I’m baaaacckkk….

UPDATE

It feels like it has been to long…and it has.  Since I started this blog, many things have changed.  I have grown so much in my mathematical thinking, I have discovered so many new tools in flipping, my team of students and teachers have switched from laptops to iPads, and I recently became a mom to a beautiful baby girl!

WHY I AM BACK

I am back and want to be more committed than ever, especially since I will be home with my daughter until November.  I plan to use some nap time each day to post my thoughts and findings when it comes to math, common core, flipping, etc.  I want to use this time and this blog to help organize the overwhelming amount of ideas I come across and figure out the best way to incorporate them into my teaching.  This will be my cathartic way of digesting the information that I find and figuring out the best way to use them so that it will enhance my teaching.  I hope that anyone that follows my blog from now on will also help me find ways to incorporate my thoughts into the classroom or I hope that those following will take something away from this and use it to push their teaching.

NEXT TIME

My next post will talk more about the tools I currently use, Showbie, Blendspace, eChalk, Mathletics, etc.  I also will be looking into all the Twitter posts from ISTE that happened this past weekend.

COMMON CORE

Lastly, I want to share again that I am a proponent of the Common Core Math Standards.  I know their is controversy surrounding these standards, but I want you to be aware that I support the idea of teaching students math in a way that helps them to fully understand the math concepts in a way that I was never taught and am currently learning.  This is what I think Common Core math means.  If we can keep this in mind then how are they bad?  Don’t we want this for our children?  Just because it is different from how we are taught, does not make it bad.  I still find value in knowing basic math facts, but I also want them to understand the connection between their facts.  How the four basic operations are related and what rules can be applied to each (commutative, associative, etc) while learning the facts, not later in a separate unit.  I hope this helps you all understand where I am coming from when I go through my blog!  Thanks!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. akruder
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 23:15:28

    Congratulations on your new baby! I am looking forward to your next post about all of the tools you’re using.

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  2. Sue Butler
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 03:16:49

    Welcome back! I’m eagerly anticipating your reflections on flipping.

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