Here is an example of what math reasoning sounds like. The first time he was explaining it to me, he was far clearer and didn't get confused. The students were trying to figure out whether 33 groups of 3 penguins worked. The initial problem was trying to figure out how many ways 100 penguins could be organized into equal groups.
He knew you could reverse 33 groups of 3 penguins into 3 groups if 33. From there he added the 33's together to make 99. He has one penguin left over so this combination can't work.
Math reasoning is a huge component of our math curriculum. My goal in grade two is to get them to reason why a strategy or answer will or will not work. When this happens it's truly amazing to hear them thinking and being logical as to why it does or doesn't work. This boy clearly has mathematical reasoning for this particular problem. He understood that by switching or reversing the combinations, you could find other combinations.
We want them to be thinking about the reasons why it should work because of what the numbers can and can not do. This particular student isn't doing gobs and gobs of math worksheets, instead they are working in a problem based math classroom where it challenges him to think and reasoning. I love it when this happens, now I just need them all to do this :-).
As a class we had to find out how many different ways 60 penguins could be organized. When we first got started we were stuck on 2 or 3 ways. Ms. Brown told us to go and get Unifix cubes (blocks), this sure helped a lot. It worked much better for us. We then worked as a class to find 12 ways to organize the 60 penguins. We were surprised at all of the different ways.
Last week I made the decision to switch from Edublogs to Kidblog. I'm really happy with the decision. Kidblog is a much better platform to work with especially younger students. Here's how to add it to your devices.
You can also get to it from this blog, go to Favourite Links and click on 'Student Blogs' it will take you to the main page of the blog. If you decide to add this blog to your child's device here's how to do it.
1. Go to App Store and find Kidblog; it looks like this: It's also free.
2. Download the App and then open it up.
3. You'll get a screen that looks like this:
4. My kidblog.org url is MsBrownsClass1314 (not bold) you need to type it in just as you see it or it won't link to our class blog and the kids won't be able to add to their blog.
5. Once they can open the blog they will see a screen which looks like this:
• They add the title and then type in the body just like they would if they were on Edublogs. This blog allows them to log out and back in again on our class devices. It's a much easier site for the kids to work with. Good luck with downloading. If you have any questions please just ask.
I'm a grade 2 teacher who absolutely loves her job. I can't imagine doing anything else with my life.
I'm interested in teaching young children math, becoming a better educator and time manager. Adding to my list of other responsibilities, I'm now embarking on renovating and redesigning a 16 year old bungalow. This is where most of my time is being spent. Another new passion is photography. Sometimes I get it right and others well, I'll let you be the judge of that.