Feb
7
2015

OKMath Quotables: Here and Now

The mind is never passive; it is a perpetual activity, delicate, receptive, responsive to stimulus. You cannot postpone its life until you have sharpened it. Whatever interest attaches to your subject-matter must be evoked here and now; whatever powers you are strengthening in the pupil, must be exercised here and now; whatever possibilities of mental […]

Feb
4
2015

Hilldale Elementary School

Hilldale Elementary is quite an inspirational school. Kayla Hindman, the Early Education Director, went to see what they were doing in the reading areas and told me I “HAD” to go see what they were doing with math. A few emails later and I was visiting with camera in hand. If you have wondered what […]

Feb
2
2015

Math Teaching Practice 2

[This post is a part of series on the Eight Mathematics Teaching Practices. If you haven’t had a chance to get to know the Eight Mathematics Teaching Practices, start with an introduction here. You can check out Practice 1 here. We also did a survey about the Teacher and Student Actions you can read about […]

Feb
1
2015

Monday Math Minute (Feb. 2, 2015)

Ever find yourself without just the right manipulatives for math centers? Legos can create perfect learning opportunities along with fun at the same time! http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/12/using-lego-build-math-concepts Don’t just stop with these activities. Let your imagination go CrAzY!!!

Jan
28
2015

Gliding Through Science on Math Wings

Elementary teachers teach it all. Even if you are departmentalized, you work extremely close to your partner teacher and plan integrated lessons. Why not? Science and Math naturally go hand-in-hand. Science is the place in the students’ “now” where they can use the math they are learning. This definitely¬†translates into me having to learn more […]

Jan
28
2015

Figure Me Out

Apple by Stephen JB Thomas from The Noun Project

I have a new obsession…. have you met Thinglink? You can make images interactive…the possibilities are blowing my mind! Below is a picture of a bulletin board in Mrs. Winthers class. I uploaded the photo onto the website and clicked on the picture, much like tagging a picture in Facebook, and I typed in more […]

Jan
27
2015

OKMath 2014 Survey Responses

Here’s how I like to explain it… I had this crazy idea to send out an enormous survey and somehow there were over 100 crazy math teachers in Oklahoma who actually filled it out! Like Jeff Lay, Anthony Purcell, and so many others, I fell in love with NCTM’s Principles to Actions (link) almost immediately. […]

Jan
20
2015

Making Math Centers Work For You

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Edmond Public School’s Elementary Math Content Specialist Robbyn Glinsmann Edmond Public School’s Elementary Math Content Specialist Robbyn Glinsmann has spent this year supporting her teachers with implementing math centers. She graciously agreed to share her trainings and ideas with us and then took us into classrooms to show the very different styles the teachers adapted […]

Dec
16
2014

Coordinate Grid Word Wall

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 […]