Friday, 31 July 2015

Back to School Savings!

It back to school once again and here is a great sale for you. Go to my store at TPT for a 20% discount off! All you do is select those that you wish to purchase, enter the promo code: BTS15 for a further 10% off at checkout! Yes, you heard me correctly! That is a great big savings of 28%!
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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Using Technology in the Classroom





Are you using technology in the classroom or are you integrating technology? Well, depending on your response you would realize that the two are not the same. Using technology in the classroom can simply mean using technological devices for no educational purpose. However, when we integrate technology in the classroom we plan and structure student learning so that the use of these technological devices brings about purposeful learning. Technological devices and media mobile devices includes smartphones and tablets, computers, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications and the Internet.

Many teachers begin planning with the technological tool in mind as a way of integrating technology, however this is not a good way to start. As with any good lesson you should plan instruction with the student behavioral outcome in mind. What skill or behavior do I want my students to achieve? How best can I get them there? How can I get my students to achieve these objectives? How can I use technological as an instructional tool rather than a tool for content engagement? The use of technological devices must be well positioned and meaningful in your lesson so that it does not become a distraction.

I came across some ideas that I wish to share. Below is a chart from Teachbytes which offers a detailed perspective on the main differences between using technology and integrating technology.


Here are some other helpful articles and videos for you.
Enjoy!



Why Integrate Technology? from Edutopia

How to Integrate Technology? from Edutopia

What is Successful Integration? from Edutopia





Sunday, 26 April 2015

Mother's May






Here is a fun and FREE Mother’s Day activity that starts early May and continues for as long as your kiddos wish to take it. Give them the opportunity to show love to their mother in whatever way they choose and record their progress for the entire month. The objective is to make mom happy and extend this honor beyond the special day. All they do is color the heart or place a tick for each day that they show their mom love. They may choose to orally describe their actions during class discussions or record it on the accompanying writing sheet.

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

What is Subitizing?


While familiarizing myself with the changes to our primary school Math curriculum I came across the term 'subitizing' in Mathematics. Naturally I had to do a little research to begin to understand what it is all about. Quite simply I came to the realization that this is nothing new. Subitizing is knowing what an amount is without counting. By simply looking at patterns or the arrangement of the shapes one can immediately tell how many there are in the set. It's like looking at the dots on a di and knowing how many there are without even counting. That is what we call 'subitizing'!

The term 'Subtizing' was coined in 1949 by Kaufman, Lord, Jensen, Reese, & Reese and Volkmann in the article entitled, 'The Discrimination of Visual Number'. In this article Subitizing is explained as the effortless and quick identification of the number of items in a set of objects (the cardinality of the set) if the set has four or fewer items


 

 

At a glance you are able to quickly and effortlessly tell the amount represented in each set based on the visual pattern or the spatial arrangement of the dots. However, subitizing becomes more difficult for numbers greater than four.because of the difficulties in grouping the elements.


 


In the sets above the spatial arrangement of the dots will most likely be a little more challenging for preschool kids. In that case they will either look for the familiar one-to-four arrangements or resort to one-by-one counting to solve.

I have found that the subitizing of numbers one to four is extremely important in early math literacy. As such greater attention is needed to this foundation skill and that once taught properly learning to recognize greater sets would be far easier to accomplish.


For more indepth information on the basics of subitizing go to University of Buffalo Website (PDF link).


Free Pretty Black and White Dice Clip Art Set

Free Heart Shaped Subitizing Cards








Saturday, 11 April 2015

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