Happy winter break! Congratulations to everyone on making it through the first part of the year and the holidays (almost). As usual, I want to use this time to decompress, but instead I end up thinking about school.
One thing I noticed during ZONES prior to break is that my students are rarely using their resources on their own anymore. By that I mean their resource notebook and any manipulatives around the room. When these things are first introduced, they are everywhere. The students are excited and invigorated by them. Slowly but surely as I look around the room, I start to see less resources out and students trying to add 13+5 on their fingers.
So . . . the week before break we paused on our ZONES rotations and went through each of our activities whole group. We talked about what resources would be good to use with each activity and practiced using them.
It was great! Students had their 120 chart out again and were comparing it against the numbers they were writing and the numbers they were putting in order from least to greatest. We all felt reinvigorated. Number lines were being used. The manipulatives didn't feel neglected anymore!
I think in first grade, and maybe all others grades, it is important to be explicit and repetitive with the use of resources. They know they're there, but it's easier to slip back into what they are used to doing. I need to consistently remind them of what is available to them and what they could use until it becomes second nature to them.
To start, after break I am going to have the students tell me what resources or strategies they are using when they complete an activity. I think that this will help them to be accountable and it will give me more information about how they are solving problems.
The first thing I am going to do it put the following on the back of activities or have it to fill out with their activity. I'll see how this goes and then go from there!
Enjoy the rest of your break! Don't work too hard!
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