Monday, August 31, 2015

What works for you?

I have blogged over at our new Aussie Teacher Blog




and this is my first blog post on this great Australian Teachers Collaborative blog

The 26th of each month there is a link up. (link at the bottom of this post)

I have known most of the girls in this group for a few years now and together we have supported each other in what can sometimes be a lonely journey in the blogging world. Teaching is becoming much more collaborative and this blog is about supporting that trend. 

Today's post is about Maths in my learning space and some of the photos are of the shared space I have this year with Stacey. More significantly it is about what has worked for me over my many years of teaching. 

Our planning always starts with looking at what our kids can do and where they need to go next.
The importance of data can get lost in what we do. 


When we have identified what is the next step we look for tasks that will support, stretch and challenge learning. 

Tasks still need to be differentiated for some kids within the same group - as their goals can be slightly different.

We never start with a task in mind - because this can lead to fun tasks that do not address a learning need. Always start with what needs to be taught or learnt.


The photo above shows our planning for the week and each colour group has a clear goal. 
The maths groups are flexible (see the page with angles on it) and we often change kids mid lesson, if they have mastered a skill or concept. 

Our kids know to check in with this each day to make sure they are in the right group. 
We display this digitally at the start of the lesson. This has been a tremendous help in reporting to parents as we have pages for all groups for fractions, angles, multiplication etc

The third page in the photo is a screen grab of an anecdotal note page where record learning and the next step. 

The following photos are taken from a number of lessons and we try to mix up the types of tasks, where they work, who they work with and focus group or independent tasks. 

Our kids also set goals and revisit them adding reflections and new goals. Our one hour maths block each day is a busy place to be.




  
Now it is your turn to link up and share what works for you.




Sunday, August 30, 2015

Five for Fri - 28th August

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Here are my five randoms for this week

 
We have been working hard on our school magazine pages. 
We think we are superheroes and pretty awesome in achieving goals - What are your super powers? 

   

Little bit of Friendship work this week too!

   

This coming weekend it is Father's Day here and I have put this in my store.



Father’s Day – Donuts for Dad (10 Maths Tasks)
This pack can be used at a Dad’s night while you share donuts together. The students can work with their Dad on the math tasks included. 

The tasks can also be used in Math time in centers as stand alone tasks.

There are 183 pages
You may decide to copy two pages onto one page to have less color copying or use the ‘save my ink’ versions that are included within each section.

Ten Frames – vertical versions
Make a picture
Peg the donuts
How many tools in the toolbox?
Which bag has more donuts?  
Missing donuts
Skip Counting donuts
Roll and cover  
How many donuts does Dad eat?
Time to eat donuts?



    

Just putting the finishing touches on the Father's Day Lapbook!

  

My kids (young adults really) actually got up for breakfast with me through the week. 
So pancakes and quiet conversations...



 

We have a team that I lead for all things related to ICT. 
This week we have been looking at a shared vision for our next four years. 
Looking at quotes and sorting tasks will lead us to a way forward - say tuned. 



Have another great week everyone.
 Our Aussie teachers in Victoria have three weeks to go until mid term break. 


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Father's Day - Donuts for Dads in Aus

Next weekend it is Father's Day here and I have just posted this pack.



Father’s Day – Donuts for Dad (10 Maths Tasks)
This pack can be used at a Dad’s night while you share donuts together. The students can work with their Dad on the math tasks included. 

The tasks can also be used in Math time in centers as stand alone tasks.

There are 183 pages
You may decide to copy two pages onto one page to have less color copying or use the ‘save my ink’ versions that are included within each section.

Ten Frames – vertical versions
Make a picture
Peg the donuts
How many tools in the toolbox?
Which bag has more donuts?  
Missing donuts
Skip Counting donuts
Roll and cover  
How many donuts does Dad eat?
Time to eat donuts?



Last year I posted this too!


    

Just putting the finishing touches on the Father's Day Lapbook!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Father's Day in Australia

In Australia we celebrate Father's Day on the 6th September.

I am currently working on a new pack - called Donuts for Dad. 
watch this space....


This pack is already in my store. Click on the image or here to see more detail. 

   

Have fun working through these tasks....
List what your dad does for you, give this to him and see him smile!
Four different cards you can use to send a message of love to Dad
Answer questions about your dad – how well do you know him
Design a tie, use color paper to design a new tie for Dad
Write about a photo, bring a photo from home and write about it
Reasons why I am so pleased you are my Dad – make a list



Monday, August 24, 2015

Book Week 2015

There are many categories for the Book Week awards and here are four!

 We read them, share them, work on them and they are an important part of our culture.

This year, there are an amazing set of books that have been shortlisted. 

In the Early Childhood Category are ....






In the Information Book category are ...






These are in the Younger Readers categories ...




My fav would be the Picture Book category ...






 Happy Book Week 


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