Since the beginning of September and the start of the new school year, our living room has become an art studio as my youngest daughter explores painting techniques and works on her homework assignments.
I find it interesting to look at her assignments and to see her imagination come to life. It is also interesting to see the way she works. I am thinking soon she can give me ideas to use in my classroom!
I have begun the unit on patterning with my grade 1s and 2s. The children enjoy this unit and tend not to have too much difficulty with it. As a diagnostic, I asked my students to use attribute blocks to create a pattern.
Once they had created and extended their pattern, my students recorded their work in their Math notebooks. While they were working, I observed them and made notes of any difficulties a student may have had. If they transcribed their work incorrectly, I also made a note.
Before I ask my students to create another pattern, I will teach them how to improve their responses. I will also challenge them to create more advanced patterns. I look forward to seeing what they create.
Have you used attribute blocks to create patterns?
When I looked out of my apartment window yesterday afternoon, not only was I discouraged at the grey skies but also at the number of buildings that have sprouted up over the last few years. A new crane has shown up on the horizon recently with a few being promised nearby. The grey skyline is not one I every expected to see daily when I was growing up in the suburbs in South Africa.
At night, the view changes a little and becomes less harsh. With the growing number of condos in the neighbourhood, though, the sky in no longer pitch black. No stars can be seen in the night sky.
The view I see daily from my window is not my first choice; but it is one that I have resigned myself to. Who knows what my future may hold; and what view I may see. For now, the city view is the one I live with.
Have you ever wondered about the difference between an ARC and the final published copy? One of the differences may be the cover.
I received an ARC of Crier’s War by Nina Varela at the last Frenzy Presents event that I attended. I loved the start to this series so much that I knew I would want to continue reading it. When I picked up a copy of the book this weekend, I fell in love with its beautiful cover.
The ARC shows the sketched outline of the proposed cover but does not do true justice to its final lines and the embossing on the book’s dust jacket.
Have you noticed any other differences between ARCs and final published copies?