I was on a field trip with my third grade class in a large grassy area with a huge tree in the middle. All the kids were following the teacher across the field and under the shade of the tree. As I passed under the shadow of the tree, I noticed a large hole in its roots.
Meet with two small math groups Whole group lesson. Here is a more detailed break down of my week: This my be something with the calendar or the hundreds board.
Then I usually teach the kids a some sort of math game. I show the students how to play the game and then allow the students time to pair up and practice playing the game. While students are playing, I wander around trying to help or reteach how to play the game. It is a great way to see how the students think and how they interact with others.
After we practice the game I call kids back to their seats and they take some sort of assessment. Usually it is a preassesment that I use to see what kids know so I can put them into groups. It is just something I make up. Usually four questions about what I am going to teach. When I am in the middle of a unit, then it is a assessment to see what I taught recently and I grade it to see what I need to reteach.
I have created longer assessments, that cover the whole unit. However, this takes longer for the kids to take and I have less time for the game. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday- I teach some sort of minilesson.
This can be something with the manipulatives, calendar or hundreds board. I haven't really mastered this part yet!
I am still working on this! Then we break into small math groups. Students are divide into different groups, depending on how students did on the preassesment from Monday.
Sometimes I can do three groups, others I need four groups. I pull a group. I spend about 20 minutes with the first group and then another group comes to the table.
The other students then switch to playing math games or seatwork. Friday-I am trying to get in an exemplar every Friday. So far this school year, I have done one, but I think I am more on a schedule now.
I also try to give end of unit assessments on Fridays. Exemplars are heavy duty word problems that my school has purchased. Planning and Organizing Planning This is an area I am still learning.Classroom Layout. Mandrel is a fairly well-organized teacher.
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