Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year!

Well it’s that time of year again.  Welcome back to school!  I trust that you and your family have had a relaxing summer.  Vacation time seems to have gone by quite quickly and it is once again time to settle into the routine of another school year. 

This summer I spent some time exploring with podcasting.  These podcasts were developed by ERLC/ARPDC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education in support of implementation of Alberta’s “new” revised mathematics curriculum. 

“Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”
— Frederick Wilcox

Posted below are my risk taking attempts at creating podcasts and a brief description of each one. 

Personal Strategies in the Mathematics Classroom

Division II-  Division

Length:   12:03 minutes

This podcast looks at the changing focus from memorized procedure to personal strategies in the area of division.  Examples of different division strategies such as related multiplication facts, related fact and skip counting, halving strategy, expanding the dividend, breaking up the dividend, adjusting the divisor and the dividend, dividing 10’s and 100’s by 1 digit, and inverse operations are explored.  See how to use these methods with your students, based on the work of well known mathematicians such as Cathy Fosnot, Marilyn Burns, Marian Small, and John Van de Walle. See how a variety of methods can be used to help support students as they develop flexible, meaningful strategies for division.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17156638/Carrie%20Erdmann/ERLC%20Personal%20Strategies%20Div%202.mp4

Personal Strategies in the Mathematics Classroom

Division II- Multiplication

Length:  17:14 minutes

This podcast looks at the changing focus from memorized procedure to personal strategies in the area of multiplication.  Examples of different multiplication strategies such as lattice multiplication, base ten/sketch/pictorial model, standard algorithm, distribution-front end multiplication, extending the distributive property, commutative property, round up and adjust, associative property-halving and doubling, close to ten, partitioning using decade numbers, and compensation strategies are explored.  See how to use these methods with your students, based on the work of well known mathematicians such as Cathy Fosnot, Marilyn Burns, Marian Small, and John Van de Walle. See how a variety of methods can be used to help support students as they develop flexible, meaningful strategies for multiplication.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17156638/Carrie%20Erdmann/ERLC%20Personal%20Strategy%20Multiplication.mp4

For other learning support please check out ERLC at: http://www.erlc.ca/

September is always a new adventure.

School,
Effort, and
Play.
Trying your best
Each hour of the day,
Making new friends,
Being good as you can
Exciting discoveries,
Reading books with a friend.”
– 
Boni Fulgham 

“Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.” –Confucius

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About musingsofamathteacher

I am presently employed at New Sarepta Elementary School as a grade five teacher. During my career I have taught Grades 12 - 2. The past three years I was fortunate to work part-time as Math Lead for my school district, Black Gold Regional Schools, and have just recently accepted a part-time secondment with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. I have always had a passion for mathematics and am excited about implementing Alberta's "new" mathematics curriculum.
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