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Disrupting Thinking
OK...I promised some more sneak peeks of my "Summer of Learning"--and I want you to all get involved!  I am excited to be partnering with Kylene Beers to share her newest book with you!  I have read it and LOVED it--which was no surprise as "Notice and Note" (Also by Beers and Probst) was seriously one of the most influential professional books I have ever read.  I so appreciate it when professional books make me think and push myself to shift my ideas--and both of these books do exactly that.

This newest book is all about preparing our students to read in an ever-changing and challenging world--and how reading should be something that impacts us as human beings and pushes our thinking.  The book is SO easy to read and really helps show what we, as teachers, can do to help instill this sense of "real" reading in our students.

Want to join in?  Here is the plan!
book study

1.  I'm going to give away a copy of the book to a follower.  If I get a ton of entrants, I'll give away two.  If you want to take a closer look, I have put an affiliate link to the book below.  I will announce the winner next Wednesday which will give everyone plenty of time to order the book if you want to read it with the book study.

2.  The schedule is super simple...I will post some "thinker questions" for each of three Wednesdays...June 7, June 14, and June 21.  Chime in on the comments with your "a ha" moments and piggyback off other people's ideas!  My focus will be REAL LIFE classroom applications! 

June 7:  Discuss Part 1
June 14:  Discuss Part 2
June 21:  Discuss Part 3 and the Conclusion

3.  Tune in for an upcoming interview with Kylene Beers herself!  She has been gracious enough to agree to give us some additional insight!  

I am hoping that this book really gets us all thinking about how we want to start our 2017-2018 school year to really provide our students with the absolute best, most powerful reading experiences possible.  Are you interested?  Feel free to enter the giveaway to win your own copy--or grab your own copy if you want to get started early!  It's well worth the $22!  Here's the affiliate link if you are interested.

Want to try to win a copy?  Here you go!  Otherwise--let me know in the comments if you are interested in joining me--and we'll chat about Part 1 on June 7!  Stay tuned for more information about other learning opportunities this summer as well.  If you think you have a friend who might be interested, make sure to let them know too!

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standards for mathematical practice
So I just wanted to share a super quick lesson idea that you might want to try.  It was NOT in my plans, but I saw that a ton of my students made errors on a decimal number line problem and I knew I needed to do something ASAP.  Those Standards for Mathematical Practice are SO important, so I took this opportunity to really give my students some work on critiquing the reasoning of others!

First...I grabbed the pile of papers and divided them into piles of students who got the same or similar answers.  I then grabbed three pages off of different piles to form trios of students who had DIFFERENT responses.
critique the reasoning of others
Why?  I wanted to get them talking!  We have worked hard on creating a climate where students welcome feedback from others and understand the purpose--and it's a good thing because there was a TON of feedback being given!

Their task?  CLEARLY explain why they assigned a certain decimal value to the point on the number line and then be able to defend it when the others ask questions.  The others in the group?  Try to find misconceptions and errors and politely make their point to try to convince others to adjust their answers.

My rule?  No pencils allowed--just highlighters.
standards for mathematical practice
 My reasoning here is that I want students to be ok with being wrong...that FINDING mistakes and misconceptions is the game...not getting the right answer.  With pencils, the temptation to "alter" responses is too great--and it isn't where the learning happens.  I have taught my students about the brain research (If you haven't read Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler RUN to go get it.  I'll throw in an affiliate link at the bottom of this post if you want it.  It is a game changer) that simply making mistakes grows brains.  If you can FIND them, the learning is magnified.  We celebrate them!

I had so much fun walking around and listening to the discussions/explanations/debates and watching students really use their number sense to help their classmates clarify their thinking.  I did this lesson with number lines--but there are a ton of other ways this could be done in other contexts.  It was great to hear the students really using their decimal knowledge to explain how they used benchmark numbers and divided their number lines into different segments.  Like it? Give it a try!
critique the reasoning of others
If you are looking for number line resources, here are the three I have at this time.  Each is separately linked to this posting as well.

But wait!  Have you heard?  It's the big Teacher Appreciation Sale tomorrow and Wednesday!  My entire store (yes, bundles too!) is on sale.  Don't forget to use the code "THANKYOU17" when you check out!  I really and truly do appreciate each of you and can't wait to finish out this school year with a bang.  Want to shop around? Just click the image below.  Want to pin this post for later?  See the pin image below.
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And last but not least...the AMAZING book by Jo Boaler...some of the best $12 I've ever spent.  For real.

webinars PD and FB live for teachers

I. Am. So. Excited.

I still have a ton of school left...and you may too...but I know the school year is wrapping up for many of you.  I have been hard at work planning a wonderful summer of learning for me--and you!  Because some of the fun is starting soon, I thought I'd give you a little sneak peak!

First of all, one of the first things I am doing this summer is hosting a book study on a brand new book by two of my favorite experts, Kylene Beers and Robert Probst.  Watch for a post with more details later this week where I will be giving away a few copies to kick it off!  I'm super excited as well that Kylene Beers has graciously offered to speak with me to give me some additional insight about this exciting text.  Stay tuned!

As the summer goes on, I will showcase several other professional books that I think might get you thinking as well.  So what else do I have in mind?
teaching webinars and pd
Well, to begin, I am SO EXCITED about a series of webinars that I am working on for this summer--all focused on different math content to help you get motivated to try some new things in your classroom!  Fractions...problem-solving...place value...writing quality units and weekly plans--and more!  I hope you find them helpful and meaningful.  I will offer them multiple times throughout the summer and they are all FREE!  Watch for details coming later in May.  I hope you will be able to join me.

Although I don't love being on video, I also have a number of Facebook Live videos planned this summer to bring some other ideas and resources to you as well as opportunities for Q and A and more!

Watch all summer long for new blog posts, children's book reviews, giveaways and more!  I can't wait to share new books, ideas, and suggestions with you all summer long.  Check back soon for more!

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teaching webinars and FB live

Looking for an easy math lesson idea to help you get some much-needed one-on-one time or small group time with students?  See what you think...
 I always have a pocket chart or two on my wall where I keep word problems or other challenges at all times.  I can change these out to be more seasonal, to be more review, or to match the topic we are studying.  In this case, I loaded up this anchor chart with some Earth Day problems!
It's testing season so I am having to switch my schedule all around and squeeze in math throughout the day.  One thing that helps me do this is having a ready supply of challenges ready to roll so students can work cooperatively and I am freed up to pull small groups for coaching.  Those "wall problems" sure come in handy!  Right now we are wrapping up our big division unit, and I still have a large handful of students who really need some one-on-one coaching.  While I pulled them today, I let the others work on these fun Earth Day problems--which were quite challenging for them!

My only direction was that I wanted them to work ALONE to try solving the problems first--
--and then to partner up to compare NOT JUST ANSWERS, but strategies as well.  I encouraged them to "teach" the partner the strategy they used so they could see a new way of solving the problem--and you should have HEARD the discussions!  It was super cool to see some groups really putting their heads together and studying each other's notebooks.  I heard things like...

"I never thought about that!"


"Your work is so organized!"


"I can't believe you were right--I was positive I was!"


"Never mind--I totally see what you did now."

We spent about 30 minutes working on problem-solving and it allowed me to meet with 1 small group and 8 individual students for error analysis on their exit slips!  (Not sure what I mean by this?  When I give an exit or entrance slip, I quickly sort into "got it" and "oh boy" and then pull students to study their work.  If they are making careless errors, I ask them to "proofread" and try to find their errors.  If they are struggling with the content, I reteach them either one-on-one or in a small group.)  I love having these slips handy for whatever I'm teaching...they really help me keep taking the temperature of the class in only a few minutes!  Click the image below to learn more.  Interested in the Earth Day problems?  Click any other image or RIGHT HERE.
division assessment

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gradual release of responsibility
Today is my day to blog over at Upper Elementary Snapshots, and I'm talking about how I really used the Gradual Release of Responsibility model to teach my students about improving their summaries...summaries are SO hard for students to do well, so it took a lot of time, a lot of modeling, and a lot of patience!  Just click the image to take you there if you want to see more!

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gradual release

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