Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Practice Writing Extended Responses in Math

Do your students struggle with writing in Math class? 


Do your students need more practice writing extended responses?





Getting students to write about Math can be a challenge at first, but with practice and persistence your students can master writing Math fluently. There are many different strategies to use in getting your students to write math. Daily practice during math warm ups (bell work) is one strategy that can be very effective.



How to start writing math extended responses


At the beginning of the school year is the time to assess students’ math writing. This will be invaluable. Look for certain aspects in the writing process. See how well they write sentences and problem solve. This will allow you to see their strengths and weaknesses in writing math. Do they need to work on calculations? Do they need to work on writing? Are they proficient in grade level vocabulary? 



First Steps


Mathematics is a thinking process that leads to more effective problem solving. Students need to practice problem solving more. Provide practice with Math vocabulary and writing Math prompts. The prompts are mostly open ended giving the student the ability to write openly about Math.



Next Steps


Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve math problems. Give students the opportunity to see and work through different problems. Have mathematical discourse about which strategies work best when solving these problems.



Final Steps


Monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving. Continue reviewing and evaluating each other’s responses. Show students a variety of responses to a math problem and discuss the errors in reasoning. This will be a powerful strategy and tool for students in building problem solving practice.




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    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    What is TpT ClassFund?


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    TpT ClassFund is a crowdfunding platform that allows every educator to raise funds for the TeachersPayTeachers (TpT) resources they need. You can access more resources through TpT ClassFund today!

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    Thursday, August 8, 2019

    Open Parent Communication Great Teachers Use


    Do you have open communication with parents?

    Do you need strategies for creating positive parent communication?



    This blog post is part of a blog series "6 Things GREAT Teachers Do" that will share teacher tips for using parent communication in your classroom for success. With practical tips and techniques that have been used in the classroom, this will be a helpful series for any teacher looking to create a better communication system.

    Open Parent Communication Great Teachers Use


    Communication with parents is necessary for any classroom to have success. Parents need to know from teachers how well their students are performing behaviorally and academically. Establishing open communication with parents can be done many different ways. Some of the most popular ways to communicate are face-to-face and over the telephone. Regardless of your communication system, maintaining a regular communication with parents is important to having a successful school year.

    What does communication look like in today’s classroom? Here are some examples of how communication with parents can occur in today’s classroom.

    1.   You can contact parents by phone. 


          Make sure you gather the correct phone numbers for parents at the beginning of the school year. After that you can update the phone numbers every quarter. This is also a good time to reach out and make sure all the phone numbers are working. A great phone tip, if you’re not comfortable calling on your personal number, only call from school during school hours. Check with your school policy on phone calls before telling parents your hours of communication by phone. Set the phone call return expectations at the beginning of the school year. Forty-eight hours is a respectable time frame for a professional teacher to return a parent phone call. 

    2.  You can email parents. 

          
          Remember that if you are a public school teacher, your emails to parents are public. Whatever you write in an email must be acceptable to be printed in a newspaper for everyone in your city to read too. So before you press send think, “would this be acceptable to post in the newspaper?” Email is very accessible for people in today's society. Remember to set an email return expectation with parents at the beginning of the school year. Forty-eight hours is a respectable time frame for a professional teacher to return a parent email. 

           3.  You can send home a monthly newsletter. 

          These are great for parents to see the learning objectives, activities, and other important dates for the month. Remember that parents only have a few minutes to read this. Write and highlight only the important information.  

    Do you want the correct email address and phone numbers? Yes!

    Do you want to compile all the information in one spot? Yes! 

    It's easy. Send home with students the Parent Communication Assignment. You will have all of your parent emails and phone numbers in one day! Once you have all the parent contact information, you can save it to a folder in your school email account. This will be easy for you to access during the school year. Access the free Parent Communication Assignment today!

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      Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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      Thursday, August 1, 2019

      First Week of School Math Lesson Plans Upper Elementary

      Are you ready for the first week of school? 

      Do you want to see a set of Upper Elementary Math lesson plans? 

      First Week of School Math Lesson Plans Upper Elementary


      The first week of school doesn't have to be hard. I want to share my lesson plans with you. It's not scripted, but gives an idea of the time frame for you use during a 45 minute to 60 minute math class.


      Included is an outline for each day of math activities to do with the students. It's important to review classroom rules and procedures. Every day there is a different classroom rule or procedure being taught and reviewed. Also included is a list of where to find math activities to help your students the first week or two of school. It's important to set your students up for success! 


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        First Week of School Middle Math Lesson Plans

        Are you ready for the first week of Middle School Math?

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        First Week of School Middle Math Lesson Plans


        The first week of school doesn't have to be hard. I want to help make it easier for you. I'm sharing my first week of school middle math lesson plans. It's not scripted, but gives an idea of the time frame for you use during a 45 minute to 60 minute class period. If you are on block schedule you can use 1.5 days for your block schedule.


        Included is an outline for each day of math activities to do with the students. It's important to review classroom rules and procedures. Every day there is a different classroom rule or procedure being taught and reviewed. Also included is a list of where to find math activities to help your students the first week or two of school. It's important to set your students up for success!



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