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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Going the Extra Mile - It's Worth It!
Today was one of the those days when you wake up early and you just know it is going to be a GREAT day! Our fifth grade team has spent the last 10 Wednesday mornings coming in 45 minutes early to provide extra math practice for any students who want to come early to school. We call it "math club" on the average we have had 30-45 students for every club meeting. We took turns leading the club and the other 3 teachers supported by walking around helping students.
But today was our last club meeting and we decided to keep our own classes since we knew our own students the BEST. I had over half my class attend this morning. We looked at previous OAA math released questions. I was able to work with each student because the number of students were smaller. I could take the time to explain why the net would build the cylinder. It took some time, but we worked through an algebraic equation that every student except 1 missed. We discussed AGAIN the difference between area and perimeter. I might have mentioned 88 times the importance of labels especially with measurement of polygons and volume. It is magical moments like this that I know my students are ready and going to do a GREAT job on their math OAA test one week from today.