Saturday, August 20, 2016

Geometry Resources 1:1

Our school has implemented 1:1 environment for the last six years, but our district is a little bit behind. I can't blame them, our districts has 27 elementary schools, 14 k-8 and k-12 schools, and 25 secondary schools. This summer the instructional technology team asked me to compile the resources that I already use to teach in the 1:1 environment. They are hoping to share the resources with other teachers in other schools to help them get started with using chromebooks in their classrooms. We use buzz as our learning management system, so naturally I compiled the resources in their, but I wanted to make sure that if we stop using LMS or if I ever go somewhere else I can take the resources with me. So I ended up creating a google spreadsheet with links to the resources that I use. Most of the resources I have not created and tried to give credit to those people that did create them, unfortunately sometimes I don't even know where I got the resource from. I also organized the resources by topics because even though we use common core state standards, NYS has gone through 3 major math content transformations in the last 10 years of me teaching.  I am sharing the document here and would love for all to add more resources. I would also like to do something similar for Algebra as well. Let me know what you think,

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Need feedback for a presentation

I am participating in MTBOS Blougust, super excited. This post is to actually ask for some feedback. My friend and colleague and I are presenting at NYSCATE, AMTNYS and STANYS conferences. One of the sessions is called Are my students getting it? Find out through formative assessment with web tools.

Here is the description of the session:
Join two urban teachers as we share the free web tools we have used to monitor student understanding and ensure that our kids are getting it. Leave this session with a repertoire of strategies to enhance formative assessment, generate meaningful data, facilitate student feedback, and drive learning in your 1:1 environment.

We created an outline of the presentation but would like your feedback. Please leave any comments, suggestions in the google doc.

Formative Assessment Presentation

Also if you are interested here is a blog that we are keeping and will be updating as we present at the conferences.

Classroom Management

I have been revisiting my classroom management and rituals and routines in the classroom for the start of the year. I have came up with a list of items that I either do or want to implement this year with my students to help me with my rituals and routines.

Group Roles: I started using group roles at the end of last school year, can't wait to use them this year. I have the roles taped onto an index card and laminated.
Here are my roles:

FACILITATOR (“The boss”)
focus on group process

·      Reads the problem and the questions
·      Makes sure everyone understands each question before the team begins to discuss it
·      Enforces school CREST
·      Helps the team reach consensus
·      Calls the teacher over for a group question
MONITOR (“The nanny”)
focus on group resources and time management

·      Get & return all needed supplies
·      Keeps everyone on task
·      Monitors time
·       Moves the team along to assure that the tasks are done in the allotted time
RECORDER (“The writer”)
focus on group record

·      Keeps track of the team’s work
·      Writes down the team’s answers
·      Make sure everyone takes good personal notes
·      Sets aside papers for absent group members
PRESENTER (“The star”)
focus on group reporting

·      Makes sure the group discusses how it functioned during the activity
·      Shares information with other groups if necessary
·      Reports the group’s answers during the class discussion

Accountable Talk: I have a bulletin and table signs that address accountable talk. I have students use accountable talk stems when they are working in groups and talking to each other about their task.

Noise Level and How are we learning: I found on pinterest a how are we learning poster so I incorporated it with a noise level poster that my friend has created. See the posters below.
I also has this amazing "Turn and Talk" tips that I use as a reference when students are discussing their bellwork with each other. I also found it on pinterest. 
I created table signs that say group numbers and remind students what are the expectations are based on the kind of activity we are doing.
·       Silent (Level 0)
·       Stay on task
·       Raise hand for help
·       Take turns
·       One partner talks, the other listens
·       6 inch voices (Level 1)
·       Hold each other accountable
·       Eye contact
·       Give everyone group member a chance to speak
·       Respect one another ideas
·       12 inch voices (Level 2)
·       Do your part
Whole Class
·       Listen to others (Level 0 when listening)
·       Raise hand to speak (Level 3 when speaking)
·       Pay attention to your teacher
·       Participate in discussion – share ideas!

Job Roles: I like to have jobs in the classroom, it helps me stay organized and includes students in my classroom routines. I have a bulletin that is designated for the jobs. I do have to add the jobs that will be used this year and who will be doing them.
Here is the list of jobs that I have had in the past: Passing out papers/returning work back to the students,  collecting work from students and putting it in the bin, compiling missing work for absent students, passing out/collecting graphing calculators, passing/collecting supplies, cleaning tables/sweeping, answering the phone.
I would like to use these jobs but also incorporate some of them in my group roles.

Anchor Charts: In the beginning of the year I don't have too many posters on the wall. I have inspirational posters that of course I took from pinterest, but leave a lot of wall space blank. As the year goes on, the students and I create anchor posters to review concepts that we are talking about. I also love to leave student work all over the room. It's fun to see other students coming into my class and asking me what my students were doing.

8 Mathematical Practices: I have posters that I found on pinterest that I have posted in my room. I used the practices a lot in my planning but unfortunately I did not reference the practices posters with my students. Next time I might do a google doc reflection on 8 mathematical practices used, still need to think about this some more.

Daily Points:
In the beginning of the year I used a handout that was in their folder. Everyday I would give students at most 5 points for following rules and expectations in my classroom. This was very time consuming and I ended up coming across It was a game changer, students loved it. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions.

Green, Yellow, and Red Cups:
This is a structure that I have not used yet. I see it being very beneficial when I do group work, which is almost every day. Read more about using green, yellow, red cups from this blog