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Most recent forum messagesenTue, 12 Jun 2012 03:40:47 GMTJive Engage 5.0.5.0 (http://jivesoftware.com/products/)2012-06-12T03:40:47ZenRe: 6th (final) Six Weeks Required Discussion
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<!-- [DocumentBodyStart:e98826b9-7224-4338-a32e-e5f7aedc8ac9] --><div class="jive-rendered-content"><p>In past years I have done an activity with my students right around Valentine's Day. Each of the students would receive a small bag of M&M's. They would sort them according to color and then figure the probability of taking each color one at a time out of the bag. The students would have to simplify fractions and make probability statements about each color in the bag. We would a then create a graph with their information. Then you get to eat your work. FUN!</p></div><!-- [DocumentBodyEnd:e98826b9-7224-4338-a32e-e5f7aedc8ac9] -->Tue, 12 Jun 2012 03:40:47 GMTnoreplies@thinkfinity.orghttp://www.thinkfinity.org/message/49374?tstart=0#493742012-06-12T03:40:47Z1 year, 10 months ago0Re: 5th six weeks required discussion (take two)
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<!-- [DocumentBodyStart:4f48b824-e5a8-42ea-b2a6-b181a9f0607b] --><div class="jive-rendered-content"><p>The time difference didn't seem to make a difference to the students. The only difference was keeping them focused. In past tests, they were encouraged to rest between stories or take breaks as they were working, so that habit had to be broken. They needed to work at a steady pace. I also worked on problem solving skills during the year. After receiving my Origo supplies, I used them in warm-ups in my classroom.</p></div><!-- [DocumentBodyEnd:4f48b824-e5a8-42ea-b2a6-b181a9f0607b] -->Tue, 12 Jun 2012 03:25:17 GMTnoreplies@thinkfinity.orghttp://www.thinkfinity.org/message/49372?tstart=0#493722012-06-12T03:25:17Z1 year, 10 months ago0Re: 4th Six Weeks Required Discussion
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<!-- [DocumentBodyStart:4445c241-ddf8-4d3e-8d3a-5e57d3de7c25] --><div class="jive-rendered-content"><p>To better prepare students for their STAAR tests, I tried to work on problem solving skills with my students. I worked on having my students look carefully at all of the information given and analyze the questions. With my change in teaching assignment to Science only, I only had Math students for tutorials, however, the problem solving strategies would help the students with all three of their tests.</p></div><!-- [DocumentBodyEnd:4445c241-ddf8-4d3e-8d3a-5e57d3de7c25] -->Tue, 12 Jun 2012 02:55:36 GMTnoreplies@thinkfinity.orghttp://www.thinkfinity.org/message/49369?tstart=0#493692012-06-12T02:55:36Z1 year, 10 months ago0Re: 2nd Six weeks required discussion
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<!-- [DocumentBodyStart:f97d0b47-77b3-4321-9f93-1a341a746d81] --><div class="jive-rendered-content"><p>Every year I have students who want to complete their work quickly and they are not careful with their work. Sometimes, a way to solve this problem is if they know they might have to do the work on the board and explain each step. Many of my students enjoy working problems on the board and when they do this, they have to explain the problem and the steps they took to solve it. This doesn't work with all students, but it will help some of the "rushers" slow down a bit.</p></div><!-- [DocumentBodyEnd:f97d0b47-77b3-4321-9f93-1a341a746d81] -->Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:50:29 GMTnoreplies@thinkfinity.orghttp://www.thinkfinity.org/message/49316?tstart=0#493162012-06-11T20:50:29Z1 year, 10 months ago10Re: 3rd Six weeks required discussion
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<!-- [DocumentBodyStart:a84e2698-7523-4ea6-ae19-43dabb928091] --><div class="jive-rendered-content"><p>I loved the book Teach Like Your Hair is on Fire. The book study began so long after I completed the book, that I had to reread the book in some chapters to affectively answer the questions. </p><p>Lack of retention of information in students is difficult. It has been going on for years. I feel that it is getting worse and in no way caused by previous teachers. Some of the problems we have had are caused by students who don't master the basics. We have students who really struggle with multiplication facts and it is difficult to reduce fractions without knowledge of multiplication. I have had a year a crazy changes because our district went to a schedule of students switching between two teachers, to students switching between three teachers. Because of this change, I have been switched to teaching Science only instead of Science/Math this year. I have been doing a lot of Math problem solving within my Science curriculum. Helping students learn to think and do problem solving is a major help in retaining information. When it can be done in all subjects, it really helps.</p></div><!-- [DocumentBodyEnd:a84e2698-7523-4ea6-ae19-43dabb928091] -->Tue, 31 Jan 2012 02:57:32 GMTnoreplies@thinkfinity.orghttp://www.thinkfinity.org/message/34597?tstart=0#345972012-01-31T02:57:32Z1 year, 10 months ago0Re: 1st six weeks required response discussion
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<!-- [DocumentBodyStart:d82f8f6f-de5c-4bc8-805c-4f1069ed81b1] --><div class="jive-rendered-content"><p>I loved <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Teach Like Your Hair is On Fire</span>. Very inspiring. I put the Hobart Shakespearians on my Netflix queue. I also have purchased several books and I have been avidly reading. I love the ability to take notes and highlight sections in the book and also to look up words when necessary. I only have one contact at this time, and would like to get more. I'm enjoying the Pulse News App. and word of the day. I have had difficulty transfering music onto my nook. I'm not sure if it is because much of my music was purchased on itunes. I would welcome any suggestions because there are times when Pandora is not an option. I have set an alarm on my phone so that I will not forget to check my Free Friday books. I am very excited about using it more in the classroom and welcome suggestions. What a great idea it was to purchase the Nooks. Thanks so much.</p></div><!-- [DocumentBodyEnd:d82f8f6f-de5c-4bc8-805c-4f1069ed81b1] -->Tue, 30 Aug 2011 21:12:05 GMTnoreplies@thinkfinity.orghttp://www.thinkfinity.org/message/22695?tstart=0#226952011-08-30T21:12:05Z2 years, 7 months ago0Re: Thinkfinity tie-in with CSCOPE?
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<!-- [DocumentBodyStart:8c2c6564-8dd3-4186-8caf-1002f4090337] --><div class="jive-rendered-content"><p>In my CSCOPE IFD it says, "Instructors are encouraged to supplement, and substitute resources, materials, and activities to differentiate instruction to address the needs of learners. The Exemplar Lessons are ONE approach to teaching and reaching the Performance Indicators and Specificity in the Instructional Focus Document for the unit." I see CSCOPE activities that were copied from old, wonderful AIMS activities. The AIMS activities have better, more interesting graphics for the students. Some of the CSCOPE activities are great, but I modify to improve them using techniques I have learned from training I have been to. I have used Thinkfinity this year along with CSCOPE. </p><p>Thanks for the great training and for Thinkfinity.</p></div><!-- [DocumentBodyEnd:8c2c6564-8dd3-4186-8caf-1002f4090337] -->Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:01:39 GMTnoreplies@thinkfinity.orghttp://www.thinkfinity.org/message/22643?tstart=0#226432011-08-29T22:01:39Z2 years, 7 months ago0