This year I have been part of our Math PD team and it has really made in impact in my classroom. While my students are still working on many basic skills, I've been able to get some great insight into where we should be going and let me tell you, they're flying! Check out these four simple tips I have used this year to get my students moving with their math skills!
Now when I first saw a video of subitizing and watched typical Kindergarten students share responses aloud and talk about the way they visualized the images I immediately thought it was not going to be possible in my classroom. But I took some time to think about it and I made this highly expressive task into a receptive task in my classroom. I purchased a magnetic 10-frame board and placed some 10-frames into wipe off page protectors for my students. I would build a number on my 10-frame board and I would watch as the students drew their response on their wipe off board. I could quickly see how they visualized the counters I placed on the board based on how they draw their responses on the 10-frame. I would then go around and have students share the number they saw aloud.
As with most of the skills we teach students, we've gotta use it or lose it! The more practice my students get, the better. I typically will continue teaching through prompting until we are independent for a week. After that week, I typically generalize math skills learned into our Math Small Group time. Then I will often move work to student's independent work time and I this is where I can really see their speed and accuracy increasing. We love practicing math skills in our classroom! These flipbooks are some of our favorite hands on tasks in our classroom.
What is your favorite math skills practice activity?