Monday, March 25, 2013

Brain Farts & Easter Math Stations

I have been struggling with our new math series, Go Math.  It just seems to slow us down with all the extra "stuff"  that the textbook company feels we need to teach.   I am almost done with chapter 4 out of 12 chapters which is just crazy behind.  I have pretty much tossed the textbook aside and only use it to help guide me in planning the lessons.  The kids and I hate how certain topics are introduced / taught and there is concepts that are missing or rushed.  I do not know if I am frustrated with the textbook company or the Common Core.  Maybe both??

So I have been wanting to do math stations once a week but could not if I followed the Go Math textbook.  The week before spring break seemed like a perfect week to use math stations for some multiplication and division reinforcement.  Here are my four stations that we started today and will wrap up tomorrow.

1.  I stole borrowed this idea from A Teacher Without A Class,   "Scrambled Eggs Multiplication."  This time of year I always have a gazillion plastic eggs rolling around hence where I got the Easter theme for my stations.  On one half the egg I wrote a math fact from 5 - 9 and then on the other half I wrote the product.  I took the eggs apart and the kids had to match the facts up correctly and write them down on a sheet of notebook paper that they turned in.  For some reason my kids are having, "brain farts" or memory loss with their multiplication facts.

2.  This is one of my favorite websites for math games, Math Playground.  I use my Smartboard for groups to play Penguin Jump Multiplication.  Another attempt to refresh their multiplication facts "brain farts."  They love this game.

3.  I am lucky to have 3 desktops in my classroom so I have a group playing Snork's Long Division on them.  This online game has the kids complete one step at a time for long division and even gives them a hint.  You may need to turn down the volume or have the kids use headphones, the music can get on your nerves.  LOL

4. This station was the entire reason I wanted to do stations.  I have three students at a time come to me with a dry erase boards and practice their long division skills.  I then can try to redirect and prompt them through each problem. 

No pictures.   I was really trying to focus on my 2 groups today.  Maybe I will take a few of the kids in the stations tomorrow and add them to my post. 

I am very lucky because currently I only have 12 kids in my fourth grade math class so I made 4 groups of 3 kids (low, low medium, medium and high).  I have decided to have the high group try division with repeated subtraction and partial quotient after I demonstrate  instead of boring them with more long division problems.  The high group has shown me mastery with long division so I want to challenge them but the other groups are still really shaky.  Hopefully I can start doing different stations every Friday.  I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Happy Monday,

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pinterest and Blogging Frustrations / Questions ????

I hope one of my bloggy friends have some answers to my questions.  Lately it feels like my blog / internet has a mind of its own.  Last week my blog went haywire and had this label "You are popular - Photobucket."  all over my blog!  I Googled all over the internet what this was and how to get rid of it and at last had to contacted the girl who designed my blog, I guess Photobucket got a bug and all the "Pro" accounts were having problems.  Thankfully that did resolve itself. and I pretty much did not have to do anything.  Whew!

Now..... my Pinterest account!  It looks very normal but I am seeing people that I am NOT following on my homepage.  Here is a screen shot.

Who is Fiona Haythornthwaite?  She is not the only one that is on my home page that I am not following.  So I went on Google to see if anyone else has had issue and maybe I could fix / correct the problem.

Here is what I found and what I have done so far.

1.  Clicked on the mystery name and then try to unfollow but the follow button is not even clicked.  So I clicked follow all and then waited 10 seconds and then clicked unfollow.  Nope did not work.

2.  Then I clicked directly to that person board.  Still not following it but I clicked follow and waited then clicked unfollow.  Nope still did not fix the problem!  Now I am getting mad.

3.  I change my password to see if these mystery followers stop. Just in case my account was hacked into.  Of course not, now there is even more followers on my home page that I am not following.  What the %#$*!!!!!

3.  I read that I should click on my name on the right of the page and then click on who I am following and then look through looking at who does not look familiar or if I may be following a group board and unfollow.  Guess what?  All those strangers are not there either and no mystery boards that I do not know about!  I am now shaking my laptop. 

Ok my question is... Is anyone else having this problem?  Is Pinterest getting too big for their own britches and now they are taking it upon themselves to follow people for us.  Is there any way to fix this issue? 

So far most of the pins are school / teachers stuff with a few strange ones.  I worry that soon there will be inappropriate ones and I have a teenage daughter that does look at my Pinterest.

There was one solution mentioned when I Googled my question and it was to deactivate my account.  Oh gosh  I can't do that!  All my pins!  All those great teacher / school / home / recipes I could just go on and on.  To start over from scratch makes me sick!  Plus I am truly addicted to Pinterest!  Nothing makes me happier then to look at all those beautiful pictures to get my creative juices flowing. 

Help!  Any one else having this issue and found a solution?

Happy Sunday:/


Thursday, March 7, 2013

March Currently

It is that time again for Farley's March Currently but of course I am late getting this posted. I am sure I will be the 1 millionth person.  Oh well there is always next month. Here we go...

Listening - I am listening to the heater in my classroom because my kids are taking the Iowa's.  I am taking advantage that I am sitting her proctoring the test and my school laptop has PowerPoint so I can do this month's Currently.

Loving - Peace and quiet...... one word "Testing."

Thinking - I should be doing lesson planning.  Isn't that constantly? Ha!

Wanting - A hot cup of coffee.  I can always use a pick me up in the afternoon.

Needing - To take a bathroom break.  Doesn't that always happen when you cannot leave the classroom?  Always!

Like, Love, Hate - My name starts with a "W" so.... I like warm days and can't wait until this winter is over.  I love work meaning I love to teach even though it has been a bit stressful this last week for one reason or another but I am so looking forward to the 3 day weekend.  Yahooo!!!!!!  I hate whining!  Ugh, especially when the kids (my own or my class kids) whine that their lives are so tough.  Oh please!  

Happy Friday (almost!),