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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Math Expresssions Common Core Professional Development Videos

Posted by Tammy Hart in Mathematics

Have you been struggling with the new math adoption? Would you like to see what the program looks like in action? If so, you're in luck!! The Think Central website offers short and to the point, professional development videos and podcasts.

Some available video topics are:

Accessible algorithms; show all totals, new groups above, new groups below

Perimeter and area using the math board

Modeling addition and subtraction with fractions

Place value drawings and secret code cards

Visualizing two-digit numbers

Some available podcast topics are:

Algebraic Thinking-grades k-6

Problem Solving-grades K-6

Number Sense-grades K-2

Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping-grades K-2

Here's how to access videos and podcasts: 

Step 1: Go to your think central dashboard

Step 2: Click on the word, Resources at the top of the page

Step 3: Set the grade level filter for your grade level and the program filter to Math Expressions for videos. Set filters to "all" to view podcasts. 

Step 4: Scroll down to the blue icon with the graduation cap that says Professional Development Video or Podcast. Click on graduation cap to view your options. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

50 Shades of Grades - Report Cards

Posted by Catherine Lake in General

There are as many variations of grading as there are teachers: weighted grading, non-weighted grading, percentages, tests, summative, cumulative, on a curve, dropping the lowest score, counting late work, not counting late work, extra credit, no extra credit. Some teachers use an online gradebook like Aerie, some teachers use a paper and pencil gradebook. The variations go on and on. Our district is on the path to make the grades that are reported...

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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Importance of Mindset

Posted by Catherine Lake in General

Have you heard about the work of Carol Dweck? She is a researcher at Stanford and, along with others, she has discovered some amazing things about the way our attitude and thoughts affect the way our brain grows physically. In a nutshell, students who have what she calls a "growth mindset" are willing to attack difficult problems and to work harder than students with a "fixed mindset". Students with a fixed...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Circles, Clubs, and Centers

Posted by Michelle Boyd in General

Want to switch things up? Bored with the same schedule? Frustrated that your current schedule doesn't allow for Literature Circles/Book Clubs and Math Centers? The following outline is a rotation system that takes place once a day, during one block of time (45 minutes), for a week (5 days): Divide the class into five groups of six or seven students. If you plan on using this time for guided reading or intervention, you will need some homogenous groupings. You only...

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