Saturday, August 8, 2015
Saturday Sayings: Math Immersion
Reading Recovery training taught me to be mindful of the print-rich environment I surround my students with. They need to see, hear, and experience words at every turn. Cambourne calls it immersion, and that's exactly what I hope my young literacy club members experience in my room. I've never thought about immersing my students in numeracy though. I'm not even completely sure what that looks like, but I'm interested in finding out.
If the same principles for literacy apply to numeracy, then these are some of my guiding questions.
Are students surrounded by math?
Do they constantly hear the language of math?
Do they see math in the room and on the walls?
Is math something that is addressed throughout the day or is it isolated to a specified time?
Honestly, I'm left with more questions than answers. How will these questions transform the look, feel, and language of my room this year? If I'm mindful, they'll help me navigate my way into a classroom where math is not separate from but is an authentic and natural part of the world of my classroom and of my students.