Bridges Blog Archive for First Year

Planning for the New School Year

A teacher friend of mine plans to return to first grade after a long hiatus. She remarked, "I'm nervous, but I think that's probably true for even the most experienced teachers." It's certainly true for me. With a new school year comes both jitters and a lot of excitement. I enjoy planning, organizing, and considering what is in store for my new students.

Number Corner: Spanish Immersion Classroom

Shannon Russell teaches a fifth grade Spanish immersion class in Portland Public Schools. She and her assistant, Melissa Kunert, share the Number Corner plans and photos that follow. They write,

Beginning Your Year: Strategies for Student Engagement

In this fifth and final entry in the "Beginning Your Year" series, you'll find ideas to engage students, balance participation, and encourage dialogue in your Bridges classroom.

This popular, effective strategy is widely used in Bridges classrooms.

Beginning Your Year: Lesson Planning

This entry--the third in a series of articles designed to support Bridges First Edition users with planning, prep, and organization--looks at lesson planning resources. Take special note of the support to assist you in implementing the Common Core.

Beginning Your Year: Visual Displays

This is the second installment in a series of blog posts designed to help you prepare for your year with Bridges. These links and resources will assist you as you organize and plan Bridges and Number Corner visual displays.

Beginning Your Year: Manipulatives

This is the first in a series of blog entries designed to support Bridges First Edition users with planning, prep, and organization at the beginning of this new school year. Welcome, everyone!

Today, let's consider manipulative management. A few simple tips and guidelines will help to keep dice, spinners, base ten and other student pieces organized as students consider, model, and share their mathematical thinking.

Reflecting on Your Bridges Year

A recent issue of Math Solutions Online Newsletter prompts teachers to reflect on what they've learned during the past year.

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