Building Mathematical Comprehension {Chapter 5}

Many times throughout this book, I had major AHA! moments when relating reading comprehension strategies to mathematics.  This chapter, however, was the exception.  I find that my students constantly struggle with completing word problems because they have a hard time “seeing” what is happening in the problem at hand.  Despite knowing that they struggle, I didn’t know how to best support them in their learning.  This is where my AHA! moment occurred during this chapter!  ๐Ÿ™‚ I often grew frustrated with my students for not being able to solve a problem, because in my mind, it was simple.  I could…

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5 Strategies to Help Your Students Generate Questions

Yesterday, I shared my weekly post in the Building Mathematical Comprehension book study.  As I said in that post, this chapter is so long and full of great ideas.  So full, that I had to break it up into two posts.  Today’s post is all about the strategies that Sammons suggests to help your students generate good questions! Model Think-Alouds Modeling Think Alouds is something that I am seriously not so good at doing.  I actually used to do this more in my role as a special education teacher.  In one of my inclusion classrooms, I would often play the…

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Building Mathematical Comprehension {Chapter 4}

Welcome back to this excellent book study hosted by A Teacher Mom!  I am seriously loving working my way through this book.  I can’t help but think as I read each chapter that I should have made these connections myself.  Since I didn’t, I’m so thankful that I am participating in this book study.  I truly believe that this book is making me look at the core dynamics of mathematical understanding.  I also think I could summarize, add my own thoughts, and try to explain so many points of this book to you…..but we would be here all day.  Buy…

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Building Mathematical Comprehension {Chapter 3}

What do you think of when you hear the term Making Connections?  For me, it always makes me think of reading and the process of making text connections to self, other texts, and the world.  After reading this chapter from Building Mathematical Comprehension, I am falling deeper in love with the concept of bringing reading strategies in to mathematics instruction. In my classroom, I feel that I incorporate these principles but I could be putting more emphasis and modeling the skills that I current make small mentions of currently.  The first connection mentioned by Sammons is the “Math-to-Self Connection.”  She…

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Building Mathematical Comprehension {Chapter 1}

I am so excited to begin reading the book Building Mathematical  Comprehension by Laney Sammons.  I have owned this book for over a year but have been so swamped with working on school related things that I haven’t had a chance to just sit down and read!  Right now, I’m blogging from a beautiful cabin in Gatlinburg, TN that I am renting with the rest of my family for the week.  We have twelve people in one house.  We’ll see who comes out alive! ๐Ÿ™‚  On the drive down, I had a chance to dive into this great book!  This…

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