Kelly Beleckas

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Kelly Beleckas
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This math project reminds students that they can subtract using a variety of strategies. Students must draw & cross out counters in tens frames; complete a fact family (think addition to subtract); create a part-part-whole chart; hop on a
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Using number bonds in K-2 classrooms is a great way to help students understand part-whole relationships at an early age. If students understand how to compose and decompose numbers easily, they will be able to break apart numbers and find
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This Fact Family Activity is great for students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. The following common core math standards are addressed: K.OA.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g.,
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This addition game is great for kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. It really helps students memorize their basic addition facts in a FUN WAY. Additionally, lessons can very easily and quickly include components that tie in
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This Fact Family activity is great for students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. The following common core math standards are addressed: K.OA.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings1, sounds (e.g.,
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This math project reminds students that they can add using a variety of strategies. Four ways to add are shown in this project; students must draw a picture; create a part-part-whole chart; hop on a number line; and use the commutative property.
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In the Common Core math standards, students’ knowledge and understanding of base ten is essential. “Base ten” simply means that any number can be created with exactly 10 digits: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Starting in kindergarten,
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This “3-In-A-Row” addition game is great for kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. It really helps students memorize their basic addition facts in a FUN WAY. The game can be played on a SMARTBoard or on paper. This upload includes
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This “3-In-A-Row” addition game is great for kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. It really helps students memorize their basic addition facts in a FUN WAY. The game can be played on a SMARTBoard or on paper. This upload includes
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My home and school were hit very hard by Hurricane Sandy. We have not even been able to get back to school yet. I just created this activity to do with my students when we return. I am going to ask students to write and draw about what they did
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This is a fun background great for jazzing up any activity :)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my 7th year working as a remedial math at a wonderful public school on Long Island. I push into K-5 classrooms to teach whole-class lessons, and I also work with small groups of students in pull out sessions to help them understand and conceptualize math better. I also have presented at various math conferences around New York, including NCMTA and NCAMS’ “How to Make Math Count” conference at Molloy College; NCMTA & SCMTA’s “LIMACON” conference at SUNY Old Westbury; AMTNYS’ “Math Rocks” conference in Rochester; and NCMTA & NCAMS’ “Family Math Day” at Long Beach High School. I have also taught two math methods graduate courses at Fordham University.

MY TEACHING STYLE

When teaching mathematics in grades K-5, I find it crucial to create lessons and activities that help students master basic facts and conceptualize mathematical procedures. My lessons also require students to solving real-world problems by applying mathematical strategies. I strive to align my lessons with state standards and make sure I have clear, obtainable objectives. During lessons, I act as facilitators, scaffolding learning and providing prompts that stimulate thought-provoking discussions and student learning opportunities. A great lesson might include a combination of spiral review, cooperative learning, hands-on or virtual manipulatives, student discovery, mathematical literature, independent practice of new concepts, reinforcement of new concepts through songs or games, problem solving activities that require higher-level thinking, and journal writing or talking journals that require students to explain their thinking and support their ideas on paper or verbally. In order to reach various types of learners and to help all students succeed, I find that differentiation of instruction as well as differentiation of assessment are necessary on a daily basis. I am always planning, self-assessing, and working on my classroom management skills. My goal is to help all students should develop a deeper understanding of mathematics as well as a positive attitude towards math.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My students were Nassau County Sumdog champions!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Undergraduate: Georgetown University - Math & Sociology Major Graduate: Fordham University - MST Childhood Education, 1-6

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I have the most adorable Dachshund named Frank! His favorite activities include sunbathing and snuggling.

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