Put That Pencil Down! How to Practice Perserverance — Beyond Traditional Math

So this is my WORST habit. When a child doesn’t understand something, I pick up their pencil and start explaining. Bah! It’s my immediate go to strategy because the solution path is clear in MY mind. Why is picking up a child’s pencil a terrible idea? Some parts of the thinking may be clear in […]

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Reading deeply

Video on Reading for Comprehension


1. The purpose of academic reading is successful meaning-making of the text.

2. One might think comprehension is “knowing what the words mean” and “what the author said”. When there is no reflection, understanding breaks down. One may not know there is misunderstanding and thus one continues in ignorance. Therefore, a lot of attention has to be placed on getting to feel the lack of understanding/slow down in the face of the realization that one did not get it.

3. What research does exist makes clear that self-prompted main idea/summarization is the most important strategy.


4. All of the successful interventions with strategies to help meaning-making leads to the use a steady diet of formative assessments with progressively challenging texts to be read to check if comprehension and the use of specific strategies, are improving.


70 books to make you feel hopeful: An end-of-year reading list — ideas.ted.com

Need a dose of literary oomph and inspiration? Here’s a selection of uplifting reads — all suggested by TED speakers — for your end-of-year break. When you get snowed — or rained — in Take This Stallion by Anaïs Duplan An hour with this book will change even the pitch of your internal thoughts, as…

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Webinars – Small Business Development Center – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Webinars – Small Business Development Center – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Liked this resource: Thinking Mathematically : nrich.maths.org

Thinking Mathematically : nrich.maths.org.

Trying out math lessons on AAAMath.com


Idea 176: Beat the Calculator Maths Starter Game

Idea 177: Maths Estimation Starter Activity

Happy Mother’s Day

4 Mothers

We can’t think of a better way to send you off to the weekend than with this clip from Maya Angelou on love and mothers.  From 4 Mothers to you, have a very happy Mother’s Day.

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May 8th

Cooking Up Some Knowledge


-Negative Numbers have been a real challenge all year. We are finally in our unit focusing on them. This week I have seen the light bulb go off for several students!

-It was also great to see the students enthusiasm for survivor challenge coming up in two weeks.

-Teach appreciation was made special by so many students and their thoughtful parents. Thank you for helping make this week so special.

Next Week

Math- wrap up unit 7

Reading- End of Year Reading Assessment (Dibels), continue researching for our inquiry projects, skills- Fact and Opinion/Predict and Set Purpose

Writing- Finish character Essays and begin study of poetry

S.S.- begin famous speeches

Science- Life science cont.

Spelling- Unit 6 The Hindenburg (ex. clean, cleanse, inspire, inspiration, legal, legality…)

Upcoming Dates

Next week is a Coin War Spirit Week.

May 14 – Celebration of the Arts – 5:30 – 7:00 (dinner) –…

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