Friday, September 27, 2013


Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Progress reports come out this week, marking one full month of school! Room 206 has been hard at work assessing our skills, building our reading stamina, preparing to draft our first published piece of writing, and digging in to the math workshop format. The new common core standards place a lot of emphasis on our ability to conceptualize mathematically—this means that your student isn’t simply learning the how of math, but the why as well—learning to think like a mathematician.

Today we'll explore our last number of the day, 100. It's been very exciting to watch the students in 206 grow from only seeing a number, and the basic facts surrounding it, to understanding and expressing that number in broader terms. A recent example authored by one of the students and expanded during whole group discussion:
“I had 30 cupcakes for my party, but I needed 100 so my dad bought 70 more. 5 people didn't like cupcakes, how many cupcakes were eaten at my party? The number of the day, 95.”

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