Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

Testing… Testing… 1, 2, 3…

On both days this week, Mrs. Carmack and Mrs. Arnold asked Julie and I to take the Kindergarten students out into the hallway to administer the ESGI Assessment. We assessed each student to collect evidence of their current level of understanding for the following areas: number recognition, comparing numbers, shape recognition, oral sequence, one-to-one counting, [...]

Let’s Get Messy!

This week at Longfellow was quite eventful (and messy!) After the long holiday weekend, we picked up right where we left of with our Kindergarten students. At this point in the number sense project, we have been creating activities based on the abilities of two groups – students who have mastered number recognition, and those [...]

Gettin’ Our Hands Dirty

After reviewing our notes and reflecting on our past lessons, Lisa and I discussed how we should proceed. We decided that we would continue focusing on number recognition for numbers 1-20 with the students that meet with us twice a week and that we would move on to missing numbers or counting on with the [...]

Turkey Fingers

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday break, Julie and I only worked with the Kindergarten students on Tuesday of this week. Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Carmack provided us with instructions and materials to lead a turkey finger counting activity with the students. Because we would not be seeing the students again on Thursday, we adjusted the [...]

Gobble Gobble!

Because of Thanksgiving break, we only met with our students one day this week. Therefore, we adjusted our plans in a way that would allow every student to be seen and complete the activity given to us by Ms. Arnold and Ms. Carmack. Though the students did not receive an ample amount of time, they [...]

And We’re Off

Lisa and I began our Number Sense experience this week. Though we were a little nervous to embark on this long journey, our nerves were quickly settled after meeting our students. Prior to our instructional delivery we met with both Ms. Carmack and Ms. Arnold to discuss their expectations and goals. We were told that [...]

The Start of Our Journey

This week Julie and I took on our first day of Number Sense. On Tuesday, we arrived early in the morning to meet with Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Carmack to discuss the process and expectations for the next few months. After conversing with the Kindergarten teachers at Longfellow, we were excited about the opportunities that [...]

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 [...]