I came across this product created by "No More Monkey Business" that I love. For just $1.50, you can buy the formatted letter and a blank frame to send home so parents can write an encouraging letter to their student. Whether you choose to print the letter, send home a blank frame to parents, or both, this is an easy, inexpensive way to let your students know that you believe in them and want them to succeed. Just print and put on student's desk on the morning of testing. Just click below: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/State-Testing-Motivational-Letter-1175252
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Each time our elementary students take a benchmark assessment,
they do a graph that shows their strengths and weaknesses by specific
learning standards. Once students know their weaknesses, they can
access resources to improve their understanding. Here are 38 online
computer games that students can use to practice skills to remediate
weaknesses. I’ve put a thumbnail for each game so students and see if
it’s something they might be interested in.
The compilation of sites on this link, are some of my favorites. I come
across games every day, so how do the games I view make my “faves” list?
They have to be:
- aligned with specific learning standards or reinforce skills that support standard(s)
- so engaging that students will want to play them at home
- easy enough to use that students can access them on their own with little assistance and support
- primarily used for remediation and reinforcement
The link to this site is: Games to Play on a Desktop Computer
Students can access these at home, when they have a few extra minutes in class, or even as a reward. Thanks for letting me share. What are some of your favorite sites for your student who need extra practice? Please leave a comment. I’d love to read about the games that work in your classroom!!!
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
What's better than a sale? A sale at Teacher's Pay Teacher's. That's what!!!! There's one starting tomorrow!!!
Thank you for the heads up Bunting Books and Bright Ideas and for the awesome graphic!
No matter how busy you are, there's always time to do some shopping at Teacher's Pay Teacher's!
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
My day starts at 7:15am when I arrive at school. I am the Math Interventionist for grades 2-5. I meet with my counterpart, the Reading Interventionist. We’re working on a data analysis from our latest benchmark, charting growth (or no growth) of our students; so we share information and tasks that still need to be completed. We also have a Student Support TEAM meeting to prepare for so we share tasks for that too.
At 8:00am I attend a 4th grade Professional Learning Committee Meeting – We’re discussing what each content area is doing and how we can coordinate our efforts to collectively prepare students to be successful in all areas.
At 9:00 am, I have 4 back to back 30-minute intervention lessons for 4th graders and 3rd graders. Our students recently took a Fall benchmark assessment on all of the math content they’ve learned this year. The students have created a SWAG report (graph of the questions they answered correctly (green) and the ones they missed (red) by each Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills "TEKs". The graph gives them a visual of which TEKS they know and which TEKS are weak. They each have a notebook that has their SWAG report, a blank benchmark, and their original benchmark. We’re reworking all of the test questions using our campus-wide problem-solving strategies QFSA and RIJ:
We are primarily focusing on interpreting and understanding what the question is asking us to find. We read the question. We try to see a movie in our mind as we listen to the story problem situation. We draw a picture if we can. I’m discovering when students have a full and complete understanding of what the question is asking, they can complete the rest of the problem-solving steps independently.
At 11:00am I pick up my 2nd graders. We are learning about double-digit addition. My students think it’s a game to model the addends with unifix cubes by connecting the groups of 10 then counting the tens and ones to find the sum.
It’s not quite as easy to move from the concrete unifix cubes to the abstract algorithm. I begin showing them the addition frame and we talk about how it’s similar and different to the unifix cubes grouping that we’ve made.
While my students and I are building, counting, using math terms to talk through what we’re doing and I am asking strategic questions to lead my students to discover regrouping, I’m being evaluated! What?! And, our campus has a new principal and she wants to observe the evaluation process so she’s observing as well. NO PRESSURE!!
At the end of our session, I return my sweet friends to their classroom and swing by the cafeteria for a lunch salad. Some of my 4th grade students have asked to eat lunch with me so they can practice their math facts. They use flash cards or play a game with a deck of cards (take out Kings, Queens, Jacks, and Jokers, first) where each player turns over a card simultaneously and both try to be the first to solve the multiplication of the numbers on the overturned cards.
When lunch is over, I send them out to recess and join an adorable first grader in his math class. He Is working independently adding and subtracting 1-digit numbers so I help anyone in the vicinity that needs help by strategic questioning. Then I bite my tongue and wait as long as I can – reminding myself that students learn when they talk and do.
At 1:00, I head back to my classroom for 2 30-minute back-to-back 5th grade intervention lessons to solve our latest benchmark math assessment questions.
At 2:00, I go to the TAP room for professional development. Our campus is focusing on helping students improve their writing across content areas. Today we are learning about the DIG (Define-Identify-Give examples that show a personal connection). process of brainstorming before writing an expository personal narrative.
3:00 – 3:15. Bus Duty
3:15 – 4:15 Math Facts Club – students struggling with automatic recall of math facts practice using games – card games, board games, computer games.
4:15 – 5:30 Analyzing recent benchmark data for my students. Have they grown since their last assessment? As I discover weak TEKS, I drill down to specific questions that were missed. Why did they miss? Do I need to reteach a concept? Or did students know the math concept but misunderstand the wording? Did they only do one step of a 2-step problem? Did they perform an actual calculation when a problem required an estimate? Did they struggle to retrieve data from a table, chart or graph to perform a calculation? I drill down in detail so I can more fully understand the needs of my students. My intervention time is short, so I have to be intentional.
5:30pm I go home, and like most teachers, I’m reflecting over the day's events - what went right? what went wrong? How can I modify to better meet the needs of my students?
What's your day like? I'd love to know!
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Friday, January 8, 2016
In 2015, with almost no training or knowledge, I jumped in the middle of blogging with both feet. I thought the skills necessary to be successful were innate, native, intuitive. They aren't! At least, not for me! This year, there will some exciting changes for my blog as I seek to master everything there is to know about blogging. While I won't learn everything, I will apply everything I do learn to the Inspired Interventionist ..
I hope you'll stay tuned for the posts to follow - I'll be sharing my favorite apps, games, activities, and processes. There will be a lot of resources, free to use, in the hopes that they will be useful to you. Thanks for letting me share!
To get started:
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Thank you Erin for sponsoring CURRENTLY this month!
Happy 2016 everyone!!!!
- LISTENING to: “I’m so Excited! By the Pointer Sisters”. I’m very excited to be going back to work tomorrow. Tomorrow is our district’s first day back at work after our 2-week holiday break. What can I say? I LOVE my job. I’m nerdy like that!
- LOVING: Our new Principal gave us the whole day tomorrow to work in our rooms!!!! Yippee! I really like having a day back at work to do what I need to do before the kids come back!
- THINKING: that the Spring semester will fly as quickly as the Fall semester did!
- WANTING: An Apple TV connection so that I can mirror student Ipad screens to my projector screen!
- NEEDING: to clear the clutter that has accumulated through the school year! Is it too early to start spring cleaning?
- ONE LITTLE WORD: Intentional – My goal is to be intentional in my teaching and in the way I spend my time!