Workshop Wednesday - Math Plan, a Freebie and a Request
Elementary AMC July 17, 2013
I am linking up with Jivey (author of the fabulous blog Ideas by Jivey!) to share a few ideas of my ideas/plans for my math workshop next year.
Okay to start with, a little venting. We are starting a breakfast program at our school next year. Students will be provided with a light breakfast in the classroom after the bell. I understand that having a healthy breakfast is a huge help for students and totally support a breakfast program. What I am not so excited about is that it is taking place in the classroom, it will cut into my math time and because of other students' health needs we have snack time in my class again at 9:15. So students can eat at 8:30 and 9:15 and I should try to fit a little math instruction in during all this eating. My principal feels the breakfast program should take up no more than 10 minutes and can be done during the anthem and announcements but I am just not sure how that will work. So I have some serious thinking to do about what my math program will look like this year.
I usually start the year doing a daily math calendar. First we do them together using the Brightlinks projector, then they do them and give me answers that I record, then a student takes over on the Brightlinks. Here is what my daily math calendar looks like.
But this summer I read this amazing post by Reagan at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits (I love her new product and wished I taught a younger grade so I could buy it and use it!). I think that I will start out modelling the page again but instead of photocopying tons of pages I will double side the calendar and put it in a pocket protector or laminate it. On Friday I may give them a paper copy and collect it as a mini-assessment.
Next, I know that I have a very mixed ability group coming into my class next year. Last year I taught 1 mini-lesson then differentiated it for the my grade 3's and then the grade 4's. This year I will need to revisit using math rotation groups. I have only tried this once before, so I have a lot of work to do. This is a handy dandy free resource from Mandy's tips for Teachers on setting up guided math groups.
I made a math rotation board. I used my math superhero theme and made lots of different options even though I think I will be sticking with just work with teacher, math centers and lesson work. I print mine out on magnetic sheets so I can just post the board when I need it and then put it away to save room. Here is a picture of them on my floor (shockingly I do not have a white board at home :) ).
I may buy a small white board that can hold this information (I also use magnets for my guided reading groups) and can be tucked away when not in use - still thinking on that. Click here for a copy.
I know I will continue to focus on problem solving and inquiry based lessons. Here is a post I did with some links to videos and lessons for inquiry based lessons.
I will also be using this book from Marian Small.
I will also be using these resources from TPT:
Interactive Math Journals
Multistep Math Journals
Multistep Word Problems
I have also made a math goal chart for my math board next year. I know learning goals should be co-created with the students and I will make a checklist on chart paper but I also wanted something more permanent to post as well. I made some that would be useful during problem solving or inquiry based lessons and then some for my first unit. I will be posting them using binder rings and hooks. You could also post them on a ribbon. I like the binder rings and hooks because I can easily take it down when I need more room or post them closer to the instruction area if I need to. Also it makes it really easy to change the goals for each unit or depending on what we need to work on. Click here to get a copy of the problem solving goals.
I know this has been a very long post but.....
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