I teach Kindergarten at a magnet school within a large urban school district. Special focus is placed on teaching children to think globally, especially in terms of environment and culture. It is a small learning community which spans grades K-8. Most of the students are bused from various parts of the city, creating a diverse socio-economic and ethnic population.
The children are naturally curious and love hands-on projects.
My classroom is focused on satisfying their inquisitive nature by providing resources for exploring books, science, mathematical concepts, arts, and more.
My school has adopted a math program that is better aligned with common core standards for math practices, such as problem-solving, reasoning, modeling and using appropriate tools strategically. My students and I have really enjoyed implementing it this year, and with a few supplemental tools, I'll be able to implement it even more fully next year.
I have seen my kindergartners truly blossom as young mathematicians as a result.
They understand numbers and equations on a deeper level than I thought possible at such a young age. They are picking up on geometry and measurement very quickly. I look forward to starting off next year with a few of the items that I wished I had during math instruction this year: rekenreks, rulers, displayable number bonds, a math game for introducing the concept of equations in a concrete and fun way, and bins for organizing the materials.
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