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How Can We Achieve Our Potential As Mathematicians?

We are currently working on the last part of our Unit 5 math unit, Landmarks and Large Numbers. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working hard on challenging ourselves as mathematicians and showing everything we know. We’ve used the five states of mind, craftsmanship, flexibility, interdependence, efficacy and consciousness, to push our thinking and help us grow as learners.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you be more aware of how you’re doing as a learner (Consciousness):

*How can I use the ‘I can’ statements to improve my learning?

*How can I use assessments to build on my learning?

*Am I aware of what I need to learn?

*How can I make my strategies more efficient?

*What are my strengths and areas of need?


Remember, Good Mathematicians:

(Craftsmanship, Flexibility, Efficacy)

*Estimate before they solve a problem

*Use the problem solving process

*Use multiple strategies

*Use efficient strategies

*Use words, numbers and pictures to explain their thinking

*Check their solution is reasonable

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on adding to our addition and subtraction strategies. We’re developing our strategies so that we can use at least two efficient strategies for both addition and subtraction. The short algorithm can be used, but only as an additional strategy (after using two other strategies) or as a strategy for checking our work.

Here are some charts to help you review the big ideas of the unit, as well as strategies for addition and subtraction:

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Tomorrow we will send home the Unit 5 pre-assessment and ‘I can’ statements to help you review at home. We’ll be continuing to work on these problems and ideas at school, so please bring the papers back to school each day.

Leave a comment to show:

*How you used your assessments to build on your learning

*Your strengths and what you’re working on to challenge yourself and improve

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What can I do to make the world a better place for all?

Recently in 4th grade, we’ve been talking about children’s rights and social issues. We’ve read about and discussed many things in the world that aren’t fair. Many people, and unfortunately many children, do not have the things they need to have a full and happy life. We, on the other hand, are very fortunate to have many resources at our fingertips and so many opportunities that others could not even believe possible. It’s therefore our responsibility as global citizens to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

So what can we do to help? Even small things make a big difference! We’ve brainstormed in class, and have been inspired by Ryan, a seven year old who made a huge difference and even created his own organization: The Ryan’s Well Foundation.


This year, our Grade 4 team is supporting the charity Candlelight. Their goal is to help disabled people in a very poor part of Thailand. Many of the disabled people that Candlelight serves are Karen or Burmese and do not have the same access to Thai health care and education as Thai citizens. We will help disabled children in Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi to have a better life by giving them to access to wheelchairs and walkers. Of course, students are encouraged to support other projects they feel strongly about. We know that many families are already supporting charities such as After the Wave, Oxfam, UNICEF, Save the Children, Water For All and more.

We hope that this will be a small step towards a wave of action. Our aim is to instil the idea that we can make a difference and take action when we see things that aren’t fair in the world. No matter our age, we can make a difference! Ryan is proof of that!

What can YOU do to make a difference?

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Our class has been inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her uplifting videos. Amy not only loves to spread joy but is a great teacher of the ways we can become more conscious of ourselves and others. Our ‘What Rings My Bell?’ presentations were inspired by Amy and provided us with a fun way to explore what makes us tick.

Look out for our individual ‘What Rings My Bell?’ presentations on our student blogs soon!

For now, here’s a preview into what makes Ms. Terry tick.

In 4 Terry, we are becoming more aware of ourselves as learners. As a result of my recent course in Cognitive Coaching, we are focusing on the five states of mind which help us to become self-directed learners. We’re looking forward to becoming more aware of the ways we can become more responsible for our own learning. This project helps us to to focus on ‘Consciousness’, as does our recent wave of spirit in the Elementary School inspired by Amy’s video: ‘Life is a Marathon’.

We’re looking forward to many more fun and thought-provoking activities which will help us focus on the other states of mind: craftsmanship, efficacy, flexibility and interdependence.

And of course we’re looking for Amy’s visit to ISB in April!

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