#tlap Archives - Page 3 of 3 - Mary Kienstra

Kakooma Challenge via Google Hang Out

By: Mary Kienstra on: March 12, 2015  in: #tlap, Engagement, Kakooma

My students love to play Kakooma on www.gregtangmath.com .  In fact, Kakooma Challenge is the centerpiece of our Friday math routine.   I’ve bragged to every teacher I know about how engaging Kakooma is for students and how we use it to learn so many things in my class.  Today we competed in a Kakooma Challenge via Google Hang Out with a […] Read more


Math Engagement with Halloween Candy

By: Mary Kienstra on: November 6, 2014  in: #tlap, CCSS, Engagement

Every year, the students at my school donate their extra Halloween candy to the local USO.  As so many projects, it started small and has grown in scope and volume every year.  Our students are generous as community contributors.  They take great pride in the amount of candy they contribute. One great motivator: the class […] Read more


Write Scripts, not Paragraphs

By: Mary Kienstra on: October 22, 2014  in: #tlap, Engagement

After a several days of researching, my students and I gathered together to talk about the next steps in their project.  They had enthusiastically found information about their favorite author and were buzzing about what they had learned.  I think they were secretly, or maybe not so secretly, dreading the next phase – writing the report. I showed […] Read more


Let Them Measure: Volume Measurements

By: Mary Kienstra on: June 19, 2014  in: #tlap, Engagement, Math, measure, nets, surface area, volume, worksheets

We’ve all had those days where things just don’t go the way you think it should.  You plan the lesson with all the critical elements to meet the target, but when the students get started, there is no excitement, no spark.  It’s just boring. That happened in my room when students were learning volume measurements.  The […] Read more


Doing Something Right

By: Mary Kienstra on: March 22, 2014  in: #tlap, Engagement, feedback, inspiration, Math

Two essentials for performing at your best are inspiration and feedback.  This past week, I was fortunate enough to have large doses of each.  It was quite a week!From time to time we all need inspiration.  We need inspiration when things get boring or routine.  Sometimes inspiration just reminds us to keep striving, keep working […] Read more