Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

Kids Have No Fear in Front of the Camera

Last Thursday was the only day between Augie’s spring break and Longfellow’s spring break I was able to work with some of the kindergarteners. Longfellow is on break this week and next week, so I will not be able to work with the kids for a couple of weeks, but I was able to videotape [...]

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 [...]

Lining ‘Em Up Was Little Challenge

This week I continued working on recognizing and ordering numbers with the kindergarteners. I worked with mostly higher ability students, so they should have had no problems with a game that requires them to order numbers 1-20. We used the game “Line ‘Em Up,” which gives the students a number line with 20 blank spaces, [...]

You Really Can Count to 30

I used hands-on manipulatives again last week with the kindergarteners by having them complete a number line from 1 to either 10, 20, or 30 with actual number cards. I plan to use a computer activity this upcoming week that assesses students’ skills on the same concept, and I will compare the results between the two [...]

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 [...]

We should be more like elementary students

So I decided to entitle this week’s blog ‘We should be more like elementary students’ because during my work with both the first graders I work with and the kindergarten students, I realized how positive they are about everything. On Monday when I worked with one of the 1st graders, in every activity she participated [...]