Reflection: Greedy Gordy Makes Pies: Exploring the Number 17 - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment

 

I have been struggling with what to do with a student who just doesn't get this number thing.  This little boy struggles with every aspect of math.  He has made tremendous gains since the beginning of the year, but he is still substantially behind his peers.  I am constantly examining what I am doing to reach him.  He is getting about 30 minutes a day of small group or one-on-one instruction.  I have a volunteer grandparent working with him as well as a 5th grader who is trying to help him.  Yet, the progress I have observed is minimal.

I often grapple with the question, is it okay to say, "This little boy just isn't ready for this yet?"  We push our kindergarteners so hard today.  What would have been a minor deficit in years past is magnified and we immediately go into "panic mode" when a child isn't understanding.  I know I am hard on myself when a student doesn't catch on.  Even though I am providing so much support, I still ask myself, What can I do differently?"  Maybe I just need to say, "It's okay.  It will come.  Those are hard words for me to say and I am guessing...just about any teacher.

  Greedy Gordy Makes Pies-Exploring the Number 17
  Greedy Gordy Makes Pies-Exploring the Number 17
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Greedy Gordy Makes Pies: Exploring the Number 17

Unit 3: Exploring Numbers 11-20
Lesson 8 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to identify, count and represent the number 17.

Big Idea: Greedy Gordy returns for this fun lesson about the number 17.

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Subject(s):
Math, Number Sense and Operations, SIOP, ELL, Critical Area, counting, Number Sense
  45 minutes
baker gordy
 
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