Monday, March 4, 2013

Bits and Pieces

Hello Everyone!  Happy Monday to all of you!  

Today was the big day--the fraction assessment!  As those of you who have been following know, a great deal of time has been spent digging into fractions over the last month or so.  We have been investigating, thinking, reasoning--and today we had to measure how far we had come.

The good news?  No surprises.  Students performed exactly as I thought they would based on their classroom performance, their exit slips, their small group work, and their one-on-one coaching.  The bad news?  Not everyone is at 100% mastery of all the concepts.  So now a plan to reach those last few kiddos must be crafted!

For those of you who have asked, I will now begin working on the fraction unit and hope to have it in a decent form in the next few weeks.  I assume you want meat--no fluff, right?  No cute ladybugs or rainbow graphics?  I hope not!  I am hoping to keep it real...keep it easy to use...and get it done for you soon.

A few other updates of interest.  I am working on a set of literature "pausing points" which will be familiar if you own any of my novel units or my historical fiction unit.  These pausing points are written reflection questions that can be used with any text and are completely Common Core aligned.  I am hoping to have those in my store by Thursday--which is great because that is the start of my THANK YOU SALE!  Seriously . . . I have been overwhelmed by the warmth of my blog followers and others on Pinterest, Twitter, and Teachers Pay Teachers.  I have watched my numbers grow steadily, and I just want you all to know how much it means to me!  Because of that, I am offering 15% off everything in my store Thursday through Saturday for those of you who might be thinking of buying something.  I am also updating my "to do" list, so if any of you have any product needs--problem sets, etc that would make your life easier, now would be the time to let me know!

One more thing...from time to time I like to share a professional resource that I think you all might like.  This is one I have dabbled with a little bit this year, but I want to really dig in next year.  As you know, I firmly believe that students need to "construct" meaning whenever possible.  This book is geared toward helping us help students "construct" meaning with punctuation!  It is an easy (and short!) read with ready-to-implement ideas!  If you are interested in trying to teach punctuation in a more meaningful way, give it a try!

by Janet Angelillo


I hope you all had a good start to your week . . . we start our "angle studies" unit tomorrow, so I am excited to see how the students do with a new unit!  See you soon!


8 comments:

  1. Kind of sad the fraction unit has ended :( but it will be fun to see the angle you take with angles :)

    Lynn

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! We'll try to throw a few angle things out there for fun! You are very punny, by the way.

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  2. Wow that is so awesome that your numbers are slowly increasing :) I hear you, keep it up! Thanks for the recommendation on teaching punctuation.. I am always looking for new ways to teach it!

    Laura
    Laura Love to Teach

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    1. It's a tough one, isn't it? It seems so natural for some students and so--ummmm---UNnatural for others!

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  3. I'm so happy you took us on your fractions journey this year. :) Yes - meat, please, in the unit. I like cute things now and then, but for this, we need the meat.

    Thanks again for all you've shared with us! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn. You always say such nice things! The unit will be no frills...figure I might as well stick to what I know. I don't know cute.

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  4. I taught 4th grade for many years and from my experience, you are one inspiring teacher. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful teaching ideas and strategies with the world. You reach so many through this medium. Thanks again.

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    1. Louise--that is such a kind thing to say. I should print off some of the comments people leave for those days when I wonder why I do what I do! :)

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