Tag Archives: math

#SOL18: Cookies

It began with a tweet.

And then my #OLW, “curious” surfaced.

What would a student response be?

Quirky, out of the box. Unexpected!

How about response #2?

And again, an unexpected answer!

Now, all in, I had to ask 3 more so I had an even 5.

Small data pool.

But yet, bigger than an N of 1.

Screenshot 2018-12-03 at 9.17.44 PM

Answer 1: “He will have to take the 98 burned cookies sprinkled in powdered sugar because Cameron’s friends and family ate the 185 good cookies!”

Answer 2: “If he promised to take 283 cookies, Cameron will go to the store and make 98 more cookies so he can take the cookies he promised.”

Answer 3:  “Cameron wanted to make sure the cookies were good, so he ate four.  Then he could only fit 135 cookies into his container.  He took 135 cookies to the cookie swap and left the rest for his brother.”

Answer 4:  “Cameron will be so embarrassed that he burnt the cookies that he will not go to the cookie swap.  He won’t be taking any cookies.”

Answer 5:  “Cameron was taking the 185 cookies that were fine to the cookie swap. Along the way, he met a man who was hungry so he gave the man five cookies.  Then he met his friend Albert who was not going to the cookie swap because he didn’t have any cookies.  Cameron gave him 80 cookies.  Cameron took the 100 he had left.



If any of these students “chose” a multiple choice answer and filled in the bubble, would we have known WHY they missed the answer?

100% accurate according to the stories.  Hmmm. When a wrong answer is a RIGHT answer!  

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

Screenshot 2018-11-01 at 7.09.50 AM.png

#SOL18: March 19

After the commenting challenge this weekend (75 comments), it seemed only fitting to continue on with some mathematical thinking.  Math was always easy for me and I did love the work I did in bookkeeping.  That double entry self checking process.  But it was the “independent study” – the opportunity to work at my own pace that drew me in.  After all, I was a senior.  So here as I contemplate numbers . . .

Thank you for the idea, Caoimhe Buckley.  and your post here.  Aggie Kister also gets credit for her post on 3/1/18 here.

Percentage Poem

12% grandma

10% reader

5% cheerleader “Rah”

10% writer

12% learner

6% blogger

3% focused

6% daughter

2% poet

6% leader

3% smartie

10% teacher

8% auntie

7% sister

What’s the total?
Can you see?
It all adds up to,
100% me!

What are your percentages? 

How would you describe yourself?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily forum each March. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

#SOL17: Math Homework

math brain.jpg

I can do math.

It’s not my first choice.

Give me a book.

Let me write,

let me deliver a speech or two,

Just let me choose!

It’s not that math’s hard.

But because it’s “One Right Answer”

I fret,

I worry,

I dither,

And I change my mind


and AGAIN,


I forgot my lifelines . . .

I could have skype messaged Lynn

or text messaged Katie.

I could have contacted Chad or JJ.

Under pressure

I folded

I contacted THE GOOGLE.

I was checking my great nephew’s 5th grade math.

Confident was I

After all I had taught fourth grade

And I thought I was successful

Even if it was back before Columbus discovered America!

REALLY, How hard could it be?

Problem Example (No REALpictures – didn’t think of that either!)

math homework five

Something like this block . . . repeated about 50 million times like it had been stamped onto the paper as a block of problems about 30 times.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen something that looks like exponents.  I’m pretty sure that I did not see this in my grade 5 math.

What did I need?

Confirmation of this:

math homework

or even this chart:

math homework two

or even this would have been helpful

math homework three

OR even this (all courtesy of THE GOOGLE!)

math homework four

I was brave.

I researched.

I checked.

I googled again.

Checking my great nephew’s math homework.

Worrying that it would be “WRONG”

When it looked pretty darn “RIGHT”!

After all,

I’m NOT just an AUNT;

I’m the World’s BEST Great Aunt!

math homework six

My confidence wanes

I’d hate for the homework to be counted wrong.

So I ask THE GOOGLE one more time

Then I text my niece and nephew,

“If B’s math is wrong, it would be my fault.  He had me check it.  I used a bit of Google and believe it to be all good.”

His mother replied,

“Excellent. I stopped being able to help him with math in second grade when they switched to the common core.”

Math woes . . .

Literacy is so much easier!

How do you solve problems?

How do you know when your problem solving works?

Who do you ask for help?  

What do you do when you don’t “KNOW something”?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.



Parent Resources for Common Core – ELA and Math

Wow!  More and more resources are available for teachers as they develop lessons to meet the requirements of  the Common Core.   Parents and community members who would like to view some Exemplar lessons for English Language Arts at grades 3, 7, and 8 can do so at this link.

Publications designed to explain the Common Core to parents are available for each grade level at the following links provided by the Council of the Great City Schools .

Parent Roadmaps for English Language Arts – Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Parent Roadmaps for Mathematics – Kindergarten through 8th Grade

How have you informed your parents of the changes required by the Common Core?  And your school community?  How could these resources help your communication processes?


PARCC – Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

My last post was about Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) because my home state of Iowa will be using these in the future.  That post  included a link to some sample assessment items as they will look online and additional released SBAC test items.  Today’s post  provides a brief glimpse into the sample assessments currently available from Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Item and Task prototypes can be found  for both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics at http://www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes

Representative Samples

Summative assessments for ELA are available at the following grade-level links.  Do click on the pdf’s below the task for additional information about teacher directions and the intent of the task.

Permissions are still pending so the entire task is NOT yet posted for any grade level. The link does describe the “type of assessment” that is included.

Grade 3  http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-3-tecr-end-year-assessment

Grade 6  http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-6-prose-constructed-response-narrative-writing-task

Grade 7  http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-7-prose-constructed-response-research-simulation-task-0

Grade 10 http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-10-prose-constructed-response%E2%80%94sample-1-literary-analysis

How could you use this information?

Discussions at your grade level could center around these questions:

Is this the text that your students are reading? Do you have common formative assessments at your grade level?

These samples could help you frame common tasks and instruction for reading, writing, and speaking!  Should you assess your students using these tasks?  ONLY, if you have provided instruction that would be aligned with the tasks! 🙂

Smarter Balanced Assessments

I just finished reading Maureen Devlin’s post about teachers taking assessments.  That is a practice that would benefit teachers of all grade levels and content areas.  Check out that post – Take the Test!  (And if you are on Twitter, you should be following her @lookforsun)

Smarter Balanced Assessments are available for preview!  Have YOU worked through any of the sample items or tasks?

Sample Items and Tasks

Accessing the Sample Items and Tasks

The sample items and performance tasks are compatible with desktop and laptop computers with the following Internet browsers:

•       Firefox 3.6 or newer

•       Internet Explorer 8 or newer

•       Chrome 18 or newer

•       Safari 4.1 or newer

In addition, Android and iPad tablets with 9.5 inch screens (10 inch class) or larger are supported with the following Internet browsers:

•       Chrome 18 or newer (Android)

•       Safari 4.1 or newer (iPad)

Explore sample items and performance tasks:

•       English language arts/literacy

•       Mathematics

•       Frequently asked questions (PDF)

(Thanks to Deb Hindman at the Iowa Department of Education for this information about SBAC!)

Do you want to see more than one passage? Additional SBAC Sample Items

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) has released sample items that teachers and districts can use as part of their preparation in the transition to SBAC related assessments.

What did you learn from  the sample tasks?  

If the assessment task asked the reader  to identify three key ideas, is it possible to highlight more than three and increase the likelihood of a correct answer?  

Were any of the answers questionable in your own mind?

My Zorro Circle

it is what it is

Steph Scrap Quilts

"Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads..."


A meeting place for a world of reflective writers.

Tim's Teaching Thoughts

Ideas and Reflections on Teaching

Hands Down, Speak Out

Listening and Talking Across Literacy and Math

Teachers | Books | Readers

Literacy Leaders Connecting Students and Books

Dr. Carla Michelle Brown * Speaker * author * Educator

We have the perfect words. Write when you need them. www.carlambrown.com

Curriculum Coffee

A Written Shot of Espresso

Mrs. Palmer Ponders

Noticing and celebrating life's moments of any size.


Seeking Ways to Grow Proficient, Motivated, Lifelong Readers & Writers

Doing The Work That Matters

a journey of growing readers & writers


adventures in multiple tenses

The Blue Heron (Then Sings My Soul)

The oft bemused (or quite simply amused) musings of Krista Marx -- a self-professed HOPE pursuing Pollyanna

Middle English

Life as an English teacher leader

steps in the literacy journey

Walking the Path to Literacy Together


Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

Resource - Full

Sharing Ideas, Strategies and Tools