Dec
16
2014

Coordinate Grid Word Wall

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Is this not the coolest math word wall idea? Mr. Allen is a fourth grade teacher at Lee Elementary in Oklahoma City. He has his word wall set up as a coordinate grid. When he refers to a word on the word wall, he uses its location, as an ordered pair, to help the students […]

Nov
13
2014

PASS Plus Resources ~ Elementary

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The long awaited resources… … well long if you were in one of the first sessions. Not so much if yours was this week! The tour is almost over. It is bittersweet to know we are wrapping up the PASS Plus Academies. It has been an amazing journey meeting educators around the state. You are […]

Oct
16
2014

Oklahoma Teacher Created Math Tasks

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We are currently doing workshops for Math and ELA across the state. One of the goals for my 3rd – 5th Grade Math session is that teachers work together to create Math Tasks that Promote Real Problem Solving and Reasoning. Once the workshops are over in November, I will focus on getting them all in […]

Sep
17
2014

Vertical Alignment Teacher Created Guides for Elementary

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This is another composition of the resources teachers created this summer. Where the companion guides are centered around one grade level, the focus of these is the vertical alignment. *If you downloaded any of the companion guides or vertical alignment pdfs for 5th grade before 10/3/2014, you will have a mistake on standard 1.3. It […]

Sep
11
2014

Meaningful Math Connections Through Literature

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“Connect math to real world experiences.” We hear that all the time. All we have to do is think about the most memorable moments in our own learning to realize it was the ideas excited us that got our attention, but it was the concepts and lesson that made sense in our own world, to […]

Sep
2
2014

Math Teaching Practice 1

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[If you haven’t had a chance to get to know the Eight Mathematics Teaching Practices, start with an introduction here.] One of the things I really started wrapping my head around while I was writing math lessons at the K20 Center was the power of the narrative. As a teacher, I did not really convey […]