Saturday, June 29, 2013

Exciting new book study

A fellow math teacher posted in her blog that she wanted to do a book study of Minds on Mathematics Using Math Workshop to Develop Deep Understanding in Grades 4-8. by Wendy Ward Hoffer.  Excited about the title, I quickly went to Amazon and, after reading the description, I couldn't wait to get started.  The premise of the book is that the reader's workshop model that is used in so many ELA classrooms, can also be used in the mathematics classroom.  Furthermore, many of the reading strategies that are taught in reader's workshop can be used in by students in math to take students beyond correct answers and to deepen their understanding of math concepts.

I am truly looking forward to getting started with this book study and can't wait to see how I can incorporate this into my classroom in the fall.  I know this is really going to have a profound impact on how I approach my class next year.

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For the love of good teaching,


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Here we go...

This will be our last week of school.  My last week with some of the most precious kids I've had.  Our last week is filled with semester exams, so our week will be rather subdued.  On the one hand, I wish there was something fun I could do with them, on the other, I know how easily they can get "wild" and difficult to control so the exams keep the kids somewhat focused.

My son is in the 6th grade this year, I get to see him frequently throughout the day.  Next year he'll be in a different part of the building so I won't see him as much.  He's the baby, so his growing up and moving on is a sad reality :(

I'm looking forward to summer.  I have a huge to-do list; one that's probably more than I can reasonably do, but I'm going to try.  Here's to time spent with the kiddos and getting ready for next year!