Thursday, September 29, 2011

Check Out Our Classroom

My 4th grade students are featured on SDE's website: If you have a minute, check them out. I'm so proud of them. :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Differentiated Math Lesson

Before moving into a new unit involving multiplication, Miss Roeckle had students complete an entrance slip to assess mastery of using addition and subtraction in problem solving. In minutes, she was able to tell which students completely understood how to solve the selected problem, which students partially understood how to solve the selected problem, and which students had little to no understanding of how to solve the selected problem. 

Through this quick assessment, she was able to determine that most students fully understood, a few students set the problem up correctly but had a computation error, and that one student didn't appear to understand how to go about solving the problem at all.

Next, she introduced and modeled how to play a math game to the entire class. This game involved working with arrays in multiplication. After instructing students to work with partners carefully arranged by her, she asked a few students to meet her at the back table. 

During this time, she used the entrance slips to reteach addition and subtraction in problem solving to a small group. Once she felt students understood the concept, she dismissed them from the group to join partners in the ongoing math game. 

Several of the students already understood the concept but needed to work on carefully checking their work.

Math Investigations Game:

Students have sets of array cards with factors/dimensions on them (example:  8 x 7). They lay out all of the array cards and make two columns on a piece of paper. They label the paper, "Combinations I Know" and "Combinations I Don't Know."

Then, students take turns pointing to an array. When they point to an array, they are to say how many squares are in the array. If they don't immediately know the answer, they turn the array card over and look at the answer. Next, they write the number sentence (ex:  8 x 7 = 56) in the "Combinations I Don't Know" column.

Note:  Miss Roeckle will be graduating from Missouri State University in December, 2011. She'll be looking for a job in the Springfield, MO, area. She's doing an amazing job!!

What Does DI (Differentiated Instruction) Look Like?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Appointment Clock

Melissa Gmur, a student teacher at MSU, made this appointment calendar. If you click on the dot by the time, it will link you directly to the correct appointment. :-) The arrow will take you back the original page.

The partners are set by the teacher. If you need heterogeneous partners, consider Music/Mix/Meet or Stand Up/Hand Up/Pair Up.

Link to file:

Thanks for sharing, Melissa!! :-)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Secret Recipe for Better Answers

Secret Recipe for Better Answers

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Writing Conference

After a whole-class mini-lesson on how to write a summary using nonfiction text, Miss Roeckle works with a small group of students. This particular group meets with her once a week. During each conference, she gives descriptive feedback on each student's writing. She always shares something positive before giving him/her a suggestion for improvement.

At the end of writers' workshop, students have the opportunity to share writing in author's chair. Typically three-four students have the opportunity to share each day.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Charting Individual Student Progress

2011 Student 4th Math Quick Check Form

2011 Student 4th CA Quick Check Form

DI Handout

Canton, Ohio DI Handout