I am fully enjoying being on spring break! Yesterday I met up with two of my favorite teachers who I taught with last year! I love getting together with them because they always provide me with so many ideas and lots of inspiration! We had been doing book club meetings to talk about the Daily 5 and how we can implement it in our classrooms. Since we had finished that book, we were ready for our next one and Donna had the perfect book!
Number Sense Routines by Jessica Shuma
I just started to read the book, but I am already so excited by what I've read! She talks about how everyone uses the words "number sense" without really knowing what it means and the understanding that goes along with it. The book has lots of diagrams, student examples, and actual stories about working with students during her research. It is fabulous! And although the book is targeted towards K-3 teachers, I teach 4th and am finding this book very beneficial. I am excited to use some of the routines and strategies she discusses in this book to work with my students!
Also, have you heard of Singapore Math?
It is focused on developing students' number sense as well. There are several Singapore math classes that my friends have recommended that I am planning to take when I am done with my Character Ed and Masters classes this summer! They are offered through Staff Development for Educators and I have heard nothing but good things about the courses!
The 3 Teacher Chicks also have some great resources for Singapore Math! Whereas I am just beginning to learn about it, they seem like experts! Check them out if you want to learn more about the program!