I will be teaching a course called Reasoning Mind to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. It's a math program that our new superintendent brought to the district this year. The students will be in my room three times a week for 45 minutes. That means I have ELEVEN different sections of kids. I have no idea how I'm ever going to remember that many names! I went to a week-long training course for Reasoning Mind and was able to learn a lot about the program. It is computer-based and tailors to every child's specific needs. It has been implemented in Dallas ISD and Houston ISD and has raised students' knowledge of math and improved their interest in the subject. I am really excited about what it will do for our students! It feels a little weird to be utilizing computers in math class, but I'm guessing this is how school will be all the time in a few years.
I spent hours making these horses because I couldn't find pre-made ones ANYWHERE (not even online!). I already had my mind set on a horse race, so the only option left was to make them myself. The horses will be racing across the room as the year goes on to show classes their progress in the program.
Crossing my fingers that it will be a great first year!