Thursday, April 19, 2012

SCORE with our MVPs in Math!

We love this idea to focus on the MVPs in Math--the Most Valuable Practices in the Common Core-the mathematical practices!! We have 9 cubes for before/during problem solving and 9 cubes for after!  One for each mathematical practice and one that mixes them up! 18 cubes x 6 prompts per cube= 108 prompts that get kids thinking and keeps the mathematical practices right in front of us!

We also love our GOAL sheets to Gather Observations and Assess Learning of the practices!
K-2 Version: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/K-2-MVPs-in-Math-Common-Core-Mathematical-Practices

3-8 Verson:  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Gr-3-8-MVPs-in-Math-Common-Core-Mathematical-Practices

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tech Talks

We have been meeting with a group of teachers this year to really explore technology integration.  We started with just getting together to share ideas, how we were using apps/tech in the classroom and started our QR code project.

I started thinking about this group today during Spring Break as my 12 year old, Parker, was in his teen-cave playing on Xbox.  He had heard that the Kinect could be used with his Halo game (not that I totally approve of this game choice).  :-)  But it was funny to watch him--he could speak commands and direct the game to do what he wanted.  "Scan"  "Flashlight on" "Flashlight off"

It just took me a minute to realize that he was talking to a sensor, connected to a tv, and giving it commands.  That's pretty awesome (which is probably not the correct *cool* word choice he would use).  I imagine that soon, we will do the same to our tv and computers...

Where do you think we will be in 5 years?  Just pondering....and thinking that technology is pretty amazing in so many ways.  

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