Back-to-School App Roundup for Teachers

 Well the start of school is upon us, and your social media accounts are undoubtedly  being flooded with adorable, toothless back to school photos from all the proud mamas and papas out there.  Teachers, however, are also gearing up to kick off the new school year.  This week they will be meeting the newest heard of young people entrusted to their care.  As such, I put together a great list of some of my favourite digital tools out there that make a teacher’s life a touch easier.  You can head over to my article posted at the Yellin Center for Mind, Brain and Education where you will find my write up accompanied by videos on each of the apps.  Below you will also find a copy of my commentary on the merits of each tool. Happy back to school, and an even happier school-year!

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Freebie Friday: Find Five Quadrilateral Math Game (+ other geometry activities)

PNG Picture of gameThe Yellin Center Blog showcased another one of my resources this week.  You can head over to my article on the game for the full lesson plan and game play rules, as well as an in depth detailing of how I have used the game in my own classrooms.   An augmented version of the game is also available free for download on the Yellin Center Blog, or the full version is up on my Teachers pay Teachers store.  Continue reading “Freebie Friday: Find Five Quadrilateral Math Game (+ other geometry activities)”

Freebie Friday: Noggle

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Another activity I designed is up on the Yellin Center Blog. Noggle is a math game that I developed when I first started substitute teaching since it is flexible across grades and required little material prep. Noggle follows the same rules as Boggle but with numbers instead of letters.  For more information on the game rules, how I have used this activity, its alignment to the educational standards and an example of the Noggle game board I designed head over the the Yellin Center blog.  As always, I hope you enjoy it and can make great use out of it. I know my students have loved it.

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Teaching Moments: Math Games

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As of next week, I will begin a teaching position doing math intervention for at risk students in a Harlem Public School.  I am incredibly, heart pumping excited for this next chapter in my teaching career.  My work in Harlem will be unlike any of my previous experiences as a Canadian public school teacher.   I am confident that as I work to teach my students mastery over the mathematical concepts that they will be teaching me equally as much about what it is to be a thoughtful, culturally aware, engaged educator.  I am eager to grow my professional competencies as I experience the grind and joys of inner city, urban teaching.  So with all the excitement in me building, and my patience to begin waning,  all I can do is start to plan by scouring my  math materials to see what might be applicable to my new students.  I have unearthed a few games that I have created and used in my math classroom that I thought I should share with the greater teaching world. Throughout my teaching career I have always struggled to find resources that reflect my exact vision for my curriculum or meet the precise, unique needs of my students.  So as a result I tend to devise all my own worksheets, games and handouts.  Often my creations are inspired by things I see done by others or a need I see arising in a child, but in the end I tailor my inspirations into something that aligns with my educational philosophy. So with that in mind, please use these resources, adapt them and if possible give me your feedback so I can better them in the future.   Continue reading “Teaching Moments: Math Games”