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

500 Words Per Day: No Math, No Calculations, No Counting

There I was: at work, not so much enjoying my day. The day didn't start off too well. It didn't continue too well either. There is so much to do and so many distractions. People coming in and taking students off for therapy, phones ringing, school psychologist stopping in and handing me a stack of… Continue reading 500 Words Per Day: No Math, No Calculations, No Counting

Thoughts on Education Reform, Pt 1: Athletics & Academics

All I’m saying is that maybe a switch of emphasis will help bring about the reform folks are looking for. Maybe it’s not reform of the same tired methods we need, as much as an utter revolution of ideas and emphasis?

Recycling Play-Doh Canisters: Ordering Sizes, Matching Colors, & Sequencing Tasks

So gather the Play-Doh containers, grab an empty shoe box, and sort through your box of random or leftover manipulatives and, Voila!, a sorting, ordering, sequencing task is born.

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.

Recycle, Reuse: Empty Bean Cans

Well, as it turns out she asked me if I thought the cans would be useful in my classroom. I immediately said, ‘Yes!’ and about a month ago we found a use for them. I designed a very simple game that the students absolutely love playing. Seriously took about 5 minutes to invent this game. Here’s how we play it.

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