I absolutely love having time to visit Trisha’s classroom. No matter what time of day I walk in there I always see three important things: ENGAGEMENT, ACTIVITIES, and ENJOYMENT! She runs her classroom in station-based format with students working either individually, or in small groups, to accomplish goals she has set for them. And while it may be noisy, and look a little chaotic to the untrained eye, upon a closer look one would see there is a whole lot of learning going on!
This was her teacher led group working on coin values, addition, and money counting. What I loved most about this activity is that most curriculums would suggest she have students circling, labeling, or writing on a worksheet. But, Trisha is a big believer in the #mathismorethanaworksheet mindset, and it pays off big time when it comes to creating lessons that will engage and excite her students through active learning!
A favorite classroom item that we both share a big love for is the Osmo system! If you haven’t heard of Osmo, open a new tab RIGHT NOW and visit http://www.playosmo.com! You will be amazed at what these devices can do! Children “play beyond the screen” of the devices in your classroom and use handheld pieces to complete puzzles, solve equations, and more! A staple in Trisha’s Math station time is Osmo Numbers. Osmo Numbers is a numeral and dice game that takes the stress out of Math because is reminds students that there is always more than one way to solve a problem. Children explore an underwater scene and use pieces to build equations and earn fish for their aquarium! Do they get carried away sometimes? Does the room get loud with excitement? Does it look like they’re having fun? The answer to all of these questions is, YES!!!
How do you make Math a meaningful part of your day? We’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas with us on Instagram (@mrs_peterson2 @teacherslearn2) and on the Adam and Trisha Teach Facebook page!