codes and QR codes. 10 classroom routines that get kids talking (and writing) about math strategies Most kids find it challenging to explain how they solve math problems and to put what they know about math into words. These ten simple classroom routines can help make math talk a regular part of your day: 1) Start your math block with a strategizing session instead of a traditional warm-up problem. Rather than having students solve a math problem on their own, have them jot down notes about how they would solve the problem, then pair up with a neighbor to discuss and compare their strategies. When you’re ready to bring the whole class together for a discussion, have a few pairs of students share how they’d solve, and invite students to test out their strategies. 2) Occasionally ask students to discuss strategies without actually solving the problem.
Multiplication Games ~ Learn Times Tables While You Move This post may contain affiliate links. We love to play math games around here and these multiplication games have been used over and over again in our house. I first shared the idea of Multiplication High Fives here, then decided to take it to the next level and create a downloadable multiplication chart and High Five template. This method has been so effective in getting math facts to stick for my kids. A Designer Speaks Abstract This paper describes some of the research-based principles that I use when designing learning experiences to foster conceptual understanding. These principles are illustrated through the discussion of one type of experience: that of sorting multiple representations. I refer to learning experiences rather than tasks, because tasks are only one component of the design. Close attention is also paid to the role of the teacher in creating an appropriate climate for learning to take place.
I enjoyed meeting many of you at La Salle Education's National Mathematics Teacher Conference yesterday. It was a fantastic opportunity for sharing ideas. But 500 maths teachers out of 350,000 is a drop in the ocean. It's such a shame that so many schools weren't represented. Although there are some pockets of collaboration throughout the UK, for example through regional TeachMeets, the fact is that the majority of UK maths teachers live in a bubble. 1st Grade Math Games - Smart First Graders Number sense games give kids practice comparing and using numbers. These 1st grade math games will give kids a fun way to practice skills in estimation, odd and even, comparing numbers, counting, and more. Several of the games are quite versatile, and can be changed slightly to practice other math areas as well.
TES Maths: Top 12 investigations Engaging investigation ideas to inspire creative thinking in your classroom Since the abolition of maths coursework, there is no formal requirement to carry out investigations with your students. However, it is only through investigative work that students of all ages and abilities can start to appreciate the true beauty of the subject. They can hypothesise, be creative, challenge themselves, work with other students and potentially discover things that have never been discovered before. At our school, we do an investigation with each year group every half term. They may last 20 minutes or five lessons. 12 Useful Math Hacks That They Didn't Teach You In School 12 Useful Math Hacks That They Didn't Teach You In... 12 Useful Math Hacks That They Didn't Teach You In School By Aunty Acid Life DIY L.Glee for Aunty Acid
High School Math Teacher Profile - Dave Sladskey On Dave Sladkey's first day of teaching high school math, his school recommended him two things – don't smile, and don't let the kids out of their seats. Since then though, Sladkey has largely shunned that bit of advice. “I try to have them smile as much as possible and try to get them out of their seats as much as possible, so it's quite the change from then to now,” Sladkey said. As a high school math teacher at Naperville Central High School in Illinois, Sladkey's active style of teaching helps students remain engaged and eager to learn, but it took years of growth, preparation, and work for Sladkey to arrive where he is today. “I was in junior high and helping a grade school church program and got great feedback for how I was interacting with the younger kids,” Sladkey said. “That just kind of planted the seed.”
Most of my readers probably already subscribe to Chris Smith's lovely maths newsletter. Full of teaching ideas, puzzles, jokes and mathematical trivia, it's a joy to receive every week. Chris has been producing the newsletter since 2007 when he was a wee NQT. Amongst other things, the newsletter is a fantastic mechanism for sharing good practice. Chris now has over 900 newsletter subscribers. Time Worksheets for Learning to Tell Time Time Worksheets for Learning to Tell Time Here is a graphic preview for all of the time worksheets. You can select different variables to customize these time worksheets for your needs.