Today's chapter is all about the different types of conferences! Now, be fair warned: it is a long post but there might or might not be some goodies for you if you hang in there ;o). The whole point of having conferences with your kiddos is that through these conversations you are helping build your student's confidence while also getting the information you need to help get them to the next step. Here is the definition of each type of conference along with some of the things I thought were important from the chapter!
1. Compliment Conferences: teachers use these conferences to motivate young mathematicians or to lift the spirits of discouraged learners.
- beneficial in the beginning of the year
- focus your attention on what they are doing well to reinforce their strengths as mathematicians
- build relationships, confidence, and trust
- lift their spirits and increase engagement
- we usually focus on what students are doing wrong in the problem and try to fix it - SWAP IT! Focus on what they are doing right!
- motivate students to make mathematical connections and use previously mastered skills to help with current learning
- can be used to verify learners' understanding of new or previously taught math concepts
- serve as a formative assessment to shape upcoming instruction
- lead students to think more deeply and critically about the math they are working on
- similar to comprehension conferences but these check what the student can do, not what they are learning about (may overlap though)
- used to assess prerequisite skills
- good formative assessment
- Problem-Solving Process
- Understanding the Problem
- Devising a Plan
- Carrying Out the Plan
- Looking Back
- Problem-Solving Strategies:
- Guess, Check, Revise
- Create an Organized List
- Create a Table or a Chart
- Draw a picture, use manipulatives, or act it out
- Look for a Pattern
- Simplify the Problem
- Write an equation
- Work backward
- This website has "math stories" for most of the strategies to show kids examples on how to use each strategy!
- LOVED this quote!: "Students who set goals, make flexible plans to meet them, and monitor their progress tend to learn more and do better in school than students who do not." This part always seems like such a time suckage but it really is SO important! The kids actually understand what they are work towards and are now working smarter not harder.
- encourage students to review and clarify learning goals, their progress, and set their "next steps"
- students are essentially answering these three questions
- "Where am I going?"
- "Where am I now?"
- "How can I close the gap?"
- students set specific learning goals! The goal should be difficult but achievable with effort.
- identify the goal
- include a plan of action
- time frame (how long till they accomplish their goal)
- evidence of accomplishment (how can they prove that they've accomplished their goal?)
- follow-up on progress
- can be through a variety of methods: observations, written assessments, etc.
- an effective and comprehensive way of verifying students' mathematical progress
I loved how throughout the chapter the example teacher kept referring to their anchor chart of problem solving strategies to use. Well I do not have one of those in my room (shame on me!) but I wanted every students to be able to access it quickly and have one of their own to take home as well. So what does a teacher do when she can't find what she wants or needs... She creates it! I have made my own Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart to create with the students.
Inside you will find steps on how to solve a problem for that particular strategy and an example word problem along with space to solve! Now I fair warn you, I teach intermediate and so the problems and wording might be a little more than your kiddos can handle. That's okay though!!! Want to know why??? Because I made it editable! The steps and word problem areas are both editable for you to fit it with your own class. Even if you teach intermediate, you might want them to write the steps themselves. Go hog wild!? All I ask is that if you do edit it in any way and/or post on it later, please give credit where credit is due.
You can win your own copy of this flip chart if you pin it and leave the pin address where I can find it in the comments section, along with a nice little note! I love to read notes :o) The giveaway will only last until tonight, July 20, 2014, at 10:00 PM EST (that's when I turn into a pumpkin and have to go to bed). After that it will be for sale in my TPT store! I will be picking multiple amounts of people to win! I'm thinking 10... but let's see how many comments there are. If there way more than I expect then I will pick even more winners! Yea it'll be like Oprah, "You get a flip chart, you get a flip, you all get a flip chart!!!!!!" Well maybe not all, but who knows!? You'll have to wait and find out ;o)
Check out all the other fabulous blog posts about this chapter as well! Happy Sunday y'all!
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