This year our school is preparing children to set goals as well as to develop and action plan they are going to execute to achieve their specific goal to master their measured skilled. I currently teach third grade and yes sometimes my students get overwhelmed with all these new topics, skills, strategies, and changes because it is new to them and they have not being exposed to think. I always remind my students that we are not perfect and that we all learn from our mistakes. The important thing is to look back and reflect
- what did I do wrong?
- How can I do better?
- What can I do to do better?
As educators we need to guide our students on how to fix their misconceptions, so they can be the best they can. Also, we will be teaching them to set and achieve goals, which we need to develop that skill so we can be successful in live as well as to look back and think what I am doing wrong and how can I improve?
In all my lessons I introduce the standard, learning target, and through out the lesson I point out the strategies we are doing and I also asked them questions. I am teaching my students to take notes, to reflect, as well as to go back and use their notes as reference.
For the past two weeks I am teaching my students to set goals as well as to develop an action plan. We brainstorm as a class and they came up with a lot of great suggestions.
I am posting some great resources that I found on-line for the kids to use for their action plan to master their specific goal.
This year my students are a little challenging but that is ok. I always find different strategies to teach them. I am always looking for resources and modifying then to their needs. I am strong believer that all students can learn when you are challenging them and working at their level as well as moving the students forward. I know that teaching is and can be challenging but when I see my students engage during the lesson and understanding a topic I think is worth it.
In the month of February we started on our unit on Fractions. The common errors or misconceptions that I saw with my students was that a few of them were not able to show me different possible ways on partitioning a whole into different ways because they were lacking the concept of symmetry. We are still working on that and I am incorporating art so they can be able to draw.
I do a lot of hands on activities with my students and I use a lot of modeling and guiding with my students. Also, the students are in groups and most of the help each other. In addition, we are also working on evaluating and criticizing each other work. I pick my students strategically and then I will ask do agree or disagree with her and why. They have to tell me why. Also, we are learning to self correct our work. The first thing I did was I model and guide them through the process step by step and I would do a lot of think alouds.
I am also teaching my students to look for key words when we are working on word problems. I also use this graphic organizer with them.
|| what is the problem asking you to do?
| what is given to you?
|| Plan: How are you going to solve the problem
Show me and explain step by step
This graphic organizer has helped the students on analyzing as well as solving the word problem.
This are some resources for the unit on fractions:
This school year has been very interesting and exciting at the same time. Yes, sometimes my class can be challenging but I have people in my life that give me support and great advice to continue on. This year our school is sending the teachers into training. We have Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) and Core Instructional Model (CIM). Even though the two programs are different they have some commonalities. Both programs are preparing us to lesson plan and to involve children in the process of self-evaluation.
More and more I am called to think about the term self-evaluation. I think that during this process educators should spend their time assess their teaching, strategies, and students activities. As an educator I am not afraid to take risks, I am not afraid that my lessons may not be received well with my students, I am not afraid to change or rethink my lesson plans, and most of all I am not afraid that my lesson plans may not be a ten or even a nine in the end. I say this because I believe as a an educator we must first seek ourselves and look into the mirror and ask, “Am I doing everything I can for my students?”
I do not get offended or discourage when my students do not understand the topic that I am teaching or when they give me their puzzled face. Instead I take my lesson into a different direction. I always try my best to execute a lesson that will encourage all my students to be engaged in the lesson and not being afraid to take risk. I have come to the conclusion that if we examine ourselves and make changes then, our students will be more comfortable on asking questions. Then, we will see that our students are making an effort to learn and we will be able to notice the changes.
Two weeks ago we had a meeting with CIM and CMAST. The topics that we were instructed on were on assessment. I agree that students should be involved in the assessment progress and they should evaluate their work and at the same time they can make some goals, so that way they would have a clear picture of the skills or topics they need to work on. My students are able to point out there areas of need and what to do in order to achieve success. They are able to do this because they had the experience of evaluating themselves in second grade and were doing the same procedures in third grade.
This week I had an epiphany on how to create an evaluation sheet. During art class the students were talking about wizard hats as well as about how to obtain stars for their hats. I thought that was a brilliant idea to have. I decided to instruct the children to do a wizard hat and to decorated. I am going to use the hats for math if the students score a for on the rubric they will be called math wizards and they will get a star on their hat. In addition, the students came up with the expectations of becoming a math wizard. These are their responses:
- solve by the problem by yourself and do not give up
- know all mathematical operations
- look at the problem and read it
- re-read it and look for key terms
- look for what the problem is asking for
- draw a picture, symbols, and equation to solve the problem
- use strategies
- know vocabulary
- justify your answer
I was very happy because the students came up with their own expectations. When I read the students responses I noticed that their expectations of becoming a math wizard align with the Mathematical Practices.
I have link some great websites and a video to demonstrate how to incorporate the MPS into the lesson.
CLICK HERE- FOR MATHEMATICAL PRACTICES