Teachers try out and discuss activities and math games not online but in the classroom.
September 20, 2017
It’s autumn, which means there’s a feeling that cold weather is on its way. A small comfort in the changing weather is that it offers some opportunities for winter math activities.
Cutting paper hearts for Valentine’s Day math fun is a common, early experience with symmetry for many young children.
Counting is a complex task that is often taken for granted. As described in the Collaborative's book Big Ideas in Early Mathematics, there are two different types: rote counting and rational counting. While both are useful, "when young children develop rational counting skills they are armed with a tool that enables them to understand the concept of numerosity, to compare quantities of different sets, and eventually to engage in operations."
A Chicago-area teacher's intentional teaching and efforts to differentiate for students of varying ability and confidence resulted in a rich math lesson. Based on Audrey Wood's classic book The Napping House, students created their own books with the details and content unique to themselves.
To ease parents' concerns about some of these potentially unfamiliar math techniques, many teachers are making efforts in connecting parents to the everyday happenings in the classroom. This article highlights several teachers who keep open lines of communication with parents by posting lessons and justifications online, or by hosting after-school "Parent Nights" to delve into the reasoning behind these math ideas.
Facilitating discussion in math class is a particularly powerful teaching method. It challenges students to put their solution strategy into words. It promotes communication between students. It also highlights any unclear steps that may have been glossed over otherwise.
Teachers in the Innovations Project have been making use of the Contexts for Learning Investigations, a series of mini-lessons, games, and storybooks based around overarching math learning goals. The developers of this series argue that math time should be an active and creative process, allowing students to learn through experimentation and exploration.
This blog post provides some great ideas for first grade Number Talks sessions. These 10-15 minute activities can be centered around the rekenrek or dot cards and are designed to reinforce students’ understanding of number and quantity.
A Chicago-area library used the Collaborative's Foundational Math Concepts to create math fun, games, and activities.
Math, with its own set of unique vocabulary, can sometimes be a difficult subject for non-native speakers of English.