We have been working VERY hard on a new way to think about mathematics here at CHES. This isn't just for third grade, but for the entire school. We have started using a four square model to think about math problems in a new, more in depth way. Our math coach, Mrs. Custer, made posters to keep in the rooms ad for all the students to have in order to help aid their discovery in mathematics.
Here is an example of what they look like:
In our room, we have been working on getting used to using this model in our Problem of The Day. Here are some examples of what my brilliant children have been able to do. Such a proud teacher with this hard work!
This shows how we start out four-squares:
This is what they look like when they are finished:
Aren't they just BRILLIANT in their thinking? The main things we as a class are focusing on is labeling all of our work and getting better at justifying our answers in words.
By doing this everyday in mathematics, the kids at CHES will move leaps and bounds! WE CAN DO IT!
Until next time,