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Math to Math Connections

As a former classroom teacher, I have studied, taught, lived, and breathed reading connections: text to text, text to self, text to world, and at GCS we have added text to media. Reading material connects with other reading material, people and events. When we help students make  connections, they comprehend and remember more about their reading.

For the last two weeks I”d been busy teaching Math Camp. My kids were struggling with area. We modeled area with manipulatives, we drew models on graph paper, we defined area in our own words, found the area of the ceiling, floor, and walls by counting the SQUARES that made up these pieces,  and we found the area of our white board  (I was  cutting hundreds of little squares at 7:30 am).  But we couldn’t transition this info to real world problems. Continue reading “Math to Math Connections”

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The Power of Praise

I was doing my bi-annual dusting (don’t ask). I fluffed my feather duster over the myriad of trophies in my sons’ rooms … trophies for soccer, basketball, ice-hockey, canoeing, t-ball. You name it, they got a trophy for it. Participation trophies. Just for showing up. One year EVERY kid on my son’s hockey team got the MVP trophy.

EVERYONE.

How does that work?

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A Few of my Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

One of my favorite things about education is researching.

I love the thrill of the hunt when I am on the trail of a fabulous new activity or teaching method. Over the years I have discovered  many valuable resources. Below are a few of my favorite resources. Get a cup of coffee (in Australian, a cuppa, throwback to my friend Maxine Driscoll), click on a few links and learn a little! I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite things.

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