A Math Tip - Turn Common Errors into Teachable Moments
My second stocking stuffer allows you the gift of time. To save you time, I have created a little template (in powerpoint and pdf) that you can use at any time for Error Analysis. You may wish to use it in conjunction with number talks, as a math station, an entrance or exit slip, or as a quick teachable moment (like I do). I like to pull this up a few times a week when I see a common error being made in my students' work. It's a great way to squeeze in a little reinforcement when you need it. You can read a little more about it in my blog post HERE. You can grab a copy for yourself by clicking on the picture below.
A Special Gift
Lastly, my gift to you this season is a Christmas and Winter Themed word problem package. Now, it may be too late to use the Christmas-themed problems if you finished up on Friday, but the Winter-themed ones will last you through next month at least (or MANY more months where I live). These problems are full sheet, full colour. If you do not wish to print them, you could project them onto the whiteboard and let students complete. I like to print a set and laminate them, then use them for small group problem-solving activities where students solve the problem on chart paper, then display and explain how they solved the problem to their classmates. Each group becomes an expert at the problem they solved, which increases their confidence and motivation ... a gift to you and them. :) Just click on the image below to get a set for your classroom.
I hope you enjoyed your gifts, and I truly hope you have the happiest of holidays. Tomorrow's post is brought to you by Danielle from Live.Love.Math. Be sure to pop over and see what she has in store for you.