Since elementary teachers have special circumstances to deal with concerning the use of technology, I thought we could meet here to talk and to share ideas for 2.0 integration.
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I am very excited to have located Dr. Paul Shoecraft and his Move It, Math program after having lost touch for many years! I would like to share with you my personal experience with Dr. Shoecraft and Move It Math when I was an elementary teacher:
I was teaching first grade in a private school in Victoria, Texas, when the mother of one of my students came to me to tell me about a fantastic math program. She was taking a graduate level course at the University of Houston in Victoria, Texas, and one of her classes was being taught by Paul Shoecraft. She could not have been more excited about what she was learning, and she urged me to contact him to find out about his math program.
I called Dr. Shoecraft at the university and told him that this parent had urged me to learn more about his program. He stated that he was going to visit the site of a math pilot project taking place in Port O'Connor, Texas, in a few days and invited me to accompany him. I did, and I am so glad!
We arrived at the school in Port O'Connor and entered a very large classroom/lab. There were no student desks, just math centers set up around the perimeter and down the center of the room. A fifth grade student was stationed at each center to act as facilitator, and small groups of KINDERGARTEN children were rotating through the centers.
A sort of clothesline was strung around the perimeter of the room above the math centers. Hanging from this line were many samples of the kindergartner's Monster Math problems. The Monster Math problem you see here is actually much simpler and smaller than those I observed that day! These children were successfully - and excitedly - doing addition, correctly, with answers in the millions!
Here is avideo of some 6-year-olds performing this kind of math as a demonstration at the Texas State Legislature!
As they say on television commercials, "But that's not all!" I continued to be astounded as I watched these five-year-olds go through the various math centers adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, doing Geometry (determining the area and perimeter of irregular polygons), Algebra (yes, solving for x), Graphing Coordinates, working with Fractions (converting fractions to decimals and vice versa; adding and subtracting mixed fractions; and more). They were developing their number concepts by working not only in Base Ten, but adding and subtracting in Bases 2, 3 and 4! And there was more!
I decided to immediately take this to my first graders. I bought Dr. Shoecraft's books, Math Games & Activities, Volumes I and II; I purchased balance beams, geoboards, and Unix cubes, and I took this math to my classroom. All the games I made using the templates provided in the books, and we had many games. Very soon my first graders were doing all this math, and they loved it! They were so very proud of themselves, and they walked around with their heads held high feeling like they were Einsteins!
I used this math not only in teaching first grade, but continued to implement it when later teaching fourth and fifth grade. This program makes math fun and exciting. It completely eliminates the "fear of math" which is so pervasive in our society.
Now, I have found him again, and I am delighted to be able to bring this fantastic math program to teachers everywhere!
The first new MOVE IT, Math Institute is being held in Las Vegas on January 28 and 29. Please join us, and share this with your colleagues. Thank you.
Anne Shaw, Director@21stCenturySchools.com
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Doing a Holidays Around the World Research with 5th graders in Illinois. Anyone looking to collaborate?
Check out Hungry Teacher's new lessons. I can't wait to teach 'Spotify vs. iTunes'. 'The Wheels on the Bus are Round? looks promising as well.
Spotify vs. iTunes:
Math, music, and an important decision to make.
Mathematical Domains: Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Functions, Expressions and Equations
Topics: Unit Rates, Systems of Linear Equations, Graphing, Discrete Functions, Linear Functions
Grade Level(s): Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth
Duration: Approximately 1 to 2 hours
Resource: Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, PDF, Activities.
The Wheels on the Bus are Round?:
The Triangles on the bus go round and round?
Mathematical Domains: Measurement and Data, Geometry, Numbers and Operations,
Topics: Perimeter, Rates, Graphing, Volume,
Grade Level(s): Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth
Duration: Approximately 1 to 2 hours
Resource: Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, PDF, Activities.http://hungryteacher.com
I opened my day with Dan Meyer's, Coupon Comparison and finished with Hungry Teacher's, The More Money the More Problems. My students and their parents are excited about these lessons. They are interesting and challenging. My students are thriving off of this style of lesson. I know I sound like a broken record, but Mathalicious, Dan Meyer, and Hungry Teacher are creating great lessons. The nice thing about these lessons is the that they can be used as openers, discussion pieces, extensions, lessons, or flipped class topics. Try them out. Let me know what you think.
Another great lesson!! Check out 'Mathionary'. Teaching mathematics with a Dictionary? It can be done. Mathematical Domains: The Number System, Measurement and Data Topics: fractions, percents, decimals, graphing, measurement Grade Level(s): Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth Duration: Approximately 1-2 hours
Again if you haven't tried 'The Frankenstein Project', give it a shot. My students loved this lesson. I can't wait to see what HT has in store for us next. Our school is also using the Dan Meyer 'Taco Truck' lesson to teach...
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