News from Boissevain School

October 15, 2010

Manipulatives

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. White @ 3:30 am

As I walk around the classrooms I notice many students involved in hands on activities.  The little “white boards” are a popular item as students can record their individual answers (thoughts) and readily share with their classmates.  You would be surprised how many classrooms use these slates, young and old.  Power of Ten is an interesting strategy used in the primary grades, this is such a concrete way of learning to do math.  The excitement in the child’s eye is pretty cool when they get how it works.  Funny though – some of the boys still like to stack the blocks rather than actually do math.  The grade one class decided to share with me their knowledge of a habitat that they had brainstormed on chart paper.  They informed me that in order to survive I would need Water, Shelter, Food, Space, clothing.  I quickly responded that those are all very important but my most needed item for survival was my TELEVISION.  Wow I got a lot of cheers for that one.  Staff are starting to CO – CONSTRUCT criteria for some assignments, this involves student and teacher input which is an effective way to improve student achievement.

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