Robot Regrouping

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Regrouping can be tough, I get it.  I taught second for 4 years and that was one of the harder concepts to teach.  I'm currently in third and have to reteach regrouping constantly!  I know when I have to teach #hardthings I usually think of a great hook, song, video, skit or something to really get them engaged and interested in it.  
I know regrouping is a difficult concept that requires lots of reteaching, visuals and hands on activities to help make it more concrete for your young learners.  Whether you are working on borrowing or carrying these robots will be fun to work on and display in your classroom.  They make great visual reminders if they are hanging up and can be used to help your students remember how to regroup.  What are some fun ways you teach regrouping?

regrouping craft

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Bright Ideas Incentive

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I love rewarding kids, finding the good, praising.... accentuating the positive!  So, I love finding, thinking of or coming across ideas that can do just that.  This weekend I was thinking about a few kids I have this year that are smartie pants and either think outside the box or find a new way of doing something and I always praise them for thinking creatively.  It's kinda like a domino effect because when I do that, my other students want to be recognized and they want to share how they come up with an answer in math or thought about how to solve a problem.  What I love about this is that it gets even my more reluctant learners to try to rethink a situation or solve a problem. They love to be recognized for this as well.

reward and incentives in the classroom

So, this weekend I started thinking about something I could do to make these kids feel extra special and since like I said earlier my outside the box thinkers have really been motivating my other learners to do the same so I wanted to give them a little shout out of sorts.  I thought why not use a light bulb and put it on a necklace?  The student that has the bright idea at the moment can be called out and recognized, I told the kids today that the light bulb might move around all day long.  They were on board and loved the idea!
So, today when one of my struggling students asked if he could re organize my reading group books I said sure.  He went about the task diligently and carefully.  He found a new place to put them that made more sense and looked neater.  I praised him for his creative organization skills.  He beamed when I put the bright ideas necklace around his neck.  He wore it so proudly!  If you have students that don't typically think outside the box that's okay.  Find something that they can shine at that you can turn into a bright idea and let them have their moment to shine!
It really is just about building those relationships and their self esteem...once you have that...the teaching comes so much easier...I promise!
The necklace made it rounds today, when another child had a brilliant idea or tackled a problem outside the box I transferred the necklace to that child.  Another idea make a few necklaces so you can have 3 students wearing them at a time during the day.  Either way they still feel special!
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Teaching Perimeter

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Perimeter ~ usually goes right along with area and can be confusing for some of your young learners...hopefully today I will give you some tips to make it stick with them a little more.

tips for teaching perimeter

The first thing I do is take the kids outside for part of the lesson.    
( My brilliant team partner shared this idea of taking them outside years ago )  
This serves several purposes...
First of all, they love being outdoors and switching things up a bit.  But more importantly, we walk ( follow the leader - single file line style ) to the basketball court and spread out around the perimeter of the court.  I stand in the middle and talk to them and get a discussion going about where they are standing.  I listen to the words they throw out at me, like: outside, around, edge, etc.  Usually I have at least one student yell out rim.... a ha!!!!  That's the ticket!
I then tell them yes - that's the perfect way to describe where we are, we are around the rim of the shape ( rectangle )/ court.  
As we go back inside I point out an anchor chart that I have pre made that looks like this:

tips for teaching perimeter

They visual of the box around the word rim is really what helps them remember the most along with the experience of being outside around the rim of the court.  Hopefully these quick easy tips can help make your math block on perimeter really be memorable for your students.

perimeter lesson

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