Sorting Exit Tickets: A Freebie to Help Differentiate Easily

Exit Tickets.  I seriously love them.  They have seriously shaped the style and format of my classroom over the last two years.  Rather than write paragraphs about my infatuation with Exit Tickets, below are four advantages that I have discovered through using Exit Tickets. In my heart, I believe that part of making all of ^^^^ happen, is properly sorting Exit Tickets and quickly addressing the needs of my students.  Last year and earlier this school year, I did all of the Exit Ticket sorting in my classroom myself.  In my efforts to create a more student-led classroom, I am…

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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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Shape Clubs!

Last week, I wrapped up my unit on shapes.  More specifically, shape hierarchy.  My kids had a good basis for shapes and terminology such as opposite angles and parallel lines but couldn’t connect how some shapes could be classified in more than one category.  I mean, is it just me, or is this a difficult concept to understand?  Tell me I’m not alone! I decided that the easiest way to make the connection for them would be to use “clubs”.  It was something that was easily relatable to them. I told them that around the room were five clubs.  Each…

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Math Routines!

Several weeks ago, I received an email from an oh so sweet follower, that asked how I worked in math warm ups, journals, exit tickets, math videos, and task cards into my day.  As I answered her question, I knew that many others may have similar questions and this would be a great blog post topic.  Although I follow these routines and such everyday, it has taken a while to get my act together in order to create a blog post that really shows and tells what I do each day. Math Video Maybe this is the end of my…

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Solve & Turn FREEBIE!

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new games to engage my students and practice various skills.  Several months ago, I had a last minute schedule change and needed a random little time filler.  My best ideas come to me when I am not planning ahead and am flying by the seat of my pants.  Anyone else feel the same?  Well, on this random day, I made up a game that my kids LOVED!  Earlier this week, one of my kids asked why we hadn’t played that game in a while.  To be honest, I had…

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