Here are the “winners” of my random drawing for the Math Fluency Assessments Pack.
A couple of things about the Math . . . I was so sick of it that when I wrote yesterday’s post, I was afraid I wasn’t clear. So I’d like to explain some things. In the interest of being thorough. Unbelievably, I don’t think I went on and on about it enough yesterday. I know. I’m dumbfounded, too.
1. I think the best thing about this math is that students only test when they feel ready. Over the years, I’ve always had one (or two or seven) students that would freak about the timed tests. They would either hyperventilate before the test, during the test, or cry afterwards. It was too much pressure, apparently. I don’t know why this would happen. Especially because if I had recess duty earlier, my Mad Minute might turn into Mad Four Minutes. Or Mad Five Minutes. Or what have you while I took a mini break. I certainly wasn’t putting any pressure on them. I blame society.
When they do bring this new version back to class to be tested, they’re not exactly timed. I do want my kids to be fluent so I feel they should be able to produce the answer in about one to two seconds. You know – like a sight word. When a kid reads the word “the” as “the” instead of “tuh huh eh”, I know they know the word. The same is true for a student who answers 8 to the flashcard 4+4 compared to someone who says, “Um, uh,” Sigh. Scratch head. Count on fingers behind back. Count again. “Eight?”
2. I like the idea of a computer program . . . except that I only have two computers in my room of which only one is nice and easy going. The other one is old and grumpy and we have to tiptoe around it. On most days, I speak nicely to it, but there are times when I have to show it who’s boss. Which is a technology person from the district. Not to mention, not all my students have access to a computer at home. Sad, but true. And again, I worry about the kids counting on their fingers as fast as they can in front of the computer. I don’t know.
3. That’s all. Again, I hope I don’t sound holier than thou. I’m just not going to grade those tests again. Or look up data on a computer that may or may not be working that day. Along with the internet. Does that happen at your school? Then I have to crawl around on the floor under the counter and see what’s going on with the cord. And then I inevitably find mice droppings and freak out. Or I find gross bugs and freak out. Or a cobweb gets all over me and I freak out. Or I find forty-two pencils because my kids promised me they would keep our pencils organized, but instead, they lost them. So I freak out. And then I say very calmly, “The computer isn’t working.” And when no one is looking, I hit it.
Onto the Wine Trolley which is always working!
Mrs. Nunley says
The trolley ride sounds amazing!! What a neat idea! I wonder if there is something like that over here on the East Coast?
First Grade Magic
I have two old computers in my room too and I find myself crawling on the floor constantly! Last year one of my girls would crawl on the floor to try to find out what was wrong ALL THE TIME when I wasn't looking. And then she'd end up yanking out kinds of random cords. It really didn't make the situation any worse though, haha!
Kelley Dolling says
Wow . . . what a fun outing!! I am feeling a Cali Blogger Meet-Up on the Wine Trolley comin' on 🙂
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I am SO excited! Thanks Kristin 🙂
The wine trolley sounds way fun!
That looks like such fun!
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Christa Swaney says
I second the Cali blogger meeting!! Sounds like a good time!!
Becky F. says
Nice! I'm trying something new this weekend-a progressive dinner. We will start at one person's house for appetizers, go to another's for the main course, and have dessert at one last house. I think it sounds interesting if nothing else! 😉
I'm going to have to go do this… AND we can do it for a Cali meet up, too!
Sounds like a great way to spend a Friday night!
Think that Wine Trolley would drive you to Michigan?!? 😉
Big hugs to you!!!!
Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade
This wine trolley sounds FABULOUS! I wonder if there's one in Brisbane, Australia…???
Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists
Wow, what a fun evening, let's hope your doc doesn't read blogs. Lol
The wine trolley sounds like a lot of fun! Too bad that the taste of wine is lost on me. 🙁 So sad… Anyway, I have a question about the math — what do you do about the kiddos who will never/almost never bring back their math facts to be tested? I did this type of thing with home reading (each kid takes home a leveled book to read and then return to get a new one) and I had students (first graders) who brought back 4 back and forth for the whole year! It was so disheartening… Any ideas on how to prevent the same thing with math because I L.O.V.E. your idea!!!! Thanks!
P.S. I'm totally up with another Cali blogger/teacher meet up (was at the one at Spring Break — I sat at the end of the table in the green jacket). 🙂
Heather's Heart says
I guess that is something you would miss if you lived in Texas! It sound like a lot of fun…and yes, fried plantains are yummy. =)
Not going to lie the Trolly sounds like a LOT of fun! Wishing there was one out here in New York!!
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Mrs. M says
So jealous! Wish there was a wine trolley in my area! =(
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