Archive for September, 2011

Math reviewing with Mia and Saaya!

Posted: September 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

As we wrap up our second unit of study I started to think , how can we better show what we actually know? It is very easy to hand out papers for students to reveiw and do problems as practice, and there is a place for that. Alternativly though, the students could be teachers, and they could not only practice questions but more importantly they could talk through their thinking as they explain to the world how to solve some math problems. Now as the teacher I wanted to to have some targetted skills. I asked them to share how you solve the following:

– Addition and Subtraction with decimals

– Multiplication with decimals

– Lattice multiplication

– Showing expanded notation

– Measures of central tendency (Mode, Median, Range, Min, Max)

– Word Problems

All students worked in pairs and created a catelogue of answers. In reality I can could post every video they made but that is not quite sensible. So this time I selected quiet randomly and have Saaya and Mia to share with you this time. If we made mistakes, allow us to have them, as we are learning to and part of learning is builing on mistakes and improving from them.


Reading skills

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

In RLA (Reading Language Arts) we have been talking a lot about the skills of good readers. One of the ones we have been really focused on is the fact that good readers THINK about what they are reading. They don’t just read it and forget it but htey take the time to really inderstand the text. One strategy that we are using is post-it notes. We like to have them handy and as we are reading we tear them off, write down any thoughts, questions, connections, predictions that we have at that partictular moment in the book. We then put it right there onto the page. This allows us to remember just what we were thinking when we were reading and gives us the opportunity to be more effective at sharing our thoughts about books and reading. Today Ishan is going to share some of his post – it notes.


Posted: September 14, 2011 in Science


We have begun to use our new foss kit on Landforms. This is a first time for me as my previous school did models and design as well as mixtures and solutions. The students were very engaged as they debated how to best represent our intermediate school as an overhead view. Take a look at them working so hard.


Math Review from Mr. Symes

Posted: September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Look at Mr. Symes, he went and made a whole page for exam review for the year. Instead of starting from scratch, here is the link. It will also be on the links portion of the blog.