Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Avoid Test Prep Burn-out and Cover Objectives???

Our district just completed our Mock MCT2 Test. I took my data that we got in pretty, nice graphs and found my classroom weaknesses and individual students weaknesses.For my classroom weaknesses, I am addressing them whole-group reteaching. For individual weaknesses, I thought these would best addressed in small centers:
Center 1: Game Time!! Our school math tutor played these file folder games with two or three students at a time. They picked out which game they wanted to play and the winner got to dig in the treasure chest!
Center 2: Number Sense and Vocabulary- This was the center I guided. The students first had number races. I would time them and see how many expressions they can make in the allotted time. Ex. I gave them the number 48...they can make the number any way they choose and list as many as possible. 48: 1x 48, 2 x 24, 47 + 1, forty-eight, 20+28, 96/2, etc. This helps with number sense in general and also helps with algebraic expressions. After about 3 races (2 min. each), I gave them a copy of a Frayer Model. They wrote the word, gave a definition, picture, example, and non-example.
Center 3: Test your Knowledge!Students play their own version of a game show by quizzing their group on test prep questions. Winner gets a prize!!
Center 4: Computer Group- Students went to interactive game type websites to practice math skills. I already had these bookmarked on my computer and ready to go. Some sites include: Sheppard Software, Math Playground, Kids Math Games Online, etc.

I also plan on working on another year of Show What You Know very soon! So...Keep posted!!!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Blog Birthday to ME!!! Freebie!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

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I can't believe it's been a year since I started my blog! I have enjoyed connecting with teachers all over the world. I actually started blogging as a sort of visual scrapbook for myself of different lesson plans and ideas I've found or used. I never dreamed that a year later I would have had over 42,000 "hits" on my page and 49 followers! I hope you have enjoyed some of the activities I have blogged. I continue to learn by visiting other teachers blogs. 

To thank you for staying on this teaching journey, I would like to offer something from my TPT store for FREE! The first 3 comments will get one of my resources from my store. Anything you see that you would like to have, comment below with the name of the resource and your email address and I will send it to you! I do have one favor though... Tell me which of my blog posts you liked the most and how it went if you incorporated it into your class. :)

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Have a blessed and wonderful weekend!!

It's Spring Break for me!!!! 
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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss! Here's a collection of my favorite quotes. Hope all my fellow teachers have a wonderful, restful weekend. Just remember, Spring Break is around the corner!!! :)

What's your favorite Dr. Seuss quote and/or book?