Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

Its All Coming Together!

This week with Mrs. Carmack’s students we proctored this quarter’s acuity assessment on the iPads. As this is what my research has been focused on and leading up to, I was interested to see the new test as well as how the students would score. I asked the other two teacher candidates to complete learning [...]

Student’s True Skills

This week we were finally able to get back into the swing of things and have work with both classes on their correct day. My plan for this week was to take another question from the standardized assessment that the students took earlier in the year and approach it in a more hands on approach. [...]

Counting-On Success

Our main goal this week was to transition the students who were still using counting-all strategies to begin using counting-on. In order to accomplish this, we once again started by presenting students with addition problems and observing how they solved them. Some students began solving the problems by using their fingers, others preferred to draw [...]

It Takes Two

In the kindergarten classrooms this week, Jackie and I have been continuing work with our students on counting on strategies. We are continuing practice for students who do not yet utilize the strategy of counting on for addition, and for those who have been using the strategy we are practicing the strategy with the goal [...]

Tag – Team

Jess and I have begun to utilize the activities that we found in a study conducted by Secada, Fusion, and Hall. Since we have already identified which of our students chose counting-on in order to solve addition problems, we have moved on to see if they possess the subskills that Secada, Fusion, and Hall identified [...]

Diving Into the Research

Our work this week has been focused on the subskills that our research linked to counting on. Jackie and I chose to take our students out together, three at a time, so that one of us could work with the students while the other videotaped and we would both get to witness what the students [...]

April Showers… Bring New Understandings

The past few weeks in the kindergarten classroom have been crazy due to altered schedules for different classrooms. The past few times that I have worked with my group of students we have worked on taking questions from their standardized assessment that a majority of the students missed to see if presented in a different [...]

Testing for Counting-On

This week we had the opportunity to work with the students in Mrs. Carmack’s class. My goal for these one-on-one sessions with the students was to determine which of the students in my group demonstrated the counting-on strategy. Out of the five students that I worked with, only one of them utilized counting-on to solve [...]

Looking For Some Answers

This week we worked with Mrs. Carmack’s class on both days this week. During my time with the students I individually pulled students out and asked them to all complete the same task. I asked each student to draw three shapes on the white boards. After they drew the shapes and we talked about the [...]

Interesting Findings

This week I had the opportunity to work with the students in Mrs. Carmack’s room and gather data related to counting on. The schedule this week was adjusted a bit, and I was not able to work with all of the students in my group, but of the students I was able to work with [...]