Saturday, March 25, 2017

#PicCollageChat Shares for Math

Had a #marvelous time moderating the #PicCollageChat 
this week as we shared ideas and resources 
to help engage our Mathematicians with this 
#awesome FREE app!

Here's the padlet of just a few of the 
wonderful shares!

You can also access the chat from Storify
by clicking HERE

Need a direct link to this padlet?
Click HERE
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Connect with me if you have questions!
I'd love to help you!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

PicCollage + Math = Success!

My students LOVE using PicCollage to help them share what they know 
as they create content rich projects about the math skills we're learning!

Join me on 
March 23rd at 6pm CDT
in a Twitter chat to share ideas and activities 
for using PicCollage in your math lessons!

Spoiler Alert:
Lots of freebies ideas and activities to be shared in this chat!
Join in the fun!
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

#edcampmem 2017

Thanks to all the organizer and participants that were so giving of their time and ideas at Sarturday's  #edcampmem this year!

Love making connections and learning new things with people from the area!

If you'd like to see some of the #awesome things shared... check out the padlet that was created to populate links to the shares!
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Have a great day!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PicCollage with Character Traits & Mr. Hatch

Are you a "Mentor Sentence Junkie" like me?
If you've never experienced the joy of using Mentor Sentences, hop over to

Ideas by Jivey

to see what all the fuss is about!
This is the GOOD kind of fuss!

My students have become more confident at noticing things than they were at the beginning of the year AND are better at taking chances
... what's the harm in telling what you notice?
Even if it's that you still notice there's a capital at the beginning and
a punctuation mark at the are noticing something :)

Our Mentor Sentence came from the wonderful book by
Eileen Spinelli, "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch".

It was the perfect book to talk about character traits and 
how the main character changes throughout the story. 
Kim Parker at
Curriculum and Crayons
has a wonderful post with a freebie for documenting
the character traits and what happens in the story to cause Mr. Hatch to change.

I wanted to use some of Kami Butterfield's suggestions for
becoming a #paperless

I had a tech club student snap some photos of the book and
upload them into google slide.
We downloaded her presentation as a pdf and uploaded it to
Seesaw into "Mentor Sentence Martha's" journal.
Students logged into our Seesaw class account and went to 
Mentor Sentence Martha's journal
Clicking on the pdf allowed them to view the presentation of the book my 
tech club student had put together without having to share it with everyone :)

I had my students partner up and read through the book together using
Ms. Parker's suggested stopping points to talk about the character traits
they noticed and what actions in the story led them to think this...

Students were challenged to take a screenshot of the picture that 
depicted Mr. Hatch exhibiting the traits they were calling out.

They uploaded the screenshot to PicCollage on their iPads...
Clipped the picture to show just Mr. Hatch...
Then started adding the character trait words 
to their project.
They did the same for the middle of the story..
And for the end of the story.
Finished projects were added to their Seesaw Learning Journals 
to share with their family and peers to critic and comment on
 in a safe environment! AND I can grade their work
from home using my computer or iPad to access their uploads!
Want more ideas on how to use 
PicCollage with your students?
Click on the picture above to take you to the 
PicCollage Ambassador page where teachers 
are sharing their resources for both Reading and Math ideas!

Let me know if I can help you 
get started with PicCollage in your classroom today!
I'd love to share how versatile this amazing app is with you!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Math Lessons I've Learned

Heading out to share some of the things I've learned with teachers from my district during our PD Day! If you'd like to take a look, I've embedded the slideshow from google slides below!

Do you use Number Talks with your students? Got any resources to share?

Comment below :)

Have a Fabulous Day!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

4NBT6 Division Slideshow

We need some practice with multiple choice questions that require us to think deeper or to use a learned strategy to solve a I'm going to use the tasks in this googleslide show as an "opener" for my math lessons next week...
What do you do to help students use the strategies they are learning?

Friday, November 25, 2016

4.NBT.6 What's Your Strategy for Division?

We're hard at work on division in "The Swamp"...
Some of my kiddos have beautiful handwriting and can keep numbers in line with no problem...However to start with the 'standard' algorithm of long division, I like to give my kiddos grid paper to help them place their numbers. (In reality, it helps direct my eyes to their numbers better...but that would be like admitting that my eyes needed, I say it's for them :)

You can grab this freebie HERE.

After we worked with the 'standard' algorithm, I introduced the "Box Method" and asked the kids to critic the differences/similarities in the two methods... interesting to hear their take on which one they like more, which one has more steps, and which one they plan to use when given the option.
Not familiar with the "Box Method" ...
Check out this YouTube "tutorial"

Download the freebie HERE.

Next week....we're delving into the "Area Method" for division...
Uhmmmm....any shares of activities, resources, or ideas would be 
greatly appreciated!!

Have a wonderful day!