I just couldn’t get a post in yesterday…we had company and then went to view fireworks at my Alma Mater here. I’m feeling pretty bummed about it…BUT, I’ve never posted this much in my life!!! So, this challenge is definitely fun and a motivator for me.
5 Things that I NEED to have in my classroom:
- Centimeter cubes~I just love all of the immediate things that you can do with centimeter cubes: collect data, create patterns, build 3-d figures, and there is a Build It activity that I love in this book.
- Highlighters~I use highlighters for some of the obvious reasons. But the most important use for me is when I’m walking around the classroom while students are working it allows me to quickly focus their attention on particular elements of problems. With my background in Special Education…I’ve come to use this a quick way to create visual organizers for students that need it. Also, if I notice that a student is having difficulty getting started, I might highlight two or three problems that I want them to focus on first. Inevitably, a reluctant learner will begin a task if I’ve highlighted specific things for them to complete.
- Index cards~I love to make matching games, or use them to create sorting tasks…Or better yet, have students create matching games or sorting tasks.
- Whiteboards~Must.have.whiteboards…or…sheet protectors. I love to have students work in pairs or small groups on different things. It’s also great at a moments notice if you need a time-filler or if you need to throw some problems up on the board because you are having a sort of “winging it” day.
- Newsprint paper or some other sort of BIGGER paper~I also like groups to create their product using this sort of output. This way they can be hung around the room and the students can do a gallery walk.
That’s it for this post…remember I have to do another one today!