Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

Ready for Action!

This past week I finished up the Kathy Richardson Assessment. After going over the results of the assessment, I placed some of the students into the appropriate categories depending on how successful they were at completing one of the three tasks I evaluated them on. I have identified threes tudents according to Kathy Richardson’s terms [...]

Kathy Richardson Assessment for Kindergartners

Since we are kicking off the research development for our number sense project, we need to determine the levels of knowledge the kindergarten students possess. The Kathy Richardson Math Assessment forstudents on counting a pile of objects, counting out a particular quantity, and adding one more or one less to a number. After working on these three tasks [...]

the iPad’s first use!

When I brought in the new iPad to the kindergarten classroom on Wednesday, the students immediately were drawn to our new tool! I called the students over one at a time not only to monitor how they were using the iPad but in order to observe their thought process and watch their moves as they [...]

New iPod game idea for lower level ability learners??

This week I worked with the lowest level kindergartners to the highest level kindergartners and everywhere in-between! With the lowest group, I simply worked on number recognition with numbers 1-10. It came to my attention that we actually do need to focus on this concept because when showing some numbers such as 9 one student [...]

Video taping in action!

Today I decided to video tape some of the kindergartners while they completed a task that involved hands on manipulatives and then the same type of task that involved an iPod game to note any observations of  similarities and differences in how the students completed each task. First, I videotaped a girl and gave her [...]

Strategies to solve word problems using pencil and paper

There is an iPod game called Word Problems that provides different addition and subtraction story problems and provides shapes for the students to use to represent the quantities in the word problem. I am curious to see if there is a difference in strategies used when using this iPod game as opposed to students solving [...]

How to work on multiple skills while using Bingo game!

When working with one of my kindergarten classes this week, I worked with students who were specifically struggling with rote counting and number recognition. I chose to play the game Bingo 1-20 with these particular students so they could work on number recognition. However, I added some more steps to the game in order to [...]

iPods games vs manipulatives

Although I think the iPods are great tools for the kindergartners when working on different number concepts, I was able  to branch away from the iPods this week when working with both classes. Compared to previous observations made in regards to their number sense, I was able to understand a whole lot more of the [...]

Kindergarten Math Strategies!

Since we introduced the iPod games to the kindergartners a couple of weeks ago, most of them are familiar with the games by now. On Friday I was working with some of the higher ability students so I decided that since they were comfortable with the games that I would ask them some questions in [...]

1st grade breakthrough with place value!

The two first graders I just started working with are having trouble understanding place value. On their weekly review sheet they have questions that prompts them to draw a certain amount of tens and ones (for example: draw two tens and nine ones so they draw two longs to represent two tens and then they [...]