Hi Shannon! 25 of my 27 students met their RIT goal on the NWEA test yesterday! I credit your numeracy coaching for our success. I did number talks every day using our lunch count and student of the day counts. We used the Counting Buddies and Dream Box Learning to subitize also. We used our Math Salad Bar and tons of journaling activities. I scaffolded math instruction by doing ten frames with some and double ten frames with others. When we did journaling problems (for example: “Two spiders need shoes, how many would we need to buy?”), I would challenge those that finished early with more questions: How about 4 spiders? 6 spiders?When we did our number talks last week, I asked, “How do you know it’s 15?” One child said, “One hundred minus 85.” Not to be outdone, another child said, “One thousand minus 985”! Eureka math was great too. I did get better about letting students lead the lesson. We really talked about the math practices too. I made a bulletin board of them, and when kids used one, I wrote it down and stapled it next to the practice. For example, Natalia noticed that the clock counts by fives. Silas was precise when he measured his pencil, etc.Thank you for all your coaching. I still can’t believe how smart my first graders are in math.
Lynn JimenezFirst Grade TeacherCarr Elementary SchoolLincoln Park, Michigan
Lynn Jimenez First Grade Teacher Lincoln Park, MI June 6, 2017