Apr 29, 2014
Number Sense Reflection
This time of year always brings about reflection for me. It starts with cleaning for some reason. This means my little closet has been sorted through, organized, and labeled. Once this is complete, my brain moves on to thinking about what went well, what didn't, and what needs to change for next year.
And the lists start.
Last year at this time, Natalie and I had decided number sense was lacking in our instruction. It needed to be stronger, had to improve...there was no question about it. So we researched, sat down, talked, planned, created, and implemented. This year---I can honestly say that we did so much better but there is more growth to be made (always).
I ordered Number Talks. Downloaded some webinars. Attended an Early Numeracy PD over Spring Break.
Then (out of the blue) Sarah Major from Child 1st sent me this:
Just.In.Time!! THANK YOU!
So I read...tagged.....labeled....read....took notes.
The ideas within are so visual, but also include kinesethic and auditory components to each activity. Just what my struggling mathematicians need. Honestly, it is what I need. Math has never made much sense to me. Visual teaching techniques do make more sense to me. And the more I learn, practice, read, implement, try out, fail, succeed--I feel like I'm becoming a better math teacher.
So what did I get from all this reading and tagging. Well, quite a bit:
Yep. It's a problem for some of my kiddos. There are some great visual and kinesethic tips for me to help my first graders with this problem. These lesson may come FIRST next year!
As I read the book, I knew I couldn't do this alone. We work as vertical teams twice a week in my K-2 building and we would need to look at these ideas together. That meant...ordering more books! Plus we would need Book 2: Place Value.
So we did.
And I look forward to having conversations with my building so we can support each other vertically with number sense concepts. And then, come May next year, we will reflect, research, change, read, implement again!