I wouldn't say it's my "serious" source for professional development (that's Twitter), but it's still a fun place to visit--kind of like visiting the amusement park after a long day in the office.
Anyway, I was randomly perusing the "education" section last night with no end goal in mind (I'm on a break, mind you), and I came across some items that made me think of my dear colleague and friend, Mary S. the 4/5/6 math teacher. Her biggest concern this year was that her students weren't retaining what they were being taught. Now, Mary's one of the most dedicated teachers I know and her passion for teaching math is worn there right on her sleeve., so it was tough to see her so dejected. However, I'm not a math teacher and couldn't think of any way to help her.
Better late than never...at least she can get a head start on the next school year!
Here's what I just emailed her. Even if you're not a math teacher, these innovative lesson ideas can be applied across all subject areas.
Interactive Math Journals
I don't know if you use math journals, but from what I've been reading, they're a GREAT way to increase retention, AND they take some of the burden off of teachers in that kids take more ownership of their learning.
- Here's how to set up math journals in the classroom.
- Take a look at this post from a 5/6 teacher who uses math journals.
- For $15, you can buy her comprehensive guide to setting up math journals:
- This post is AMAZING! Want to build better answers in math?
- More building better answers with reader-response.
Mrs. White's 6th Grade Math Blog
Mrs. White is definitely on to something here. This simple blog is for her students to use. She keeps it simple, posting homework and videos she created on an interactive whiteboard or found online. It's a GREAT resource for the kids to use, and it keeps them accountable!
This math teacher has "a passion for differentiated Instruction including Interactive notebooks, workstations & individualized learning"
This woman has her act together; she's got great ideas ALL OVER the place, no matter what subject you teach. Follow her!
Who knows what other information for a subject I don't teach I'll find on Pinterest tonight? Any requests?
image via (where else?) Pinterest