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!


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 

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

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Napier Bones ~ A Multiplication Strategy for Large Numbers

I LOVE finding math tools that will help my students have fun and create
a sense of wonder as they use them.

Napier Bones are going to be a great way
to add some practice into our 
Multiplication of Large numbers this year.

Hop over to my TpT Store for a free download!

Getting ready to head to Louisiana this week for 
the Whole Brain Teaching Conference!
Be sure to follow me on social media for 
some "on the spot shares".

I'm kind of enjoying snapchat...
here's my snapcode if you're 
interested in following along on the journey
to learning the new WBT invincible character traits!

I'm also hosting a Google Hangout on Air
Edcamp Global 
July 30, 2016
6p -7p CST
I'll be sharing some Engaging & Effective Apps
to use with your class this year to

then at 7pm CST
Join Beverly Ladd and I for a Twitter Chat
on the 
Global Math Task Twitter Challenge
just follow 
on Twitter

Two more weeks before we head back to school...
Where did the summer days go?
Looking forward to meeting my 
new frogs and embarking on a new journey this year!
Enjoy your day!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Engaging and Effective Apps TETA Summer Institute Workshop

Excited to share some ways to use
Engaging and Effective Apps 
at the Teacher Day
for TETA Empowering Connections
Summer Institute in 
Collierville, TN

Here's a copy of the presentation...
Let me know if you have any questions!
I'm super excited to use
Remind and Seesaw in my class this year!
I'd be happy to help you set them up in your class too!
Want to use Seesaw Plus for free? 
Sign up with my link and get 1 extra month of Seesaw Plus!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions :)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Are You Ready? (giveaway spoiler alert)

Are you ready for Back to School?
How about Amazon Prime Day?
I LOVE Amazon Prime!
If I need a book for Mentor Sentences, 
I can usually get it within 2 days!
And shipping is usually free! 

One of our first Mentor Sentence Books this year will be

Check out "Ideas by Jivey"
to see her fabulous Mentor Sentence Units
on TpT
Ideas by Jivey

Are you ready to
Stay Positive and Enjoy Teaching
I think I am...but just to make sure
I'm joining in the fun of an ONLINE book study
with Angela Watson
Hop over and check it out.
You can ask to join!

Staying positive and encouraging to others is my
NUMBER ONE goal this year!
along with staying organized

....which bring me to my next question...

Are you ready to start Planning?
Meet my new (hopefully organized) teaching planner!
Don't freak out about the price listed on 
Click on the link to check out the product!
Then (if you like it) head to 
Michaels or Hobby Lobby 
and use a 40% coupon 
to pick one up for yourself!
So far....I'm loving the versatility and ability to 
add pages and folders and cutesy it up!

In reality, I use
to create and share plans with my team.
However, you can print those plans out and 
punch them to put in the 
Happy Teacher Teaching planner
I also LOVE the pages that will allow
for me to keep notes when my team meets to 
talk about what skills we're hitting on 
which days!
See I'm NOT really an organized person by nature
but I'm trying!

Are you ready to Be Engaging?
I've always love learning! 
So I am prepping to join in the fun 
with the hundreds of other peeps 
heading to the Whole Brain Teaching
Louisiana Conference next week!
Have you read Coach B's book?
Totally worth the time!
There's also a TON of free items to go with the 
....I'll post more about our trip and ways
to implement Whole Brain Teaching in your
room later this month!

Are you ready for a GiveAway?
I'm giving away the first book in 
The Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment 
in a new book series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, 
two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book 
and soon find themselves enrolled as 
members of a very special and exclusive club - 
The Dragon of the Month Club.

You can read an excerpt from the book HERE
Kind of reminded my students of
The Magic Treehouse series...
but they loved the dragons in the story and
felt the adventure was "pretty good".
(Which is a great review coming from 
a fourth grader at the end of the school year :)

I'm giving away a copy of the
first book... just leave a comment below to
let me know when you head back to school and
if you're planning on doing something fun this year!

Enjoy your day!
and don't forget to hop over to
Amazon Prime Day
and check out some of the great deals to be caught :)