Thursday, May 29, 2014

Guided Math Book Study

Time is not something that I have a lot of.  After chasing after my two little boys all day I finally had a chance to sit down and read chapter one of our book. I was a little worried that when I read it I would feel completely inadequate in my own strategies of teaching math.  However, after the reading I was pleasantly surprised. I am not saying that I have everything related to teaching math figured out, but I do feel like I am on the right path....So far! So let's take a closer look at what is good and not so good in my own ways of teaching.  
So far in my teaching I like the overall way that I have my math block set up.  In my 4th grade classroom I only have 1 hour so it is important to me that I have everything planned to a "T".  However, it is also challenging because in the world of teaching, things do not always go as planned.  Having said that, my overall set up remains the same for most days.  I was glad to read that some of the ideas of this book's framework already shows up in my classroom.  For example, I usually start out with a whole group lesson.  Whether it used to introduce the topic or to review.  I then typically do an informal assessment of the students progress after many opportunities to practice.  After the quick assessment I then will break students into two groups, three depending on the adults in the classroom.   The students who understand the skill being taught will be in one group to work on the skill with an activity that I have planned in advance. These students will be in either a small group or work individually  to work at their own pace and to take more control of their own learning.  The students who need a little extra support will stay with me to get more one on one/ small group instruction.  As the students who are working with me show concrete understanding of the skill, I will move them out of my group and into the other group so that they can continue working on the skill and I can keep working with students who still need support.

I know there are many aspects of my teaching that needs improvement. A few things in math that stand out to me in particular are problem solving and students reaching an understanding of "why" and not just "how".  For example, like most other teachers, I feel like I have so much to teach in a very small amount of time.  I have specific skills to cover and then I have to quickly move on to the next.  Due to this I have a hard time fitting in more problem solving skills and word problems in the short amount of time I have to teach the skills. Secondly, I would like to be able to focus more on my students understanding why we solve problems a certain way in math and not just knowing how the process works.  I want them to get a deeper understanding of how ideas and concepts work and solve the problems from that angle instead of solving problems from the "do it this way because that's that way it's done" approach.  I haven't figured out how to do these things yet, but that's what is nice about teaching, I can always improve and change the way I do things.  

Stay tuned for next week's post for Chapter 2!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the 4th be With You

Welcome to my top 4 sale!!!!! Please scroll down to view  the countdown to my top four sellers! I hope you enjoy them as much as others have.  I would love for you to leave feedback so I am able to make my products as effective as possible! 

# 4 top selling product of Court's Creations- 
Addition Task Cards- Bundle 

Many people love this product because you definitely get a bang for your buck!  This bundle pack includes 4 sets of addition task cards.  Listed below are the individual sets that you will receive if you were to purchase this product.

-2 Digit + 2 Digit 
-3 Digit + 3 Digit
-4 Digit + 4 Digit 
-Combination of addition problems up to 4 Digit + 4 Digit

Most of the addition problems that are on the task cards require regrouping. I personally love this product befcfause it can be used in many different ways.  It can be used during a whole group lesson when you are introducing each type pf addtion problem.  It can also be used on a more individualized level where depending on where your students is working would determine the particular task card set he/she would use.  This product is also great for extra practice and review.  
Though you may puchase each of these sets separately, it if for your benefit to buy these sets in this bundle.  At the normal price of $3/ set you could expect to pay $12 for the bundle. However it is normally priced at $9, therefore you get one set FREE! 

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# 3 top selling product of Court's Creations- 
Area and Perimeter Game- I have Who Has 

What student doesn't love a game??? None that I know of, which is why the I Have Who Has Area and Perimeter Game is so great!  Students will be learning without even knowing it.  This is a perfect way to review the difference between area and perimeter. There are 25 questions that involve finding the area and perimeter of a shape.
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Area and Perimeter, I have Who Has 

# 2 top selling product of Court's Creations- 
4.G.1 Geometry Task Card Assessment

One of my personal favorites!  I love this task cards assessment because it can be used many different ways in the classroom.  I used it this year in my class as the final assessment during our geometry unit.  It could have very easily been used as a review as well, individually or whole group.  These task cards cover all parts of the Common Core Standard 4.G.1.  Students are required to identify lines, angles, interpreting a diagram, ect....
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4.G.1 Geometry Task Card Assessment 

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# 1 top selling product of Court's Creations- 
Congruent Shapes Activity Pack

I don't know about you but I have had a hard time finding good resources for congruent shapes for 4th grade! My solution? Create my own resource! This activity pack includes three different centers as well as a pre-test and post-test to help assess your students.  The activities that are used in this activity are fairly simple shapes. I was not trying to trick my kids when it came to congruent shape I just really wanted to know if they understood the concept of shapes being congruent.  I love this activity and I will use it again next year as my entire congruent shapes unit.

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Congruent Shapes Activity Pack

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