I teach at a TK-6th grade school in Davis, CA. My first graders are curious, funny, and hardworking. Within my classroom I have a wide range of ability levels, cultures, and interests represented by my students.
In our classroom we strive to become the best readers, writers, mathematicians, and human beings that we can possibly be.
I want my students to be able to think critically and develop 21st century skills that will help them be successful as they move into the future.
My students work so hard each day to learn new math concepts and skills but sometimes we have a hard time getting this new information to stick! How can we build on what we already know if it's not anchored in our brains? My first graders need interactive anchor charts, post its for exit slips, and math journal supplies that will help them to write and draw about new math concepts all the while, learning the vitally important skill of note-taking.
Note taking in 1st grade?!
Yes! Our youngest students can learn to take notes when they are explicitly taught how to. The Teachers Pay Teachers resource that I am requesting will help me guide instruction with math journal prompts that are interactive and blend drawing and writing to help those tricky math concepts stick. Studies show that note-taking helps us encode new information and form new pathways in the brain as opposed to passively taking in the information that we are expected to retain. Even first graders can learn to take notes that they can later use as a reference if they are shown how to, through guided and engaging lessons.
I am also requesting materials that will help us create anchor charts and exit tickets. Anchor charts are a visual way (think interactive-poster) to build student understanding and display the strategies that we are practicing in the classroom. Post-its are a great way to keep those charts interactive but we go through a ton of them (think 25 each time we make a chart or do an exit ticket which can be 2-3 times a week). Post-its provide students with an easy way to get their thinking upon a chart or as an informal assessment to show me what they know!
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