Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

Kindergarteners can use iPads…Can You?

After our second full week back to Longfellow working with the kindergarteners, I am finally back in the rhythm of working with them two days every week. I am also doing my 4 clinical hours each week in the same kindergarten classroom, so the students know me very well by now, but after my number [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Old-Fashioned Manipulatives or New Technology?

Last week with the kindergarteners, I spent most of the time working on their number sense by using manipulatives. During the previous week, some of the students had completed an activity with number cards and marbles, in which students select a number card, say the number printed on the card, and show that number of marbles. [...]

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 [...]

Counting cookies to show number sense

After using the computer games with the kindergarteners last Tuesday, their teacher suggested using an activity with manipulatives on Thursday. This activity connected recognizing numbers to counting, which is similar to the “Count/Sort” computer game. This is a difficult connection for young students to make, as they often do not realize that a number, say [...]

An Active Way of Counting

I continued to work with two kids at a time this week as I did last week. I began with the lower ability and progressed to the higher ability students. On Tuesday,  I decided to work with the iPod and the manipulative’s in order to see if there was a difference in ability to successfully complete [...]