Bridges Blog Archive for Classroom Visuals

Challenging Ideas About Challenging Students

Challenging Ideas About Challenging StudentsDifferentiation is something teachers consider all the time, and that’s certainly the case for me this year. I believe the most meaningful challenges come from the students themselves. One that recently emerged in my classroom is WHY the “9s trick” works.

Math Vocabulary – Another Language

Math Vocabulary – Another Language All students at my school learn the Spanish language all year long—the culture, how to speak, to understand, and so on. Another language they engage in all year long is the math language we use. It might seem intuitive or a part of everyday language, but math vocabulary can be very challenging.

Writing a Good Word Problem

After several practice runs and a couple of assessments, it was obvious my class was having a difficult time writing a word problem to match a given equation. To get my class on track, I came up with a game plan that seemed to do the trick.

Anchor Chart Assessment

Teacher Question: I’m not sure whether my students really understand the models and strategies that we’ve been talking about this year. Do you have any ideas about how we might assess them?

Fact Strategy Posters

The Math Learning Center has created 4 sets of free, downloadable posters describing strategies—1 set each for basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

The Right Tool for the Job

The Right Tool for the JobNo matter which subject my class and I are working on, individual whiteboards have always been one of my favorite tools. When it comes to math, they have become essential. Individual whiteboards serve many situations, and they prove invaluable as I observe and assess my students’ progress with various math strategies. 

Mathematical Thinking Takes Flight!

After reading Shelly Scheafer's post, "New Looks for the Sea Star Quilt", first grade teachers Theresa Gatchet and Cindy Smith were inspired to introduce the project to their students at Gervais Elementary School in Oregon. Students made turkey handprints and adorned them with feathers and sequins. Theresa notes that feathers were flying!

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