Saturday, 9 March 2019

Fraction Posters for Every Classroom

nicadez, nicole hernandez, a teacher's idea

These fraction posters are a great visual support for introducing the concept of fractions and leads up to the division of fractions. The inclusion of examples and graphical representations make these posters great visual reminders for students. Every math classroom needs these fraction posters

This 35 poster set includes the following:

- What is a Fraction?
- How do We Write a Fraction?
- Fractions in Words
- Representing Fractions
*Area Model
*Linear (Line) Model
*Set Model
- Equivalent Fractions
-Equivalent Fractions Using Repeated Addition (Times Tables) 2x -12x
- Proper & Improper Fractions
- Mixed Numbers (Mixed Fractions)
- Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers
- Converting Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions
- Ordering Fractions –Same Denominators
- Ordering Fractions – Different Denominators
- Comparing Fractions – Same Denominators
- Comparing Fractions – Different Denominators
- The Butterfly Method
- Addition of Fractions
- Subtraction of Fractions
- Subtraction of Fractions – Mixed Numbers
- Subtraction of Fractions (Regrouping)
- Multiplication & Division of Fractions
- Simplifying Fractions

Common Core Aligned:
3.NF.3, 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2

(Just click on the picture for further details )


Classroom posters can be used as a teaching tool to recognize goals, set expectations or to introduce or review concepts. They can be used as standalone aids to help students master particular strategies and techniques.
The following are different ways of using classroom posters:
1) They can be used full size as posters.
2) They can be printed standard size (8.5 x 11 inches) and banded into a booklet as a study resource for students as an individual or small group activity.
3) As anchor charts
4) They can be used as 
reference books for small group use. Simply print and slide pages in sheet protectors to compile a binder or folder document.
5) They can be printed smaller (print 2 or 4 to a page) to be used in your interactive math notebook or in flip books for individual use.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

How to Teach with Integrity

nicadez; a teacher's idea

Imagine you send a group of students on to the next grade level. You have tried your best to prepare them especially since you have had them for a year. You have watched them blossom, whether it is a small measure of growth or a mammoth leap forward. You have communicated every aspect of their learning with their parents. You send them forward with your blessings and with great anticipation for the successes to come. Very early into the new level things do not seem to be working out for most of them. What? What is going on? This isn’t what you expected, it most certainly isn’t what anybody expected and there isn’t a single reason to surface other than you were disingenuous in your communication with parents. You deliberately painted a grand picture of success and masked an entire class of students' true performance, for what?.... they could not say. Wow! Is that the only reason to account for a whole class performing badly? 

This scenario isn’t all that different from what is happening between class levels today.  For a myriad of reasons a child's performance can change. The sad thing is, many teachers don't want to take responsibility when the reason points to their own professional practice. I understand that parents should be accountable for the performance of their students in many aspects. I also understand why there might be some truth, in isolated cases, to the idea of teacher malpractice - some teachers have ego issues. There has to be integrity in practice, regardless of personal ambition.

Every teacher may have his or her own way of teaching, and I am advocating for integrity in teaching and dealing with parents. Even to conjure this notion of dishonesty is simply removing attention from your own responsibility to students. Everyone has his or her own style; however, when the class becomes a frenzy of a high number of failures, disenchanted parents and forlorn little faces- the line needs to be drawn.

How does one teach with integrity you might ask. The answer is very simple. Do what you say you are going to do. Plan and work the plan. Check and recheck student learning. Communicate all aspects of learning to their parents so that they are kept abreast of all scenarios. Make your classroom a hub of activity and a space where they can act or react in a safe and non-threatening environment. Your students must be able to talk to you when they understand or don't understand something. They must be able to ask you a question without being silenced simply because want them silent. Essentially, you must give them an opportunity to have shareable moments with you that facilitate learning.

I'll conclude by saying that those of us who teach with integrity take full responsibility for the failures and successes of our students. We revel in our children's successes and lament over their failures. We reflect. We revamp. We take time to make the necessary changes and communicate every aspect with our parents and our students so that learning becomes a shared experience.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Why Teaching is NOT a Labor of Love

Why do teachers stay in teaching till retirement? I'm already in 26 years and ready to give up. Teaching has become a hassle, a hustle and a juggle of blame and defence.  School administrators want accountability while giving teachers little support. Parents want success with little or no involvement. Dangling between these expectations are the teachers and children. The teachers are stressed out. The children are saturated.  So what are teachers to do?

It is time for school officials to put down their clipboards and really show their support for teachers who do so much. It is time for parents to walk the walk by taking full responsibility for their children's failures. Teachers get the short end of the stick because they are the ones in direct contact with children more than anyone else. Oh yes!! Its the teacher blame game!!!!

Blame the teachers for everything!!! When officials want better student performances, target the teachers! When parents want straight As on their children's report cards, leave it all in the hands of the teachers! When society wants a change in its form and shape make the teachers accountable for that!!! 

So tell me, when are teachers going to enjoy the support of everyone in teaching children? When are children going to enjoy learning in a comfortable and nurturing atmosphere? When would everyone take full responsibility for students performances? Maybe never!!! Mind you, there are many parents who do take responsibility and work with their children from the start. Many have to grapple with the idea that their children's teachers are not doing squat on any given day. All these scenarios are real and too often. This also puts pressure on the teachers who labor in love.

Teaching can only be seen as a noble profession when teachers get to exercise nobility by serving others without the hassle and hustle, blame and defence.


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