Thinking about getting some books?
December is filled with gifts.
It’s the end of the semester, most likely. It’s the end of the calendar year. We are inching towards a long break.
With all of this in mind:
Figure out what to say and do about gifts–NOW.
Ideas for the classroom:
Advice for the rest of the school environment:
Gifts are beautiful. However, they are not expected–not from you, and not from your students. Just make a plan–figure out what you can say and do to be kind, gracious, and generous in your own way.
Sometimes less is more.
Sometimes inquiring about something unknown leads to a great discovery.
As you know, in the United States, the Christmas market is overwhelming.
Before you plan and execute two to three weeks worth of Christmas festivities, insert Christmas-themed worksheets, and read a Christmas-inspired novel each day, consider the following:
This is an ongoing discussion I have had for 11 years in my classroom, and with my coworkers.
I have always taught in public schools, which requires the separation of church and state. I understand that private schools and other forms of schooling may not need to consider religious-based questions in the same way I do.
However, the reflection aspect, thinking about why we do certain things in our classroom, even with the best intentions, is always beneficial.
This month, before you plan anything, I encourage to think critically and plan mindfully. More happens in December than we realize . . .
Since we discussed math recently, I thought I would share one of my favorite math boards. I received this Math In Minutes board through a DonorsChoose grant, it was purchased at Lakeshore Learning. So much rich discussion and spiral review with this thing — loved it!
Last week I discussed the importance of math-centered literature.. I realize my list of books is small. Since I’m still building my math library, I make it a point to “speak math.”
The opportunity to “speak math” is unlimited; therefore, in addition to books, when can I ask mathematical questions? When can I practice mathematics?
I plan purposefully for mathematical discourse. My questions, my plans, apply learning and make real-world connections.
I have made plans and written suggestions for my classroom and for my students’ families. I have even used some of my ideas with close family and friends. It can be fun and learning-filled, I promise!
The following are questions and ideas I have shared and used:
Math is everywhere. It sounds cliche, but it’s true. If we can remind ourselves, and show our kids, how often we apply math in our everyday life they will not only see its value but they will also see themselves as mathematicians–which is a most positive and beautiful way to see themselves.