Hello to all the primary teachers who spent the day with me today. Thank you all for opening yourselves to thinking about the operations in a new way, and to considering how having a range of strategies for finding the sum or difference will impact the students we work with and care for… I wanted to attach some materials for you – to make it easier to find what you came here for! First, the Big Red Bus master can be downloaded by clicking here: Big Red Bus.
Spectrum is the place to go for the number balance and the magnetic counters. You’ll want to check out these personal strategies for subtraction, explained from Van de Walle and try some of the games from the Math Tool Kits (a great thing to send home with parents) to practice the basics and to promote the mathematical processes we discussed today.
Once again, please remember that this pedagogical and content-based change is a journey and that we are embarking on it together, one small step at a time…Carole