My students need puzzles to help them to learn numbers, improve their thinking skills, concentration, and problem solving skills.
Do you remember playing with a puzzle when you were younger and how excited you were when you finished it? It was a very fun activity. I would like to use puzzles to teach my students numbers..
My students are African-American and Hispanic students who live in a high poverty neighborhood in Dallas.
The neighborhood is also drug and crime infested. More than 90% of the students are on free lunch. Many of their parents do not have a high school education or speak English. Some of the students that come to our school have repeated a grade level, have behavior problems, or are not where they should be academically. This year the students scored very low on the math portion of the state standardized test. It is time for this to change. Many of our students are neglected, have emotional problems, or are being taken care of by their grandparents or siblings. Teachers get little parent support. These students require a lot of love, patience and attention but are a joy to work with.
I have noticed that mostly all of my students did not attend Pre-K or an early childhood program, so many of them do not know how to identify numbers or count. This puts them even more behind
All of the puzzles I have selected have numbers and counting skills integrated into them. These puzzles will teach the students how to count, recognize numbers, and how to put them in order. The puzzles will also be used to create a puzzle center in my classroom. Students will go there to work with the puzzles while I work with another group of students. Having number puzzles are great because it will improve their concentration and problem solving skills while reinforcing numbers.
I am a new kindergarten math teacher and I am excited to be teaching this subject.
These students are our future doctors, accountants, pharmacists, and financial planners. It is important that we invest in their education now because they will be the ones in charge of our health and money in the future. Help me to create mathematicians.
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