CONGRATULATIONS to both Ms. Smith's and Ms. Belcher's classes. They were the Primary and Intermediate Champs of the latest QAE Math Exploration - focusing on "Which One Doesn't Belong?". These 2 classrooms had the most entries (with explanations). Well done everyone! Stay tuned for the next Exploration happening in March ...
I love nothing more than seeing math being represented outside of the classroom, or having students come seek me out to ask math questions. The other day a 3rd grade student came to ask if he could borrow the book "Which One Doesn't Belong?". (Did you know that I have a library that is open for students, teachers, and parents?) I also had a 5th grader ask me if I could help her and a group of friends find new ways to challenge themselves in Math. We had a great conversation and I was quite impressed by her quest. Then there was the day that I went to check my mailbox in the Brick Building and I saw this glorious sight outside of Ms. Teske's first grade classroom:
This year QAE is implementing a school-wide math assessment in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. This assessment is based on benchmark Common Core State Standards that students in each grade level are expected to be meeting during the beginning, middle and end of the year. The data collected from these assessments provides helpful and informative reports on individuals, classrooms, grade levels, as well as the school as a whole. This information is used to identify students who may need additional instruction, to drive instruction in the classrooms, and to measure how we are doing school-wide. The most recent (Winter Benchmark) assessment was given before break and I spent time assisting teachers and students with this endeavor. I found myself telling students more than once that they are much more challenged in math than I was in school. I wasn't expected to know what I was doing, I just needed to answer the questions. These days we want our students to not only answer correctly, but to also explain how they solved the problem. The term "math model" is one frequently used during math lessons. Students are expected to show their work through drawing, sketches, words, "math models". It is so much fun to see all the different ways that kids show their work, AND to see how hard our teachers are working to help students with this task. This Kindergarten example totally put a smile on my face:
The Mathical Book Prize is awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and in coordination with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). What a group effort!
In addition to the top 3 winners, there are also many wonderful runner-up titles. Please take the time to check out their website with a full list of titles going back to 2015:
Mythical Books for Kids from Tots to Teens
I have many of the past books available in my Lending Library and I'm anxious to purchase some of the new titles. And, thanks to last year's Scholastic Book Fair proceeds, and the PTSA, I have recently added a number of new titles to my library as well.
Please, Please, Please stop by to check out my Lending Library and hopefully take a few books home with you!
I hope you had a wonderful Mid-Winter Break and welcome back!