So many amazing things happen in the second half of first grade! I'm excited to be able to link up with Curious Firsties for Wednesday WOW for the first time! It's a long post, but there is a freebie at the end. :)
The other thing I'm super excited about is my math test results! The most challenging skill this trimester was the problem solving. Students had to solve some challenging problem types and correctly write an equation. Ninety-five percent of the class was able to correctly solve a compare problem. That's up from about 10% on the pretest. I like to use Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) whenever I can. My class really needed to work on 'join-change-unknown' and 'compare-difference-unknown.' I wrote a bunch of problems focusing on these two problem types, and almost all my kids were able to correctly solve both these problem types. Most of them could write the equations as well (which is really difficult with the compare problems.) If you are trying to get your class to learn these skills, check out my JCU and CDU Problems. Things started out a bit rocky, but after about 2 weeks, they really got it!
One more little WOW--I wore a fleece today during recess duty (and probably didn't even need that), and tomorrow school could be closed because of a blizzard.
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