I was super bummed that I didn't get to jump in on
one of my favorite summer linkys last week.
I'm joinin' two of my favorite blogs,
for Tune into Technology.
As you can see by the button, this week's topic is:
Integrating Technology into Math
I do A LOT of Math in my class.
TWO HOURS worth of Math...
My kids do not do Math homework.
Yes, you read that right.
I haven't done Math homework in my room
for two years and it's worked out great, but
that's a whole other post.
I do Math first thing every mornin'.
I call my kiddos over to my carpet area and they
spread out on the floor with their Math textbooks and binders...
with a perfect view to our SMARTboard.
After we do a whole group lesson,
I split my kids into five flexible Math groups.
1) Desktop computers
2) iPads or laptops
3) Math games on the carpet
4) Small group at my teacher table
5) Independent/Group work
One of the things that I did last year was Math Journals
Since we moved to online Math standardized testin'
a few years ago in Florida,
I thought it would be important to add in a component
this year for my students to be able to reply
to a Math journal prompt electronically.
I have battled back in forth between usin' a Google Doc
or just havin' them respond via email or Edmodo to me.
We use Edmodo daily for assignments, but I think my 5th graders
need more practice with emailin'.
Each student in my district has their own email address.
I think it's good to switch up the programs you use often...or
the kids get bored with the same thing over and over.
I am pretty sure I'm goin' to try out the email first.
I can send out an email to each student and
they can send me a reply with their written/typed response.
This gives me the opportunity to add a comment back to them
without everyone else seein' what I've got to say.
Of course this is true with Edmodo too, but
like I said before...change is good.
I can use this idea in the desktop computer, laptop, or iPad centers.
These are the Math journals I use and what I wrote last year:
I got the Math Journals from K-5 Math Teaching Resources.
They have journals for each grade level for purchase.
They are Common Core aligned and
so far I am really enjoying them.
I have the journal entry written
I have the journal entry written
in my lesson plans on my Planbook.
I project this on my SMARTboard which is
located in front of my teacher table.
The kids copy the question and write an answer.
After they are finished, they share the response with their group.
Now I can draft a few group emails to go out
when I'm writin' my lesson plans.
Also, I plan to keep usin' the followin' Math programs for home/school:
1) Study Jams Math-I use these little lessons and videos often
I use this list to keep help me plan and
keep track of what we have watched.
2) Ten Marks-I love that I can go in and assign
whatever skill or standard we
are currently workin' on.
3) XtraMath-Great for basic math fact practice
and the kids love earnin'
the certificates from this program.
4) Learnzillion-Common Core aligned
5) Scootpad-individualized for each student.
6) Successmaker-the program my county uses for
Math & Reading.
7) Sumdog-the kids LOVE this site and really get into
the competitions they offer.
I also use a bazillion iPad apps...too many to list today.
I can't wait to see what new stuff is out there
that I need to be doin' also!
I wish there was more time in the day.
Happy Tuesday, friends!