Math Sorting Game: Addition

I am happy to say that I did not make this task. One of the paraprofessionals who worked in my classroom did. All I had to contribute was a 'seal of approval' and a grateful heart that she put her skills to use and make something wonderful and useful for the students. This was not… Continue reading Math Sorting Game: Addition

$chool Reform and Common Core

A friend of mine posted a link to this essay on facebook. I thought I would expose it here since the author of the essay mentions several thoughts and ideas that I have also had quite independent of anyone else. The essay is here: The Coming Common Core Meltdown. Probably the most important thing about… Continue reading $chool Reform and Common Core

Learning Addition or Multiplication Playing Games

This is also a great way to help the children exert some gross motor skills, practice mental math, and learn about social cooperation during game play. That’s what I love about building games like this: so much can be accomplished during the course of one game. Good luck.

Cereal boxes, breakfast bars, etc: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle, pt 3

For this post, I have simply expanded on an idea (found on page 51 of the book) the authors called “Seven-piece jigsaw of familiar item.” The authors simply took the front of a cereal box, jig-saw cut it (rounded pieces, etc.) and made a puzzle. I like the idea, but I also thought it needed some expansion. (One of the great things about the book is that it shows a picture of a task and its use is left open to interpretation.)

I Love Old Shoe-Boxes: Recyle, Reuse, pt 2

I am a special education teacher. It's a calling I heard late in life so I am only now, at the age of 43, learning the joys of creating curriculum and finding ways to recycle stuff that others think is junk. I love what I do: I get the educate those who have the most… Continue reading I Love Old Shoe-Boxes: Recyle, Reuse, pt 2

Building Curriculum: Recycle, Reuse

Building Tasks: Recycling Old Stuff Without doubt, one of the best aspects of being a teacher is that we get to make tasks (or games, or jobs, or modified curriculum). I love making up ways for my students to learn how to tell time without them having to actually stare at a clock (for example).… Continue reading Building Curriculum: Recycle, Reuse