Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

New Year, New Adventures, and New Understandings

This was our first week back with the kindergarteners since winter break, and as usual there were some unexpected occurrences. This week my focus was to see which students are able to correctly identify numerals one through ten. To gain this information I used flash cards with the written numeral on one side and that [...]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…and Hanukah!

Longfellow students are buzzing with excitement as the Holiday season rapidly approaches. The school has been decorated and as the winter program nears, everyone is beginning to feel antsy still being in school, especially the kindergarteners. This past week we had little to do in preparation for the time that we were going to spend [...]

New Experiences And Holiday Cheer

This week was filled with excitement and new experiences. Both of the classroom teachers had something in mind for us to complete. On Tuesday we were asked to play dreidel with the students. This was a new experience for both myself and some of the students. We used skittles for the students to manipulate with each [...]

In the Air There’s a Feeling of Christmas

This weeks report will be short and sweet! As the students get antsy with the upcoming winter break and holiday season on their minds, the teachers are also getting final assessments done in order to fill out report cards. Both of the kindergarten teachers had tasks in mind for us when we came in for [...]

Getting the Ball Rolling

This past week was our first chance to work with both of our kindergarten classes on activities that were specific for their ability levels. At the start of the term myself and fellow teacher candidates decided to place students in groups where they personally fit best to be challenged just enough and be individually successful. [...]

Start of Something New

This week was our first chance to work with both of the kindergarten classes doing activities that we had designed in order to develop their number sense. We were all very excited to begin and the students were equally as excited to see their math teachers return once again. It’s hard not to smile when [...]

Hitting the Ground Running

This week marks the beginning of our work with the Number Sense Project! It’s fun to see the kindergartners so excited to continue work with “their math teachers,” as so many of them like to exclaim when we come in to the classroom. This year, there are three of us working with the students so [...]

Exciting Developments!

This week has been a really great week working with the kindergarteners. Several of the students that I have been working with have experienced “breakthroughs” where the information we have been learning and practicing has finally sunk in and they understand the hows and whys of some of the math concepts. Several of the students [...]

The Fun Continues!

This week was full of exciting developments for each of the students I work with! It seemed as if some of the things that we have been working on for the past15 weeks have just “clicked” for them and they are able to understand it now. One student, when we first began working together could [...]

Dominos and Scenerios

This week, the fourth quarter goals were the main focus. We have a sheet that identifies which students need extra instruction for given math tasks. While working on these objectives, I was able to incorporate the domino and scenerio aspect of my research. With the new domino application, the students “roll” a domino and show [...]