Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Walter's Way

I shared on Monday how I'm transitioning my kids from knowing what a number line is to being able to use one.  (Look here.)  I'd say it's working remarkably well.  From Monday to Tuesday we went from 5 kids who could use the number line to 8, and 6 additional kids simply made a small error.  Here's the best news.  Today they got out their math journals and were asked to solve a problem in whatever way made sense to them.  I secretly crossed my fingers that someone would transfer what they've been doing with number lines to today's work, because all it takes is one.  


Bryson found 4 leaves.  Carlee found 3.  Cassie found 6.  How many leaves did they find altogether?

Can you see his hops?  He totally came through for me!  Of course, he had the chance to present his work, ask for comments or questions, and watch Miss McMorrow get all excited about the fact that he used the tool we'd been exploring the two days before.  


This is a picture of the poster that will now go up in our room.    I'll for sure be looking for Walter's Way to become contagious.  









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8 comments:

  1. OK, I hear a picture book title! Adorable ... thanks for this booster shot tonight. I'm SO so tired but this energizes me.

    Barbara

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    1. Barbara, it does sound like the title of a picture book! :)

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  2. I am loving this math journey you and your class are on! Yay for Walter transferring the number line information!!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Lori, it's a long journey we're on which can seem overwhelming at times, but I know we're heading in the right direction at least.

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  3. Hooray! I love those moments...bet he did too. ;-)

    Crystal

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    1. Crystal, I do too. I was crossing my fingers the whole time. :)

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  4. Love those little moments of success. I also love when people show student work! YEAH!!!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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    1. Tara, they are the best moments, huh?!

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