Improving Writing in Second Language Classes

Written by Lesley Lockhart-Doell, French Immersion Facilitator & Instructional Coach.
Knowing that is takes students sometimes four times as long to write in their second language, how can we as practitioners, better support them? Applying best practices in writing in a second language, The ÉCRI model is a reasoned and coherent writing protocol specifically designed for the French Immersion classroom, developed by the Second Language Research Institute of Canada. The model, based on classroom research, is highly regarded by immersion educators across the country. Elements of the model, allows perfect moments to discover the competencies.Knowing that critical-thinking is using criteria and reasoning to conceptualize, evaluate and make judgements, the writing model allows the opportunity for this specific competency to develop, especially in Phase 2.

Designed and adapted for all grade levels, FSD high school immersion teachers are using the model as they introduce expressive writing. 1…

Developing Basic Fact Fluency Doesn’t Just Happen

Written by Rebecca Forchuk, Principal Workshop: “Guided Math Instruction & Running Records” with Dr. Nicki Newton
I often hear teachers who are frustrated when students don’t know basic facts or have difficulty recalling them effectively. There are no shortages of negative implications when students do not have basic fact fluency. It can:· limit student’s mindset in math.· increase math anxiety.· hinder their ability to understand higher level concepts because so much of a student’s cognitive load is spent on figuring out simple facts.
How do we know where students are struggling with their basic facts? Where are they in the learning progressions? It is almost impossible to provide individualized, targeted interventions if we do not assess where student understanding is breaking down. If you were told that, in 10-12 minutes, you could find out exactly where a student’s barrier is to becoming fluent in basic facts, would you try it?If so, the answer is in Math Running Records. There a..

Math Thinking Routines at your Fingertips!

Written by Lindsay Brooks, Instructional CoachWorkshop: “Guided Math Instruction & Running Records” with Dr. Nicki Newton
“Routines must be student-centered and student-friendly.” (Sanchez, 2010)
Once students learn“Math routines” they become quick to begin and practice! They allow students tohang out with numbers and get on friendly terms with them throughout the day, week and year!
Do a series of energizers and daily routines that build skills throughout the school year like:→ number talks → number of the day→ fraction of the day→ decimal of the day→ calendar math etc.
What they are: Math routines or “energizers” are a way to get the whole class involved in developing number sense. The routine means students can perform it independently. They are meant to be low floor, high ceiling so there is multiple entry points for all learners.
There are a variety of different types of routines that can be used to help with the following:
1) Build Number Sense2) Build Vocabulary3) Build Concep..

What Exactly is Math Fluency Anyways?

Written by Shelly Read, Curriculum & Instruction Facilitator”Guided Math and Running Records” session with Dr. Nicki Newton through CRC
A few years ago, as part of our curriculum redesign journey, I had the opportunity to meet with math professors from the University of Lethbridge to discuss student learning. The conversation centred around their valid concern that students were struggling in university math courses, mainly due to a lack of number fluency. As Bjorklund et al found back in 1990, “student brains are exhausted with these ‘small things’ and so can't work on the more complex problems”. This conversation has stuck with me and is one lens I use when designing math with a focus on conceptual learning. Although we know not ALL students go to university, we also recognize the importance of understanding numbers in our everyday lives and the world of work.
So, what are these ‘small things’ that provide evidence that students know and understand
the ‘basics’ of basic facts?..

Problem Solving in Math

By Darla Milford, Instructional Coach
Running Record, CRC Session with Dr.Nicki Newton
Real World Connection:
Problem solving in math should not be taught separately from the mathematical skills, processes, and understanding. In fact, according to Dr. Nicki Newton, everything ‘math’, should be attached to the real world with a story attached to it. In order to intellectually engage our students in math, it is essential we approach problem solving from a real world context with personalization being key.
On Dr. Newton’s Guided Math Blog, she quotes Bailey saying students “don’t care how many apples
Bob gave to Suzy. They’re much more interested in things like music, video games, movies, trading
cards, money, and friends” (Bailey, 2002, p. 61) so make it personal!!!
Here are some sites with engaging problems ready to use with your own students:
*Greg Tang Math
*South Dakota Counts
*Math Playground Story Math
Cue Words/KeywordsWe often fall into the trap of teaching our students to pi..

Math Tools

By Julie Julian, Instructional Coach
Guided Math & Running Record, CRC Session with Dr.Nicki Newton

Math tools help students scaffold their thinking. All learners should be able to access them at any given moment, regardless of grade level.
“Good problem solvers usually construct a representation of the problems to help them comprehend it “(van Gardener & Montague, 2003), but representing mathematical information visually does not come naturally to most students. Visual representation should be explicitly taught and then practiced using a variety of tools.
Both hands-on manipulatives and virtual tools:
· Help convey concepts· Help visualize mathematical ideas· Model number relationships
Classroom Manipulatives
Manipulatives Tip Sheets
The tip sheets for each of the listed manipulatives include a description of what they are, how they can help students, how many are recommended and sample activities. Unfortunately, many of the ..

Power of Mindsets In Math

Written by Marsi Quarin-Wright, Instructional CoachOnline Teacher Course by Jo Boaler:
I was recently introduced to the work of Jo Boaler and the website caught my interest is where she says math learning begins. Her starting point is fundamental to the vison of FSD and the role relationships play in learning. To me, this is not a typical starting point in understanding math. What furthered my curiosity was watching this approach to math instruction in a classroom. I listened to the teacher’s positive talk and how engaged students were in the lessons. The most impressive is listening to how students in her class love math, describe 3-D shapes with excitement and apply proper math vocabulary. I knew I had to investigate more. I went on to the website and found that there was an online course I could take. I signed up!
I was nervous and fearful; what was I doing taking a math course? What if I had to add or multiply something? To my surprise, as I logged in..

Warming up the Mind for Mathematical Thinking!

Written by Rebecca Forchuk, PrincipalDMG Professional Learning Day, November 23, 2018
Students come to math class with different interests and understanding of concepts, but regardless of where they are on the continuum, students are adaptable. Teachers can enhance learning when we plan for this variability in math. Exploring instructional strategies that consider this variability was the focus of Dr. Morris Gibson’s staff learning day on November 23rd. I had the opportunity to learn, alongside the staff, from their admin team and Wanda Dechant, Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium.
Kevin, Principal of DMG, pointed out the importance of warm ups in math and made connections to other areas of life: athletes warm up, musicians warm up and so too should mathematicians. The benefits are:
Bridges transition time for students.Allows students to shift to mathematical thinking.Builds confidence through successful math opportunities that are at the right level.Provide..

Why college students want Math – And every day want exceptional Math Than We assume They Do

I have a chum who's an architect. it is an amazing career for him. he is skillful at what he does, he enjoys the paintings, and he cannot see himself in every other field. His levels are all from Ivy League establishments and in nearly each way, he is the type of person that gets held up as a function model for college kids, particularly students who do not like math and want a motive day-to-day study the difficulty.
The irony is that he does not especially like math, doesn't day-to-day himself everyday be exact at the problem, and nearly failed to observe thru on his dream of turning into an architect because he was alarmed via the frequent declarations of math instructors that architecture is a profession that uses numerous math.
It seems that architects do use math regularly, but they do not use very complicated or superior math in their 66b34c3da3a0593bd135e66036f9aef3 careers. Architects want daily be completely fluent in ratios and proportions, secure with simple geomet..

Teaching Math in a One Room Schoolhouse

My dad's first teaching task become in a one-room schoolhouse on a reservation way out a dirt street in northern California inside the early 1930's. He become accountable for teaching all of the kids from first grade via eighth grade in that one room. except teaching math, reading, and history at 8 distinct grade levels, he additionally taught track, sports, and drama-and turned into the administrator, counselor, secretary, and janitor. whether or not the youngsters were advanced for their age or wanted remediation, something they discovered turned into taught through him; he became their unique ed instructor, their situation-depend and useful resource professional, and their gifted-and-proficient mentor. I don't know how he did all of it. via state-of-the-art standards, such an challenge would be taken into consideration primitive, inefficient, overwhelming, and almost impossible.
however from a teacher's point of view, there is something immensely appealing about ..

Christian Family Delight Directed Learning Guide by The Thinking Tree (Review)

I have been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I had written about twenty of them, we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work, and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.

Christian Family Delight Directed Learning Guide
Are things a bit hectic in your homeschool right now? Do you need to step back and let your child lead or own his school work (with a little guidance)? If your child is between the ages of 7 to 17 and wants a little more freedom than you might consider having him/her use the Christian Family Delight Directed Learning Guide. It’s a six-week guide to fun learning for your child!

Peach Popsicle Recipe by has so kindly shared a yummy summer treat with you all -Peach Popsicles!
Speaking of summer, the Addition Pizza Party and Stop the Clock, are two fun games that your children will enjoy over the summer months (or any month really!) that offers.

Peach Popsicle Recipe
Keep your kids hydrated during the sunny, hot days of summer with creamy yogurt popsicles. Pureed ripe peaches, vanilla yogurt, milk, agave nectar, and juicy chunks of peach come together to form a refreshing pop that's sure to cool you down lickety-split. They're completely easy to make, a great way to practice counting and measuring, and completely delicious. The only hard part? Waiting for the popsicles to set!
What You Need:5 ripe peaches½ cup reduced fat milk1 container nonfat vanilla yogurt1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey, or more to taste
What You Do:
Ask your child to puree 4 ½ peaches in a blender with the milk, yogurt, and agave nectar.Dice the remaining peach half and sti..

Tuttle Twins

I signed up to be a Tuttle Twin affiliate. I'm looking forward to reading these books with my two youngest and I'm sure my older kiddos will learn a thing or two as well.
I did want to say that if you sign up for their newsletter they will send you a 25% off coupon making the set of books and workbooks come to around $37.00 and some change, that's with shipping. I don't know how long the special will be going with the workbook and book bundle but at the time of me writing this blog post, it was $44.99 without any coupon codes.
If you do decide to purchase I'd appreciate you using my link. I hope to have a video review. I just ordered mine today so I haven't received them yet but I did get the six workbooks that are in pdf that go along with the books. They look pretty interesting and I hope to use them with Lance.

Fun-Schooling with Thinking Tree: 2016-2017 School Year

I was so excited when my daughter Annette started using some Thinking Tree Journals! She uses the journals with her Heart of Dakota books. Annette is an avid reader.
These are just some of the books she used her Junior year of high school. She also picked a lot up at the library. She checked out books about leadership, entrepreneurship, health (particularly about cholesterol and cancer), low glycemic living, biographies, religions, and so much more. I meant to take pictures of them throughout the year and could kick myself for not doing so.I did take a few but I have to find them in my computer files.
With Annette, it was so easy to let her loose with her books and fun-school with the Thinking Tree Journals. She is what I call a natural learner. It comes so naturally for her. She loves learning. I think it's part of that first born nature. She is our second child but the first born daughter (and only girl), a go-getter!
She used parts of the 10 Subject Portfolio. She loved the geo..

Thinking Tree Super Summer Sale

Sarah from the Thinking Tree is having a huge sale on many of her journals. Many are 30%-50% off.

The sale ends July 10th. The images below are just a handful of what's on sale. I have links to videos and reviews HERE to most of them. I don't have the Dino Doodle, Master Class, Ocean Creatures, and Strokes of Worship yet and will add a video of the Mom of Preschoolers, 20 Bible Verses in Spanish and English, very soon.
Video review of Classical Poetry (back on sale!)
Some of the Pdf are on sale too at Educents.