Category Archives: professional development

Day 79: Targeting 2500

On Target! is perfect for practice for any concept, with estimation and strategy thrown in for good measure. In this variation, played with a class of 4th graders, the target was 2500. Players select 4 cards from the deck (1o’s … Continue reading

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Day 27: Batters Up

Yup, my 5th grade advanced students had the chance to partake in another engaging activity presented by  Jane Felling at NCTM Baltimore. In this game, players select a given number of cards from a deck and arrange them to form … Continue reading

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Day 26: Let’s Rock and Roll!

One of the games I learned from Jane Felling’s Power Play session at NCTM Baltimore was called “Rock and Roll.” This game, perfect for those few extra minutes, practices naming numbers, place value and comparing numbers. Players shake and roll out … Continue reading

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Day 25: NCTM Day 2

Since I am a bit rushed, here is the short version of my day. Learned about using number lines in the classroom. Rocked and rolled (literally, as the zumba music in the room below shook the ballroom) with a great … Continue reading

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Day 24: NCTM Day 1

My day can be summed up in four words. Boxcars and One-Eyed Jacks. One of the best pieces of advice I received about attending the NCTM Regional Conference was that if a session does not meet your needs, don’t waste … Continue reading

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Day 23: Baltimore Bound

Last October I attended my first NCTM Regional Conference. It was incredible! Presenters passionately and enthusiastically shared their ideas. My favorite aspect was the Gallery Workshops. They were interactive and engaging, providing hands-on activities that could be implemented immediately in … Continue reading

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Day 22: How to Learn Math

Towards the end of the summer, I participated in Jo Boaler’s online course through Stanford University titled, “How to Learn Math.” Today, I received my course certificate. While I learned a lot, it was the opportunities for reflection that resonated … Continue reading

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