Bridges Blog Archive for Grade 1

Balancing the Digital Classroom & Traditional Classroom

Balancing the Digital Classroom & Traditional ClassroomAs soon as implementing technology into the classroom became the “big thing,” I jumped right on board. I used technology a lot; maybe too much.


How to Create a Culture of Math Risk-Takers

How to Create a Culture of Math Risk-Takers I teach at an IB World school where we focus on certain Learner Profile Attributes. Basically, these are character traits we would like our students to embody. This month our school is focusing on the attribute of risk-taking. I explain this to my first graders as being willing to try something new even if there’s a chance of failure.


How to Challenge Your Students in the Moment

How to Challenge Your Students in the MomentWe all have those kids who just come to us as “naturals.” You know, the students who just seem to acquire learning without prompting or much instruction. Often, they enter kindergarten with incredible number sense already.


Polydron Power!

Portland Public School kindergarten teacher Nicki Eybel recently sent us a great question:

My kindergarten students LOVE Polydron sets. They seem like a fairly "limited" material. The students make boxes and fill them with...well, lots. Then they build pyramid roofs and that's all. Do you have any suggestions to scaffold Polydron learning at this time of year? Or, are we on the "right track" in Room 12?


Bridges Intervention Kits Now Available

When Bridges Intervention was released in digital-only format last year, Bridges Second Edition users reacted with great enthusiasm. Many were quick to realize the power of this unique intervention program.


April Showers Bring Math Flowers

A colleague recently confided that dealing with bulletin boards was one of her least favorite parts of teaching. As I stared at my own vast blank blue wall, I could relate. I’ve often considered teaching my creative outlet, but I’m finding that with the increased rigor of Common Core and other teaching demands, I sometimes exhaust my creative energies figuring out how to fit everything into the available class time.


Life-Sized Work Places

Life-Sized Work PlacesAmanda Goedge, math curricular leader from Chippewa Valley Schools in Michigan, shares this fabulous tip:


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