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The math gnomes are a Waldorf

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The math gnomes are a Waldorf thing, although I've heard some teachers have switched over to squirrels to freshen the stories up.

Here's an example story:
http://ebeth.typepad.com/serendipity/gnomes-and-gnumbers-a-mat.html

I believe the idea is to build context around the mathematical process to help make them more real and less abstract for the students, which is ironic given the fantastical nature of the gnomes, but hey, it seems to work...

Kindergarten inclusion teacher at R.L.Brown elementary in Jacksonville,Fl

It makes a world of

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It makes a world of difference! That sounds awesome Samer! I would love to hear more about the gnomes!

Kindergarten inclusion teacher at R.L.Brown elementary in Jacksonville,Fl

Thank you Becky!! Integration

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Thank you Becky!! Integration is the only way to go for complete learning experiences!

Kindergarten inclusion teacher at R.L.Brown elementary in Jacksonville,Fl

Thanks Dan!! I like to

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Thanks Dan!! I like to explore a wide variety of activities .It keeps my students and myself engaged in learning!

K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

I love the wide variety of

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I love the wide variety of activities here! Don't forget all of the different ways that kids can create things, with or without technology. Kids can learn so much more by doing instead of receiving learning passively.

Education Consultant

Great post, Trisha! As the

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Great post, Trisha! As the music teacher in our elementary school I was always working with the classroom teachers to encourage interdisciplinary learning. The art and music teachers are great resources as well!

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It's amazing how much of

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It's amazing how much of difference creativity makes in the classroom. My wife teaches first grade, and she's been using a set of stories about four gnomes to help her students learn the math processes. Each gnome has a cute name and specializes in a process-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

The kids really get into it. She was telling me just the other day that they were pretending to be the gnomes at recess and were adding and subtracting things found on the yard.

Now, there's a whole framework around these stories, which has taken some time to develop, but it's clearly paying off. The students are really engaged.

Creative teacher from the great state of New Jersey

Thank you for all of these

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Thank you for all of these great tips! I am excited for this years group of kids and I love getting more and more creative. I actually found some fun stuff that is reasonably priced and interesting. If you are looking for some other stuff to check out, have a look at CMF's site. http://www.cmfsupplies.com/school-supplies-classroom-furniture.php

Kindergarten inclusion teacher at R.L.Brown elementary in Jacksonville,Fl

Thank you Wendy!! I

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Thank you Wendy!! I appreciate all of the creative souls out there. We have to keep the creativity going in schools!! :)

Kindergarten inclusion teacher at R.L.Brown elementary in Jacksonville,Fl

What are you talking about? I

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What are you talking about? I am working with students at that time also. My students that help others are not forced to help. They volunteer to help out our classmates before official school time starts by themselves. Some people including children enjoy helping others out, out of kindness. I teach my students we are a class, not an epsiode of survivor where they try to prove that they are better than others.We cheer eachother on. My students are very bright and well versed. I have a very fostering, caring environment in my classroom. I'm not sure why you are implying that I don't work in my own classroom or why you are questioning kids aiding kids in learning during practice time. The whole point of this article is fostering growth in fun ways. Please leave negativity off of the article comments.

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