Now my question about numeracy-rich classrooms has been answered! I sort of thought that it was similar to a literacy-rich classroom environment, but I wanted examples. Chapter two did not disappoint! I have so much to think about now. Here were my biggest take-aways:
- Calendar Board/Math Wall: As an upper grades teacher, I don't "do" calendar math every day, but I would like to incorporate this next year. Its a great way to get in that spiral review. I liked how the book suggested each child having his/her own calendar or agenda so they can make connections to what you're doing during calendar activities. I think I'll try that next year. I plan to review shapes, word wall words, math concepts like even/odd or skip counting, months of the year, elapsed time (What will be the date in two weeks and five days?) and problems of the day. This is similar to the 3rd grade calendar math that we did in Saxon math.
- Anchor Charts/Graphic Organizers: While I did a few of these this year, I need to do wwaaayyy more! And I need to set aside a space in my room to hang them. I especially loved the modified Frayer diagram.
- Math Productions by Student Authors: She actually suggests having students make math books, but being the tech nerd that I am, I would rather have the kids use tech tools for their productions. I'm thinking I might incorporate the tech part into a station or center during Guided Math. Some of the tools I'm thinking of using are Flipcams for videos, Powerpoint, Prezi, VoiceThread, Glogster, Voki, and the iMotion app for making stop-motion movies. I don't have the plan fully fledged yet, but I definitely want the kiddos to experience using more tech tools for learning math next year.
Want in on more of the conversation? Check out our first two hosts' blog posts:
Chapter 1: Primarily Inspired
Chapter 2: Third Grade GridIron