This school year, I’ll be creating and posting 170 brand new Esti-Mysteries. I’ll be posting a new one nearly every day for the rest of the school year – just like last year. The purpose is the same as last year: Sharing math joy with you all year long!
To date, I’ve created 101 estimation clipboards. They are very fun and easy to use – and your student will love them! They are also a very exciting and powerful way to build number sense. As I create more, I will post them here.
Welcome to Splat! You are only moments away from a VERY POWERFUL, highly interactive number sense strategy that can be used at any grade level!
This post includes 50 (fifty!) free, downloadable PowerPoint math lessons!
BIG NEWS!!! Today is the official release date of The Writing on the Classroom Wall! Standing in my classroom in 1997, I was struck with a truth that was so unexpected and so important that I posted it on the wall of the classroom. Then I turned to the students and taught them what it…Read More
Color. It’s the natural extension to the series that begin with Provide Massive Space to Notice. So, after 180 Opportunities to Notice and How to Create 9 Identical Dot Patterns in 10 Seconds or Less, I’m adding 2 new templates. This time, the circles are blank, so students can use color to record their observations.…Read More
Wow! What a response to the last 2 posts! In Provide Massive Space to Notice, I detailed how to use repeated dot patterns. In 180 Opportunities to Notice, I simply provided 10 pages of dot patterns that can be downloaded. In this post, I would like to give you 2 templates that will allow you to…Read More
In my previous post, Provide Massive Space to Notice, I described how to repeatedly use the same dot pattern to promote noticing. In this post, I would simply like to give you 10 pages of dot patterns which you can download and use with your students. The purpose is to promote a wide variety of…Read More
Give students several copies of the same image – along with ample space to notice – and they will amaze you. In this post, you’ll be taken on a tour of noticing. At the end of the video, you’ll find a page which you can download and use with your students. I encourage you to show…Read More
In Scene 6, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, two teachers decide that they want to learn together, even when they is no learning walk scheduled. So, they bring their students into one classroom in order to learn together. For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically happen, see the…Read More
In Scene 5, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the observers in the hallway decide to step into the classroom a second time to briefly view the teaming exchange. If they look closely enough, they will begin to see possibilities for learning alongside other educators even when learning walks are not scheduled. For more information with…Read More
In Scene 4, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the classroom teacher has arranged for a teaming exchange, an opportunity to briefly teach together as part of the exchange. For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically happen, see the recent blog post entitled, “Stepping Into Each Other’s Classrooms.” The…Read More
In Scene 3, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the classroom teacher detects two rare and powerful opportunities. Instead of exchanging places, the teacher returns in a different way to take advantage of those two opportunities. For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically happen, see the recent blog post…Read More
In Scene 2, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the observers return to the classroom, but they are now ready to try something new in order to make the experience even more powerful for everyone. So they try out “The Exchange.” For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically…Read More
In less than 2 minutes, I would like to paint a picture of a peer learning walk. My hope is that you will begin to consider this practice and that you will soon find yourself seeing instructional practices in another classroom, and then trying those practices in your own room where they will be valuable to…Read More
Powerful instructional practices are occurring all around us. Sometimes those practices are in classrooms only a few feet away from us. So very close. There may be teachers just a few moments down the hallway who are using highly effective strategies that could quickly empower our own instruction and positively impact our students. We know…Read More