Have you ever had this common math teacher problem happen to you? You do a GREAT job teaching a unit to your students. Tons of hands on practice, everybody seems to get it, all around great results. Full of joy and confidence and patting yourself on the back, you finish up the unit, and move onto something else. Then, a few months later, you refer back to what you taught. But... Despite having all understood it perfectly weeks ago, almost every student stares blankly back at you, as if they have no idea what you are talking about! It's happened to me - more than once!!! My first two years of teaching, I would teach a unit, and then move on. But, I quickly realized that my students were forgetting previous units as their brains made room for new information, and buried the things that I had taught that they were no longer actively using (likely in order to make room for the new information!). That did not sit well with me, and I knew I had to find a solution...
Well, I have got to say that this March Break has not been overly exciting. Two snowstorms and 90ish cm of snow had the city pretty much shut down for the past couple of days! Lots of time to get work done, but hard to get visiting and other fun things in. Tomorrow I am going to try and squeeze in a couple of visits with friends and a yoga class (my body is starting to get antsy from sitting still!!) and then decide if I should head home tomorrow ahead of the incoming Saturday storm and risk being snowed in without internet, or stay in the city and risk not getting in to my classroom before Sunday. I have a LOT to do in there! Decisions, decisions. I posted on the old blog a bit about our Saint Patrick's Day I Spy activity ( C'est moi l'espion - la Saint-Patrick ). I wanted to post here again, because I have made an Easter version over the break for sight words. Also because I figured out how to block their sweet little faces so I can show more photos. Here are a couple o...