webinars deluxe!

Posted on November 15, 2012

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I just listened to Marilyn Burns talk about using literature in teaching math for grades K-5.  (Scholastic’s “MathReads” product per http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/math-concepts-skills/math-reads/index.htm ) Three of the 30 minutes were wasted because the sound disconnected, and I did have to install software to the computer (I emailed when it seemed it wasn’t going to fly and was told “no! it’s easy! you just need a computer with the internet and speakers!” — well, sort of…)

Also interesting that no, I couldn’t discern how many participants there were. (Yes, a sound marketing decision but poo on ’em 🙂 )

She talked about some really neat picture books and a great lesson with a book called “one is a snail, ten is a crab” that goes through the numbers one through ten with animal combinations. While I take some issue (my wildlife degree)  with announcing that crabs have ten feet (tho’ it’s clear they’re counting the claws), the lesson that goes with it has students coming up with possibilities for different numbers, and making predictions.   Eleven could be an insect and five snails, or two dogs and three snails, etc.

Good to have that silly visual part of the brain woken up…. and to see that their “slide show” on the product page is just like the one I almost did for homework. And now, back to the homework…

Posted in: visual math