Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Critical Crumbs Packet 2

Wendie and I just finished our Critical Crumb Packet 2. Woo hoo! Both packet 1 and packet 2 focus on the four critical areas in math for third grade. These four areas are the "Big Ideas" taught in our grade level. These include the critical skills that need to be taught and help provide meaningful learning opportunities.

Click on the pic to try some out with your students. They are also great for high achieving second graders and fourth graders who might need some scaffolding.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Critical Thinking- What Does it Look Like?

What is critical thinking? Before I had a discussion with my students I wanted to make sure I was clear on what being a critical thinker looks like. I have to be honest -I needed to research the current expectations on being a critical thinker. After reading several articles, I found several commonalities and chose to include them in a poster to share with my students. The poster describes attributes of a critical thinker and has helped my students understand what being a critical thinker looks like and skills they need to develop. Following the poster, I shared a  T-Chart (project GLAD) to further solidify what should be seen and heard in a critically thinking classroom.

Here is one of my kiddos brainstorming during a district assessment. Amazing!
Click on the pic to download poster and T-Chart. Hope you find it useful too.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Currently...

I am feeling quite pensive when writing my Currently for January. Classical music does stimulate the brain :)

This quote from Robert Brault sums up how I'm feel about creating memories and having meaningful traditions.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."