Bridges Blog Archive for Grade 3

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.

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.

The Power of Facilitating

The Power of FacilitatingSometimes at this time of year I get caught up in the get-ready-for-the-state-test frenzy rather than remembering how crucial it is for students to voice their thoughts with each other and the larger group.

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.

Differentiating Work Places

Differentiating Work PlacesWork Places offer an invaluable route for differentiation in my math classroom. When a few students need extra help or extra practice with a math concept, I ask them to meet me at the table during Work Places. I still let them choose a Work Place, but the choices will generally be between two or three activities that target the concept rather than the regular six choices.

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. 

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