What to take away

First things first I want to thank you for reading my blog. This is my first time doing this and I actually really enjoyed it. If there is anything I want you to take away from my blog posts it’s something that we all know already. It’s that we are all different in many ways. For future educators one of the biggest things I want you to take away is that there are different learning styles and students in your class may have some of the same ones and work well together in groups, or maybe they don’t. It’s important to keep and open mind and stay positive when you start to learn their learning styles because some may surprise you!

I also want you to think about using a simple manipulative when you are teaching lessons because for me it changed my life when it came to math. I know that sometimes it may be more difficult to use them and keep our class on task, but if you explain the importance of them at the beginning of the year it will help you and your students excel so much more! I have seen in it my own practicums and I really want to stress a manipulative because it works! It could be something as simple as introducing online math through something like Kahn Academy in your classroom (in high school, to be done while in class) and not just online games or advancements.

Lastly I want to you encourage you again to keep an open mind when trying different styles of teaching or when you differentiate a lesson for some students. This is also something that is so easy to do and makes the difference. When a professor did this for me, like I said before, it really changed my relationship with math. It’s not my favorite subject by any means, but I no longer hate it because I think I suck at it. I don’t cry myself to sleep at night anymore because I have a test the next day. I simply study and learn in a way that is most beneficial for me because my learning style is my own and I know that about myself.

 

Thanks for reading, and remember, keep and open mind!

 

Let’s jump into the (Number) line!

Come on everyone, let’s jump into another manipulative to help support learning another way to divide numbers! This method is another great way to show a model of division and multiplication. This is again, a visual aid to help your students see what they are learning. However it can easily be changed into a kinesthetic lesson by having kids jump, or hive high-fives, or sit in groups. This my dear readers is the number line model and I am excited to explain a little bit more about and my experiences with it.

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In this picture below it shows how jumps of numbers like 4 jumps of 5 equals 20. When written on paper it would look like 4×5=20. What I have seen done in an elementary classroom to engage all students was the students stood up and they literally jumped their equations in the classroom. This was so amazing to see because it engaged all students and they loved this lesson. Throughout this class when I was working on the online homework I would run into things that I struggled with because it is harder for me to learn online than it is in class because I like the face to face learning and actual conversations.

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However when there would be sets I was struggling with and then a problem like the number line ones I would think about how my practicum teacher would use learning styles to her advantage and engage the students. This made me think about what I know about myself and how I learn. It would make me find a different way to think about a difficult problem so that I could understand it and be prepared for it on a quiz. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I wouldn’t have learned this method without a manipulative, and watched a different teacher come up with another manipulative that engaged all the students. I liked the group work that is done in classes so I can have/see the “aha” moment and see what lead me to that so that I can possibly use it for another student if they are struggling.

Let’s take away some stress!

There are many ways to model division in a classroom. As I mentioned earlier I will forever stand by using a manipulative to introduce something new in math. It will benefit all of your students to physically see what you are saying when you model it. One of the first examples that I want to share with you can be done by drawing with dry erase markers, with physical blocks, popsicle sticks, same color M&M’s, or even a worksheet that they can color code, really your options for a manipulative are absolutely endless.

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Here is one example of using the take away model, and when I learned this model there was this huge relief for me, and there was this take away of stress! J I think what I liked most was that when I learned this method it was in a small group, which was how I learned best, and we all talked through the method after the directions were orally given to us. I was really nervous to try to re-learn this method because

 

***well since this is my blog and I think that it is important to be honest to the readers who take the time out of their day to read my blog and I have a secret… I failed this class before because I teacher told me I was stupid… literally. I can tell you first hand that sure didn’t motivate me to do math***

I had difficulties with this class before and I really wanted to do well, but I had such a negative stigma towards math and so learning something new, that I had actually already learned but didn’t understand, was extremely intimidating to me. I wanted no part of it. However this particular professor had introduced a manipulative to teach this method and he talked about how useful and simple they are to have in classes. I really like this method simply because it makes me smile because now I understand it, and I want to teach it to everyone because this was my “aha” moment.

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If you need a little more help teach students I found that this video is another way to show the take away model

What is your style?

Math is something that we all encounter everyday and that will never change, if I am being honest the amount of math we use in a day will probably double in the near future. With all the technology that is coming into the world it is important that children are still learning how to do math without always using technology.  However is it also a good idea to teach them resources online to help them advance in math. That is why it is important to use an, easy to understand, manipulative when introducing a new lesson. It can be something as simple as popsicle sticks, or something that incorporates technology such as a website with many math games that are engaging and still challenge the students abilities.

Here are a few websites that will link kids to math games that will help them advance their skills.

Throughout my blog I will often go back to differentiating lessons, and knowing your students well enough to know what learning style fits them best. I will do that because it is something that I truly believe in and will stand by throughout my entire teaching career. It also helps me process why I struggled with math so much growing up and I am excited to share that journey with you all and hopefully open your minds to teaching to your students learning styles and needs.

I would first like to start with the three most common styles of learning. The first is auditory, this is where your students are very good a processing oral communication. They like oral instructions and projects that involve communication and talking to others to brainstorm ideas. The next is visual learning; these students like to see what they are doing. They are very receptive to visual aids and being able to physically see and do their work. It is similar to kinesthetic in the way where they like to physically see what they are doing, but in kinesthetic students need to be moving. That is where a manipulative can be extremely helpful because it can benefit ALL of your students. That is also why there are so many people that struggle and hate math, because they didn’t learn in a way that was the best fit for themselves. They got the plain Jane read this and then do the homework but I know for me that didn’t help me learn, finding my style, which is visual, is what helped me learn and grow to enjoy math more than I ever have.

I watched this Ted talk about how math needs a makeover and I couldn’t agree more. I’m going to leave it below and I hope you enjoy it!

https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover/up-next