I teach at a public elementary school with a diverse population of students. Our school is home to families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and economic statuses. We are a large school with over 1,000 students. While this size presents some challenges, it also allows for our teachers and students to get to know and learn from people in all different walks of life. I love watching the students form friendships that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to build.
My students come from hard-working families.
Many of the students spend a lot of time in aftercare programs while their parents are working to provide for them. I work with many students who are English Language Learners, students with special needs and students who come from economically disadvantaged families. These conditions, along with may others, affect student learning in the classroom. Helping my students to learn and grow on a daily basis is all the more rewarding as they strive to overcome their individual challenges.
For students to excel in Math, practicing and applying skills is an integral component to the learning process. A lot of times, this means a long list of problems to solve in a workbook or on a worksheet. This is not engaging to students and many end up feeling bored or frustrated with the amount of work assigned. I am constantly working to find engaging ways for students to practice and apply learned skills so that they can become more confident in what they have learned.
VersaTiles are a great way to allow students to practice the skills learned in class in a hands-on and engaging manner.
While students are still given problems to solve, it is combined with a puzzle format. Students will be motivated to solve the problems correctly in order to have the correct pattern in their VersaTiles. Not only is this an engaging way to practice skills, it also allows students to check their own work and self-correct any mistakes. Students receive immediate feedback and can learn from their mistakes on the spot rather than ending up with misconceptions that need to be corrected later. I am excited about the idea of adding VersaTiles to my math classroom.
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