As 2016 wraps up, I--like many others--start to think about things I want to do better in 2017. I have tons of personal goals (get healthy, get more organized, etc), but today's post has a few musings about some classroom goals I have to better meet the needs of my students in the new year.
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I put the 483 under the 820. I crossed out the 8 to get more ones... (you get my drift)
What I WANT them to do is explain WHY they did what they did...and to look for patterns...and to make connections. I made this anchor charts a few weeks ago but haven't done nearly enough with it.
Another goal I have is to do a better job giving students feedback on their writing. I feel I do a pretty decent job TEACHING writing...but I know I have a long way to go in giving them timely feedback on what they do. Each student is, of course, at an entirely different place with their writing, so simply doing great whole-class lessons isn't enough. I need to do more quick collections of work with a fast turnaround time. Even ONE piece of specific feedback can make such a difference.
Finally, I am going to rework my math workshop time to find more minutes for EXPLICIT fact strategy instruction for my students who need it--and it's QUITE a few of them. I started off in the fall pretty strong working with those students who needed review on doubles, tens, and fives but then things kind of fell apart. I NEED them to be more fluent with their facts before we get into big multiplying, so I am really going to be diligent about working with them. They love the activities...it's matter of ME doing a better job scheduling my time!
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