By Delia Montgomery. 3rd Grade Math. Published at Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 - 00:05:51 AM.
Im ashamed to admit that I have just spent almost five hours trying to find his article again so that I could verify my facts. I was never able to find it again. (Did he get fired and remove it?) However, I found articles referring to a 23-year-old 1st year math teacher who taught 4th grade math in 2006; and I found a similar article referring to a 23-year-old female math teacher who was being praised for what she did. This is probably a good example of how stories change in the retelling. What I finally decided about the story was that it really doesnt matter whether it is true or not. Either way, it is a wonderful example both of something a new teacher absolutely should never do, and it is a good example of both of those major flaws in the Chicago Series.
Its tomorrow. Its recess. Im standing at the bottom of the high slide on my trusty crutches because my friend is climbing the scary stairs to the top so she can make the exhilarating glide down and land triumphantly at my feet. We will both giggle at the fun of it all. Just before my friends turn to slide down, the boy who was climbing the stairs ahead of her stopped at the top and hollered for everyone on the playground to watch him. As we all watched expectantly, he dug deep, with both hands, into the pockets of his blue jeans. Next thing I knew rocks were careening pell-mell down that high slide at me. I was the target. I was an easy mark, since I hadnt yet mastered the art of nimble crutching. Above the cries of my friend waiting to come down to me, he yelled out, "Thats what she gets. Shes fat and crippled and retarded and has rocks in her head." There was a lot of laughter. I eventually learned to walk well - no braces, no crutches, post-polio syndrome in check. Hurray! Im special. "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me." I only think about that grade school high slide incident every ten years or so when something or someone reminds me how mean a few bullies can be. Mostly, I have nothing but positive memories of precious school days - mine and those of my three children.
A wide range of important math concepts are introduced in the third grade. One of the most famous ones is multiplication. Most parents have a natural fear or dread of the period during which their child will have to learn multiplication. In most cases, that fear and dread is caused by memories of having to learn the times tables by rote. While this strategy is still used to some degree today, a great deal has changed. The specific strategies that your child will learn will depend on the curriculum of his school. However, you can help him get a clear understanding of these types of mathematical concepts by setting him up with 3rd grade math games at home. Learn more about how they can help below.
In his article, this brand new teacher--straight out of college--was hired by a school district to teach 3rd grade math. This school district was using the elementary school version of UCSMP--Everyday Mathematics. I cant remember whether he wrote the article in September or October (one of the facts I wanted to check), but the point is that it was very early in the school year. He had already run into some problems: his students didnt understand anything they were being taught and their parents were all mad. He decided that the problem was the textbook and its approach, so he made a unilateral decision (no discussion with the department head or Principal) to stop using the district-chosen series and, instead, teach his 3rd grade students the way he thought they should be taught. And not only that, but he was so proud of his decision that he put it on the internet. No discussion with his Principal, but he writes about it on the internet. The arrogance of youth!
Studying 3rd grade spelling words may be a little easier for children at this particular reading level. Still, using the same old methods of repetition and memorization could become a little boring for young minds. However, there are ways to make learning spelling words for 3rd graders fun and creative that can be useful and stimulating for them. The first way to help 3rd graders learn spelling words is to not take it so seriously. This technique may work best with words that a child just cannot seem to grasp. Making a silly sentence that will stick with the child can help him or her easily memorize the word or words with which he or she has trouble in a fun way. For instance, a child may remember the word "j-u-m-p" with a silly sentence such as "Janes umbrella makes pretzels." The trick is to make the sentence something so ridiculous that the child cannot forget it and the word does not become a chore.
Everyone knows by the time theyre in 3rd grade that its teachers pet who has the honor of cleaning the erasers, wiping down the blackboard, and replacing stubs with fresh, long white pieces of chock that felt amazingly smooth as your fingers slid lightly over their cool hardness as you placed them neatly in the chock tray. Mrs. Conroy smiled at me as she arranged the pages of each students best cursive writing on the bulletin boards flanking both sides of the clean blackboard. We had everything in place for tomorrow. It would be a great day. And I was, indeed, a good girl who had learned the hard way to wiggle her toes a few months ago with the encouragement of the physical therapy heroes.
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