Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I could not find any chevron alphabet posters/cards for my classroom so I created my own. Click the link to download for free! :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

For My New Classroom Set Up

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I Love Welcome Work
I don't know what I'd do without welcome work. After my students come back from Lunch welcome work is always sitting on their desks ready to be completed. It gets their brains working, helps them to remember what they learned the day before, and gives me a minute to make sure everything is set up for our whole group math lesson. In lieu of my district using the free/accessible to the public  EngageNY Math Common Core Curriculum next year (Thanks NY!) I also decided to create related welcome work printables. Module 1 Lessons 1-5 is available for free in my TPT Store.
I tested one of the pages out with one of my tutoring students today. :) The 1.5 in the top right hand corner let me know that this worksheet corresponded with Module 1 Lesson 5 and it was simple enough for her to read the directions and complete on her own ... which was exactly what I wanted!
My goal is to complete a whole set of Module 1 Smartboard Lessons and Printables by the end of the month. Wish me luck!

EngageNY Math
Next year my school district is having everyone switch over to the EngageNY Math Common Core Curriculum. I started using it the second half of last year because I knew that and wanted to get a feel for it so I could start this year strong. Unfortunately, I felt that there were some gaps. Our previous curriculum allowed us to introduce lessons to my students via the Smartboard and interactive activities. Since EngageNY does not have that I was constantly switching between websites like BrainPopJr. for math videos and TES-Math for games. I also had to unplug the cord from my laptop and plug in my DocCam to show the students an eample of how to do their Problem Sets. After enough frustration, I decided that over Summer break I would make Smartboard Lessons.
 I included links to several lessons/games to use on the computer or Smartboard.
I listed materials needed for the teacher and students for Concept Development.
I copied the Application Problem for students to do on their individual whiteboards and added interactive materials (in this case a pencil <infinity cloner> that can be used for demonstration on the Smartboard).
I also added screenshots of the Problem Sets for modeling ... and much more!