During a session at the Tennessee Independent School Association conference last fall in Chattanooga, TN I was introduced to the idea of 'chalking.' Teachers at Baylor School said that whenever a pretty day came up you could expect to see math problems worked out around the school's campus in chalk. I knew my girls at Hutchison would love this! So this past spring when the weather was nice we would go outside and chalk. I divided the class into groups of 24 and gave each group a different problem and 1 piece of chalk (to cut down on nonrelated ground decorating.) The girls LOVED it!!! I found it helpful to do the problems that got the most 'ughs' with chalk. The joy of being outdoors and writing with chalk got rid of those. For my PreAlgebra 2 students we did triangles and my Algebra kids did DRT problems. The beauty with chalk is that when it rains, its gone! No cleanup. The girls did a great at staying on task and following directions. I also enjoyed the change in scenery and the extra Vitamin D. ___
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Natalie Turbiville
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