2. Math Materials: On the last day of school, we got an email telling us that our math curriculum for next year has arrived at the district office and we can pick it up to explore it over the summer. I picked up a HUGE box of math stuff that is waiting for me to dig into it. Glad I will have the summer to do it!
Does anyone use Math Expressions? How is it? You can see that it is "Common Core Aligned", so I'm curious.
3. Reading Common Assessments: On Tuesday, I met with another teacher from one of the other elementary schools in the district to rework our reading common assessments. We originally wrote them two years ago when Common Core was brand new so now that we've taught CCSS a few times, we have a better feel for what we are doing. We tried really hard to whittle them down as much as we could. I don't think kids need to answer eight questions from the same standard just to prove that they have mastered it.
4. BizWorld: My BizWorld kit came this week! Have you heard of BizWorld? I first learned of it from Fourth Grade Studio and I immediately jumped on board. According to the BizWorld website, the BizWorld program:
...teaches the basics of entrepreneurship, business and finance by showing children how the entrepreneurial cycle operates in the friendship bracelet industry. Students are divided into companies, with each student taking on a leadership role to support the team in designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling their products in the BizWorld marketplace. Students can experience the entire entrepreneurial cycle in just ten hours as they create a revenue stream, deduct expenses, experience a profit or loss, create an income statement and value their company. The impact the program has on children is vast -- from inspiration to creating their own companies, to understanding the relevance of being successful in life and academics.
Sounds like great hands-on learning to me! If you go to the Biz World website, you can apply for a reduced cost kit. When I got the email telling me I was chosen to receive a kit, they said I could also get a Biz Wiz kit just by paying the shipping. I got all of this for about $17:
Financial literacy is something that I feel is greatly lacking in our educational system and I will use these kits as part of my curriculum next year to try to change that. I know my students will have a BLAST with this program. I hope you apply for one yourself!
5. Office Makeover: My husband graciously (OK, with a little begging from me) finished painting my office yesterday. I am still working on some final decorating touches so I'm not going to share pictures yet, but I can tell you that my dog Toby has found a new place to hang out while I blog/work.
How was your week? Head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up. Have a great weekend!