Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lots of Blessings to Count

Sitting in an airport on this Saturday morning waiting for a flight out of Newark.  Just finished the NCTM Regional in Hartford.  Flight canceled last night so it seems the relaxing weekend is not to be….. ah well.  Just posted on my website the list of computational strategies from my 10 Block Schedule for Math Fact Fluency.  Hope this helps those of you looking for ways to achieve math fact fluency.
There were so many sessions on Fact Fluency at the conference it was amazing.  My daughter is assisting with the weekly Facebook contests.  Don’t forget to go and answer the weekly question!  You may win!  I believe that we have six winners from the first two weeks!  Awesome!  Just loved the funny answers to the Halloween questions!  Still laughing!
We have a fun offer for those of you attending the CMC Palm Springs Math Conference next weekend.  Check it out!
You simply must see the amazing photos from Deborah Fisher’s classroom!  So inspiring!  I am so proud of my first group of KSAs and their powerful workshops!  Check them out in your area—Darlene, Julie and Kathy in Texas!  Patti in Arizona!  Deborah in Idaho!  Terry in California!  Kim in Omaha!  Cheryl who is all over the place!  They are amazing!
Ellen also sent some amazing photos about digital root…… her class deserves a “shout out!” and a big prize!  Both are coming!
Go SF Giants!  Beat Detroit!
Finally a sweet “shout out” to our wonderful daughter who is running in her first half marathon this morning in Northern California!  We are so proud of her quest for fitness….what an inspiration!  You go girl!  Enjoy this great achievement!
Mathematically yours!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Go Giants! Beat Detroit!

Sometimes the impossible happens!  The SF Giants are up 4-0 for game 1 of the World Series…… can’t ever count this team out!  How inspiring is this?  I have been a fan since I was a little girl.  I am really digging this.  It is only a game but these moments in life are amazing!  You can’t but help feeling the magic.  It is only the bottom of the 4th inning but……
I love orange for Halloween and the Giants!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ornaments or Tools?

Ornaments or tools?  It hit me hard recently that our classrooms are exciting reflections of learning opportunities.  But if something like my number line is on the wall it should be more than an ornament.  Everyday use of this tool will change the learning environment for mathematics.  Every area of content that we teach mathematically can be reinforced with daily questioning on the number line.  As we count to the 100th day of school the number line can be a part of each exciting number along the journey.  The questions we ask students are so much more meaningful than the worksheets we run off.  Just some thoughts at 4 am………. check out the free section of my website for daily questions to ask students.  Those will be posted later today…..

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Welcome Back!

Here we go, one more time and everybody’s feeling fine!  New year, new students new challenges!  Here’s hoping that summer gave you rest and relaxation to recharge your battery.  My summer workshops are drawing to a close but it has been a great summer.  I have enjoyed the challenges that summer brings for me…… lots of different kinds of presentations and great teachers who make it all worthwhile.
So happy to welcome my first group of Kim Sutton Associates!  Wonderful folks who will bring their own special magic to my presentations in places that I can’t get to.  Had the realization that time is passing quickly and there are so many places to go and we can’t get there without help!  They came to California for a week of training in June and it was amazing.  Last year we started with two special folks, Patti Launi and Cheryl Henjum.  What powerful presenters they are!  If you have been lucky enough to have heard them, you know what I mean.
Are you starting the year with the class number line?  I certainly hope so.  Check out the research about number lines under the Free PDFs and Conference Files.  The last three years have brought so many powerful experiences in classroom using this tool and then going into empty number lines for elapsed time, making change, rounding readiness, multiples, fractions and decimals.
Mathematically yours!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

YIKES! What a mess! We can fix it!

YIKES!  What a disaster!  Just did the CAMT Conference in Houston and announced loudly that the handouts are posted on my website….. now we are having a huge problem.  Please email me for the handouts and I will zip them to you!  If this problem does not get resolved, we will be hiring a new web company and having to redo all of it.  Not our choice but this problem does not seem to get resolved.
Be patient and just email me and you will receive all of them!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hot Summer!

Happy Father’s Day!  Been on the road for three weeks with one to go before heading home to the cool Redwood Forest.  Had wonderful trips that started right before Memorial Day.
Wonderful Math Camp for Barb, Paul and I in Apache Junction, Arizona.  The district was so great in hosting.  So many great teachers.
Then traveled on to Garden City, Kansas for two days.  Really enjoyed our first visit there and can’t wait to return.  We traveled from there to Nashville for two wonderful days doing one of my favorite classes.  Got to see our dear friends, John and Debbie and enjoy Fan Fest there.  Our daughter flew in and we had such a great weekend enjoying the best music.  Also visited the Jack Daniels Distillery.
Worked last week in Texas.  Love Texas!  Wonderful teachers who know so much about teaching mathematics that I am humbled.
We then flew to San Francisco to walk the US Open Golf Tournament with our daughter.  Wow!  That was truly amazing.  I am so sunburned.  Did not even think about sunscreen which is unusual for me….. way too excited about being there!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Time marches on...

Can’t believe that tomorrow is the first of May…..just finished a fun Parent Night at Jefferson Elementary in Omaha!  Just love the fun that games generate with families!
Been on the road for awhile and anxious to head home and then a vacation to rest.  Hawaii here we come!
It really does not matter whether you have 3 weeks of school left or 6 weeks, every day matters.  What are you doing with an empty number line?  Think of the possibilities!  Elapsed time, regrouping, making change, rounding practice and skip counting patterns…. you have it all!  Let me know if you aren’t sure…
Mathematically yours!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Common Core Standards in Mathematics

Is change hard for you?  Here is a change I am excited about.  The Common Core Standards are here for almost all states.  I am really appreciating how clear the Common Core Standards are about teaching place value.  If you have attended one of my workshops you know how passionate I am about teaching place value and teaching it well!  Most textbooks give it a “hit and miss” of several pages.  No depth and no practice.  I believe that my place value pockets and my Aerobic Place Value Cards are both non-negotiables.  Students need to develop basic foundational skills of place value to be able to do regrouping with the operations.
Try spending more time showing the picture of place value, the expanded form of the number and the standardized form of a number.  Just some thoughts!
Happy Easter!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Remembering My Sweet Mother

Back in the saddle….. so many messages of gratitude I have for many folks.  I had to cancel many workshops because of my sweet mother’s battle with cancer.  She passed away on February 4th.  We had a wonderful celebration of her life on the 10th of February.  We miss her terribly but know that her pain is over and she is in a better place.  I appreciate all the flexibility that everyone had for all the rescheduling that we had to do!
Let’s talk math!  I am ready to get going on a new book….. spring is almost here.  New beginnings!
Mathematically yours!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Sweet Mom...What a Teacher!

Learning never stops!  Am experiencing life’s bittersweet moments now.  My sweet, 86 year old mother is losing battle with cancer.  We are supported by the wonderful support of Hospice.  She is teaching me so much right now about many things and I am so grateful.
If you email and do not get reply, be patient or try again.  I am trying to stay on top of things but I am the “point guard” right now for my mom and my siblings so that is taking priority!

Mathematically yours!

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