Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Boxcars and One-Eyed Jacks

Hello Again!

Today I attended a PD session put on by the local Multi-Age Educators association by "Boxcars and One-Eyed Jacks". This is a workshop on math games particularly but also some ideas about math teaching in general.

Math has been one of my focus points this year, especially since I am teaching a 5/6 combined class and the, "Okay, grade 5s, you work independently while I work with the grade 6s," just doesn't work for me. This year I tried using math groups or "guided math" to help teach my kidlets. That's a whole other post, but suffice it to say that one of the groups in my math program is games. I L.O.V.E. love games for teaching math.

So back to the session. First of all, any time you are giving me a free resource that I can actually use, I'm in. Today I walked away with this book,

 This is a whole collection of math games for grades 1-9. The great thing is that they are basically all playable with just a deck of cards or a set of dice, and the extension/differentiation possibilities are pretty open. AND, the best part--I won a prize! I won 3 of these three-in-a-die dice! Yay!

Anyways, if you want to learn more or order any of their great manipulatives or books, the website is

Happy Thursday! Time to prep for Parent Conferences tomorrow!

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