It's January 5th and I've already "broken" one of my resolutions. I knew it would happen, but I really was hoping that I could make it just a *little* bit longer! What was my resolution? To leave school by 5:00. We get out at 3:00, can leave at 3:30 and yet, most days I stay until 6:00... or later. Have I mentioned I generally get there 45 minutes to an hour early as well? Some of that is due to the fact that I don't bring any work home, some of it because I'm an overachiever and a perfectionist, some because... I don't have any kiddos at home to rush home to! That being said, I finally realized during my winter break that I might be a better teacher if I also have a little of my own personal time too. Just to decompress a little and come back each day refreshed. Last semester I got into this routine of staying until 6:15ish, followed by an hour of Pure Barre class, then grocery store or other errand, then make dinner, then eat dinner... then fall into bed and wake up at 5:30 to start all over. I felt like all I did was sleep, eat, school. Because IT WAS all I did! So... I stayed until 6:15 today, but in my defense I spent about an hour of that chatting with a teammate so maybe I could have been on time if I hadn't been socializing! Anyway, the real purpose of this post is to share what I worked on this afternoon for my next round of math stations/centers/tubs/whatever-you-want-to-call-them. We're in a place value unit right now and my kids are truly masters of place value. So much of this unit has been front loaded through calendar activities since the first day of school and it's nice to see all that extra time paying off now! In order to differentiate and meet different levels in my classroom, there are two different versions of this station. It's a simple activity that you can make easier/harder by changing how many cards are in each set or by mixing up the formats or likewise, keeping them in like sets. I created a recording sheet but I typically either have my students record in math journals, or have their station partner check their work. I hope some of you will find this useful!
Ordering With Pictures, Numbers, Words, Standard Form - Challenge Set
Ordering With Pictures, Numbers, Words, Standard Form
What resolutions did you make for 2012? How are you sticking with them so far?
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