Flash Freebie – 200 Facebook likes!

Hi there everyone,

Yay! I’ve reached 200 Facebook likes! To celebrate I’ve made my Place Value Task Cards FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for the next 24 hours. I know many of you are teaching place value at the beginning of the year and this set helps students to reinforce their understanding of place value up to 1000 in a variety of ways! Check them out by clicking on the image below.

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You Oughta Know About… Speed Challenges

Hi everyone,

I’m very excited to be involved in my very first blog hop. I’m teaming up with Jasmine over at Buzzing With Mrs McClain to tell you about something you oughta know!

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And that is… Speed Challenges on the Top Marks website! This is a mental math challenge against the clock! Each challenge gives the students 10 questions to answer. They are ideal for displaying on an interactive whiteboard or students can access the challenges on computers or tablets.
First you must choose the area of mental maths. There is wide range of topics from number through to fractions and measures.
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The next screen takes you through to more specific areas within the chosen topic so you can choose the level suited to abilities of the students in your class. On this page you must also select the length of time the students will have to answer each question. This ranges from 2 second to 20 seconds. I love decreasing the time my students have to answer the questions over the course of a teaching unit and watching how their mental recall skills have improved.
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As soon as you click on the specific challenge the questions will start. I usually get my students to record their answers on mini whiteboards with a dry wipe pen.
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Next the answer page will be displayed. You have to click on each question to reveal the answers, so you can  reveal them one at a time. I usually get my students to mark their own work.
 
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You can use this anytime during the school day. It is great to use for a mental warm up in a math lesson or if you have a spare couple of minutes before lunch! It really does help the students to practise their mental calculation and recall skills and it is great watching them get quicker at the challenges over time. Check the site out – I hope you find it as useful as I have!


100 TpT followers!

Hi everyone,

I want to tell you all about my milestone!!! I’ve finally reached 100 followers on Teachers pay Teachers! I’ve been watching that little number go up and today it has finally hit 3 digits!! To celebrate I’m holding a flash freebie on my Guided Reading Task Cards for the next 24 hours!

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Grab them while they’re FREE!

Alternative to ‘hands up’

Hi everyone,

Imagine the scenario – you’ve just asked a key question. You want to make sure your students understand the concept you are teaching, you want to get them all involved, you want to quickly assess their understanding of the math concept you have just taught them. This is where multiple choice answer cards come into play.

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I give each student in my class a set of four multiple choice answer cards labelled A, B, C or D. They are quick and simple to make from pieces of colored card. Here’s how it works –  I ask a question and  give four possible answers labelled from A through to D, one correct and three incorrect. The students work out the answer and pick the correct answer card. They can either move it closer to them, away from the other cards, or hold their chosen answer up. This way, every student in the classroom is actively involved in working out the answer. It relieves the ‘everyone is looking at me’ pressure on the more reserved students and gives them a chance to provide an answer in a less stressful way. Its is also great for those kinaesthetic learners as they can physically manipulate the answer cards in front of them, moving the answers they have discounted away from them. When the students have chosen their answer, you can do a quick assessment of the understanding of every individual in your class.

It is great to use in paired talk and get students to consider the different options. The cards can also be used as props in discussion, i.e. which of the following four items do you consider to be the most important for…?  Students can order the cards according to their own thoughts and opinions.

Obviously I still do use traditional hands up as well when the students are given no answer options and it is still important to ask open questions but this is nice little alternative to use now and again to get every student in the class involved in providing answers!