Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Common Core Math Practice Standards

This past year my Curriculum Coach hosted a professional development for the Common Core Mathematical Practice Standards. There are 8 practice standards that CommonCore says ALL Educators should seek to develop in their students. Most of us were shocked to know these separate standards existed. We were all familiar and fluent with the grade level standards but somehow managed to skip this part of the common core standards.

We worked in small groups to unpack the practice standards and talk about how it "looks" in our classrooms. We also made some great anchor charts and presented the info back to the rest of our K-2 team. These practice standards make the "how to" of deepening so much clearer.

Yesterday I came across an awesome Freebie at Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten. Click the picture link to download your free copy from Mrs Ricca. This is sure to help you students remember the practice standards!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Freebie! Dismissal Chart for DCSB

I searched around for a dismissal chart and no one had quite what I needed for the dismissal options at DCSB. I made one for my classroom use and invite my fellow DCSB peeps to use if desired :).
Click on the picture to view the Google doc.

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My classroom

My classroom is coming back to life! It is a lot of work to set up and take down each year however it is worthwhile to create an inviting environment for the students and myself. I am attaching a few pictures of the class so far but there is still so much more to be done! Special thanks to Ms. Landers for  a perfect word wall. She spent hours with her leveler making sure the lines were just right! Also my favorite teenagers for their manpower (Nathan, Darius, Daesha).

KVB inspired name tags= Work hard! Be nice!
I modified these to fit Kinder from 7 habits name tags on TPT. Click the picture for the original name tags by: Little Lovely Leaders:).

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Subitize means that you can instantly recognize numbers without counting.

Its not a new concept, but lately I have heard a lot a buzz about subtizing. The Common core standards places an increased focus on number sense. Allowing students to explore what they already know about numbers in the classroom can be a powerful tool. I cant wait to make this a part of my teaching routines this year!

Check out the below video of a Kindergarten Teacher in action.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

No more book bags please!

It is the summer time and I am busier than ever!

Today my thoughts veered to the storage challenges we have in our class room. One of the main culprits of space are book bags. In our class rooms we do not have traditional cubbies. In the past students have stored their bags under their tables, in tubs, against the wall or on the back of the chair. All of these "solutions" resulted in a disorganized workspace for students.

A light bulb went off and I have decided to request parents to leave book bags at home! I purchased reusable grocery bags (similar to the green Publix bags) for students to bring their agenda, folder and change of clothes from home to school. These bags are eco-friendly and will fit nicely into a crate along with each student's book box.

I also found iron on decals that will cutesy them up a bit!

I cant wait to meet my next group of students and their families. It is going to be an exciting year of learning and growth. What are your thoughts on this idea?