I am the luckiest teacher in the world because I get to spend each day with enthusiastic little learners who are eager. They love to learn and find answers to questions.
I work with many students who are English language learners and students with special needs, but they are the hardest workers I know!
My students need a comfortable environment so they feel at ease and confident each day and ready to learn.
Many students do not have many books at home. They need classroom books that are engaging to foster a love of learning. These students usually have farther to go, but they reach goals because of their effort.
Every day, my students engage in math workshop in the following manner: 15-20 minutes of whole group learning, then 40-45 minutes of small group and independent learning. The reason for this is because students have a wide range of ability and small group lessons and independent work are tailored to their individual needs.
The math counters, number bond games, giant ten-frame, two-color counters, addition and subtraction pop game and fishing game will help increase and fosters students' mathematical thinking and sense.
I will use the two color counters and giant mat in whole group lessons during the greater part of the year as students solidify their understanding of ten as a base for their mathematical thinking.
The colored counters and math games will be used in the differentiated math centers as I work with other groups. First grade students need to be able to count to 120 orally. These materials will help them learn to do this while being engaged by the different objects.
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