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!
Made with Padlet
Have a great day!
Heidi

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 end...you 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 classroom...so...

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 task....so 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 help....so, 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!

Heidi

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Seesaw Helps Students Connect to Share the Learning!



Are you participating in the Global Math Task Twitter Challenge
My student LOVE sharing strategies for solutions to the new 24 challenge this year!
Each week, @globalmathtask sends out 4 numbers. The goal is to find as many equations as possible that equal 24 when you add, subtract, multiply, or divide the four numbers on the tweet.
Students upload their thinking strategies to their Seesaw Journal. 
Then I can share the link to their post on Twitter. 

It's a win-win.... parents are connected with their student's learning journal and can get notifications when they add something into their folder. I, as the teacher, approve everything BEFORE it's posted so I can ask questions if I'm not clear on what the student is trying to share.

— Swamp Frog Kids (@swampfrogkids) October 4, 2016


Join in the fun and share the learning!
Do a search in Twitter for #gmttc24 or follow @globalmathtask to find the
tweeted numbers each week!
Then share out!
Follow my class @swampfrogkids and tag us in your shares!
We love to learn from others to find new strategies and solutions!

Not using Seesaw Learning Journal yet?
Scan my qr code or follow the link below.
It's a FREE resource that works on all devices and computers!
I'd be happy to share more about this awesome program with you!



Let me know if you need help getting going - I think you'll love it.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Join me for a Webinar on Technology




Looking forward to sharing about some of the 
technology resources I use in my classroom today 
on 

Join in the fun!
Let me know if you have any questions!

Enjoy your day!
Heidi