Common Core "I can" statements

I spent my day today making Common Core 5th grade Math "I can" statement printable signs. They are pretty cute! I can't wait to print them and use them on my math wall. Check them out, I hope you can use them too!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Math-5th-Grade-I-can-statement-signs

Winter Vacation

For me, winter break is all about the 4 Rs: recharging, rejuvenating, relaxing, and resting. Getting some sleep, catching up on reading, visiting with my grandparents, and going to the gym. A girl could get used to this!

Coursera

Have you heard of Coursera? If not, you have to check it out. It's a website that offers free online classes from top universities throughout the world. Some classes have upward of 20,000 students at a time. I'm currently enrolled in a class from Duke University about philosophy and constructing arguments.  You don't get college credit, but many courses offer a completion certificate. From their website: "we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in."

 

Shocking Statistic

Today, I attended a math conference put on by Pearson Education, who presumably invited people from my district since we have recently adopted their elementary math program enVisionMATH. I was surprised and pleased at the amount of real life information and strategies provided. The one thing that stuck with me was the importance of fraction education. Did you know that on the 2004 NAEP fewer than 30% of 17-year-olds correctly translated 0.029 as 29/1000?  Completely shocked and blown away. Clearly our fraction decimal relationship instruction is lacking, as teachers. My personal new goal is to find new ways to address this! More to come...

Links

I've had an account with delicious, a social bookmark sharing site, for a few months now. I've been compiling and filing bookmarks that are useful for the classroom teacher. I think I've got a good start! Let me know what you think. http://www.delicious.com/mandybreton

Standards for Mathematical Practice

Since we've moved toward the common core standards, the Standards for Mathematical Practice have been discussed as integral element in math instruction. They should guide our lessons and our instruction, but how do we communicate them to our students? Try downloading my Standards for Mathematical Practice printable, written in kid friendly terms. Post it in your classroom, and refer to it in your lessons!
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