December 14, 2016
PRINCIPAL’S DAILY
December 14, 2016
- Good morning. Loving this spirit around here!!! Goodies for Good today.
- Mass on Friday followed by Town Hall and early dismissal.
- Christmas Sing tomorrow at 1:00 and 7:00 with Jingle Mingle to follow.
- Staff luncheon on Friday afterschool at Pasta Pelican.
- Here’s part III to the article Math entitled “Supporting Clear and Concise Mathematics Language” by Elizabeth Hughes, Sarah Powell, and Elizabeth Stevens in Teaching Exceptional Children, from the September/October 2016 issue. Hughes, Powell, and Stevens provide specific suggestions for precise language in five areas of the mathematics curriculum which I will address the rest today: Numbers and operations with rational numbers: Instead of Numbers in the fraction, say This fraction is a number. Instead of Top number and Bottom number, say Numerator and Denominator. Instead of 2 over 3, say Two-thirds. Instead of Line, say Fraction bar or Slash. Instead of Reduce, say Rename or Find an equivalent fraction. Instead of Three point four, say Three and four tenths. Instead of Move the decimal point over, demonstrate the process within Base 10. Instead of Three out of four, say Three to four.
Geometry: Instead of
Box or
Ball, say
Square/rectangle or
Circle. Instead of
Square (for any rectangular shape), say
Rectangle. Instead of
Corner, say
Angle. Instead of
Side or
Angle (to describe 3D shapes), say
Edge, Face, or
Vertex/Vertices. Instead of
Point, say
Vertex. Instead of
These are the same shape, say
These shapes are similar. Instead of
These shapes are the same, say
These shapes are congruent. Instead of
Flips, Slides, and
Turns, say
Reflections, Translations, and
Rotations. Instead of
Stretch or
Shrink, say
Dilation.
Measurement: Instead of
Long hand and
Short hand, say
Minute hand and
Hour hand. Instead of
Less versus Fewer, say
Less or Fewer. Instead of
Bigger or
Larger, say
Greater. Instead of
This is 2 centimeters long, say
The length of this side is 2 centimeters. Instead of
Weight and mass (used interchangeably), say
Weight (for the pull of gravity on an object) or
Mass (the amount of matter in an object). Instead of
Capacity and Volume (used interchangeably), say
Capacity (liquid measurement)
and
Volume (the space of an object). Instead of
Chart and Graph (used interchangeably), say
Chart (presents data in an interpretable manner) and
Graph (presents exact numerical data). Instead of
Picture and pictograph (used interchangeably), say
Pictograph (a graph with pictures to represent a single or multiple items).
Have a good day and God bless.