I find some of the benefits from sharing are helping others, collecting new ideas, a unique opportunity to learn and synthesize.
So, thanks to our awesome substitute teacher for a great conversation about multi-modal learning for Math, I was reminded of those tactile and colourful number rods my own Math teacher used with us waaaaay back in high school, called Cuisenaire or Number Rods. We exchanged ideas and resources. I promptly went out and bought a few "Number Rod" sets to share amongst my students. I want to make the most of each ounce of opportunity to provide them with sticky learning, in this case, using colour, length, touch and manipulation to see each number's value and it's relationship with other numbers. I am trying to support their symbol or written work by making concepts touchable. Still searching for how to achieve this, I uncovered another gem of Steve Peha's in a document called "Safety In Numbers" found at Teaching That Makes Sense. After which I promptly tried out his ideas on 1cm square graph paper with Cuisenaire Rods resulting in creating the following worksheet to support my student's learning. I hope you find it as useful as I am.
ProDivas is a simple sharing approach, teacher to teacher, for our professional development. We collect and share bite-sized practical ideas. Once you take a bite, you may be self-motivated to eat the whole meal! We aim to find ideas supported by research to then apply for “best practice” but some ideas are too good to miss and are just simple “teacher tips”.