Our classroom has the opportunity to be the math learning lab this year. This is a very exciting opportunity for the students. They did awesome on our first lab day! Mr.Tash is the best practices trainer for math and he worked with the students on using mental math to solve addition and subtraction. He also talked about making problems easier by applying your prior knowledge. If you know your doubles facts, you can can easily solve a doubles plus 1 problem.( 2+2=4. 2+3=5)
In best practices, we do not TELL the kids what they are learning. The kids discover their learning through exploration and reasoning. We always have to make sense of the math and justify why the answer is correct or why our method works. The students are learning how to have group discussions about math. They can agree and disagree with one another as well as help each other out when they are confused. I am so excited about how much my students are going to grow this year in math!!