<![CDATA[My Journey with Blended - Blending Math]]>Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:05:19 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Blending Measuring Length]]>Wed, 06 Nov 2013 02:09:20 GMThttp://blendedwithbarr.weebly.com/blending-math/blending-measuring-length
As one of my fast paced math groups moved through the measring length unit, I noticed they needed a little help with using the tools to measure length and then record and analyze.

So.. In preparation for others approaching this the unit I  decided we needed some measuring experience. 
Some students measured with centimeters and inches.  They measured objects in the room and each other.  

I know this looks bad... but it's completely innocent.  My second grade friend is measuring the length of his finger.  I have blurred out his face but the look on it was absolutely serious!  
These two boys had great fun thinking of unusual things to measure.  When they finished measuring their eyes they worked to determine the circumference of the globe with yardsticks and rulers as tools. Talk about a great problem solving exercise.  I didn't plan that it just happened as they explored measuring.

These two boys measured the storage cabinet and the door.  After comparing their heights they
converted inches to feet then to yards.  Again, this wasn't planned but part of the exploration. 

<![CDATA[Remembering to Add Fun]]>Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:54:56 GMThttp://blendedwithbarr.weebly.com/blending-math/remembering-to-add-fun
In the past during math students rotated through a guided math group, independent work and a partner game.  

In our blended environment students are making choices about where and with whom they work.  All students are involved in instruction and learning at the same time.... no rotating and ... no partner games.

Today I decided to add partner games back in the mix.  With 20 minutes left in the math period I rang the chimes and simply mentioned that students were welcome to stop what they were doing and play math partner games.
Their smiles helped remind me that math is hard work and some of the work should be fun!

I have a sweet student who twirls... often.  Everyone in the class will be working or listening or walking in the hall and my sweetie will be twirling. She reminds me that in the midst of hard work sometimes you just have to twirl!  
I have made many of these partner games to go along with the lessons in our Math Expressions text.


<![CDATA[Blending Math]]>Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:37:31 GMThttp://blendedwithbarr.weebly.com/blending-math/blending-math
Students get the
Asus Notebook
computers and 
follow these steps
to locate the 
teaching video for
their lesson.  

So blended math is looking better!  Up to this point I have been spending my entire plan time, which falls right before math, setting up for blended math.  I was logging computers onto Vimeo where all my videos are housed.  I was making sure all students were assigned to the correct lessons and making sure they had all the needed materials ready.  

Then I thought... hey, why am I doing all this work when my second graders are capable of getting themselves ready for math.  So I reviewed how to login to our class page, onto Vimeo, and where to find all the classroom math materials.  
My class walked into the classroom from Gym.  I said, "Okay, you know what lesson you are ready for, you know how to find the videos and the math materials.  So, decide with whom and where you would like to work and get started.  They looked at me for a minute like a room full of deer in headlights.  I'm pretty sure the speech bubbles above their heads would have read "Are you crazy?" or "What? Us? By ourselves?".  

Then they all got up at once and started collecting what they needed, and gathering their math peeps.  There was about five minutes of noise and what looked like chaos and then ... they got to work.  These are the pictures from their first totally independent math session!  

As we were cleaning up from math one of my students who struggles in math said, "I just love math!"  Oh, be still my heart!!!!
the video,
math coins,
and white
boards in
their lesson

to learn
using the
video and
white boards.

<![CDATA[Math Groups]]>Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:46:43 GMThttp://blendedwithbarr.weebly.com/blending-math/math-groupsOur district uses Math Expressions and I have been grouping in math for three years.  I found that by grouping in math I was able to extend and enrich for those students performing above grade level.  I was able to reteach and slow down instruction for those students needing more time.  Each group moved at its own pace.  I would directly instruct each group for 20 minutes, then each group would move to partner games or activities to practice the concept, and finally each group had independent work to complete.  It was very successful

I got this idea from the Suestastic Blog a couple of years ago and it worked very well

So... how do I apply this to blended math?   I am still using math groups but now all groups are happening simultaneously.  I have six math groups.  Each group is on a different lesson. I use the APP Explain Everything to make videos of the lessons. 
Here is an example of a math video.
 I store my videos on VIMEO. 

Students use headphones to listen and interact with the math lesson created by me through Explain Everything

When all the tech works it's like a dream.  When the tech fails it's a nightmare!
 With laptops students use
2-prong Belkin splitters

I use Belkin Splitters so that groups can share the same video

Students also use laptops to watch math videos.  I prefer that students work in pairs or small groups.