Monday, June 9, 2014

The One With Monday Made It

I am so excited!  This is my first Monday Made It.

As a first grade teacher every time students hand in assignments there are always 1 or 2 students who forget their names.  I'm tired of asking "who's paper is this?" over and over and over.  So I recently found this on Pinterest and fell in love.

 Unfortunately, I cannot find the original source for it.  I've tried to locate it but I have no idea where it came from.  I believe it's linked to Mrs. Brown's Blog but I could not find the post that had the pic.  So if there is no post, there were no directions on how it was made.  So that means I had to get creative.  My favorite thing to do.

If you remember a few posts back I talked about the hoards of scrapbook supplies I have.  So I dug out some scrapbook paper that I liked.  Laid them out and glued them down.  I then found these punch-out letters that I bought from Wal-Mart several years ago.

I glued down the letters then, as you can see, it was huge so I had to cut it to a decent size.  I cute it to 6" x 11"

Then came the part with the clothes pins.  I have a ton of clothes pins.  I use them a lot.  You can get them usually at Dollar Tree.  If they are out (which has happened to me before) head to Wal-Mart.  I found another post on dying clothes pins.  All you need is food coloring (liquid drops... I bet Easter egg dye will work too), 1 tbsp of vinegar and boiling water.  I put this mixture in a jelly jar (minus the jelly, of course) and let the clothes pins sit for about an hour.  Take the clothes pins apart or the metal pieces will tarnish (unless you want an antique look).

While the clothes pins were soaking (sorry no pic), I laminated the paper part and then headed to my local Dollar Tree for some adhesive squares.  Well, just my luck they were out.  However, I did find some gel Super Glue.  

I laid out the clothes pins where I wanted them and then glued them down.

Tah-Dah!  All done.  I will use the poster putty to attach it to the wall.  

Hope you enjoyed my Monday Made It!

Friday, June 6, 2014

The One With The Guided Math Book Study-Chapter 2

Today (a day late...sorry) is the chapter 2 book study of Guided Math by Laney Sammons.  If you would like to start at the beginning, please click here: Chapter 1.

Chapter 2: Using Guided Math to Create a Classroom Environment of Numeracy

This chapter goes over they many different portions that help make up a positive mathematical classroom experience.

In a classroom, students' environments are rich in reading and writing concepts.  As teachers we have word walls, anchor charts, posters, books, journals, and conversations all pertaining to reading and writing.  Laney Sammons says that the same needs to be applied to mathematics instruction.  We can help get there using the Foundations Principles of Guided Math.  I have jazzed up the graphic Sammons used in the book.

These principles are actually adapted from the Guided Reading principles.

There is not a specific way to teach but I have noticed that the traditional way of teaching math was not working.  I noticed I was not able to actually teach to all students.  Some students got it and others didn't.  Well, in a realistic classroom all students are valued and respected.   Teachers need to have the expectations that all students can do math.  There is no more excuse of "this student is just not good at math."

Just like with reading, we need to have a mathematically rich environment.  Your classroom needs to be set up in a way that promotes this kind of environment.  This can be accomplished by using word walls, math focus boards, anchor charts,  math journals, and a space designated for calendar time.  I don't currently use my word wall for math but it is such a great idea.  Since I am moving into a brand new classroom next year I am finding ways that I can make my classroom more mathematically rich.  I have decided to plan a space for a math focus wall.  This wall will include our math vocabulary and other math concepts for the week.

Also, your classroom arrangement plays a huge role in the success of your students.  The classroom needs to be set-up for Guided Math.  The classroom needs appropriate spaces for each part of Guided Math.  It needs to have places for group work and individual work.  Students also need to have access to the supplies and manipulatives they will need to complete their work.  The classroom arrangement can help promote a students' independence.

The home area  can be any area where the students' supplies are kept.  These spaces are using their desks or tables.  Students need to be able to access their supplies quickly and easily.  

The large-group meeting area is a space that the teacher has deemed appropriate for the entire class to be able to take part of the lesson.  This is usually a carpeted area, or any place that is comfortable for the students. 

The small-group area is usually a table that will fit up to 6 students and the teacher.  The small-group area needs to have all the supplies needed to teach the lesson.  The teacher usually has some way of taking notes or to keep records on the students.  This could be a clipboard, binder, or a notebook.

Lastly, Sammons talked about the math workshop area.  This area is a space where the students will work independently.  These spaces could be a desk, table or a place on the floor.  During this time, the teacher will be working with a group of students.

Organization and Storage of Materials

The materials need to be organized in two ways.  One way for teacher use and one way for student use.  The area organized for the teacher is done in a way that the teacher can easily find what he/she needs.  The materials for the students are organized in a way that the students can quickly and quietly get what they need without bothering the teacher.  The student materials can be organized into Steralite containers (usually 97 cents at Walmart).  For students to identify the supplies they need quickly, you could tape a picture or label the side of the container that faces out.  I would suggest not to put the teacher materials in the same space as the student materials.

This was a long chapter full of ideas and plans to make the classroom a mathematically rich environment.   As I'm reading I am finding ways to make my classroom more enriched for math.  Take a look around your room and see what can be changed. We all want our students to be successful.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The One With June Currently

Well June has arrived.  I hope this summer doesn't speed by like it did last year.  However, it didn't help that I taught summer school.

I'm joining Farley @ 
for her June currently.

Listening:  I was listening to Will and Grace.  However, that ended and now I have switched it over to Friends (big surprise!?).  

Loving:  I love being on summer vacation.  It takes me a little time to finally get into not having a lot going on.  I was supposed to be at a training today, tomorrow, and Wednesday but we ended up with a leak in our garage by the water heater.  So instead of making money I'm spending a ton getting a plumber to fix it.  Fantastic!  

Thinking:  I love being able to wake up and just start the day slowly.  It's nice not having a million things to do.  I am able to sit back and think about changes I want to make for next school year... and actually get them done, too!

Wanting:  Well I waited forever it seemed for the plumber, who has now finally shown up.  I'm just hoping the leak is not too bad.  I think it maybe coming from the line coming up through the slab (foundation) but it could be coming from the line that connects to it.  I'm hoping for the latter.

Needing:  This is in connection to my wanting.  We had to shut the water off because the garage was flooding.  We had to go to my parent's house last night so we could take showers.  I'm hoping it gets fixed soon so I can take one today.  We might have to spend the night in a hotel if it is not fixed tonight.  You don't realize how much you need and use water until there isn't any.  We have drinking water but no water for showers, brushing our teeth, cleaning, etc

Summer Bucket List:  
Read!: I'm currently reading Guided Math by Laney Sammons (I am also doing a book study with it, too).  I want to finish reading and implementing it before summer is over.
Clean!: I need to get and keep this house super clean before school starts again.  I never have time at the beginning of the year to keep up with it.
Organize!: I also need to get the house organized.  We received a lot of gifts from the wedding that need to be put away.  I also would like to make our lives easier but getting it really organized.  I think if it's organized (more than it is now) it will make it easier to keep clean at the beginning of the school year.  I would also like to reorganize all my teaching stuff.  Such as my files, books, and papers.  That should help with the beginning of the year chaos, too.

Well, that is it.  Link up with Farley to let me see what you currently have going on!