Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

A Unique Way of Recalling #’s

After three weeks away we were back at Longfellow this week…for one day…and now they have break for two weeks. But that’s okay! Thursday was still a successful day of kindergarten work. I decided not to use the iPad this week because I figured a new term, a new ‘toy’. I worked with 4 students on Thursday, the 4 students who lost their free time, so I was worried that it was going to be difficult to get them motivated and to keep their attention since it was their last week of their 3rd quarter. Despite that, the students were pretty attentive which was good. The students I worked with had a variety of ability levels so I focused on different skills for each student, but each student also got to play an iPod game or two. There was something interesting I found with one student, which was that she could identify the number 6, 9, 12, or 20 if she counted to that number in her head. She mixed up 6 and 9, 12 and 20, and so I would place those numbers back in the pile of number cards so she would get more practice, then I would hold them up one after another, switching the order, and she still had troubles. One time when I held up the #6 card I realized she was counting in her head and I asked her what she was doing and she simply replied that she was counting to that number because then she would know what number it was. This confused me because she must recognize the number in some sense in order to know what to count to but she could not answer until she counted. Was she seeing the numbers in order in her head and then when she pictured that number she stopped counting? I’m not sure, but she did this for 9, 12, and 20 as well. When she was doing the Line ‘Em Up game on the iPod she would, for the most part, get those right because she could see them and count. I really realized how each student has a unique way of recalling and learning.

I can’t wait to begin using the iPad in a couple of weeks because it will not only help students, but I will be able to see how they are working. For instance, one more higher ability student was working on the iPod and she would not let me see what she was doing so how was I supposed to help her or know if she was successful? So I’m pretty anxious to use it because it will be something totally different and awesome for me and the students.

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