Yearly Routines and Focus
We are a math team that knows everyone is capable of learning math, and when it comes to optimal learning our attitudes, questions, collaboration, perseverance, and connection making matters.
- Have students create a math learning supply bag before the start of school.
- Give students an optional summer study packet that reviews the factors and multiples of numbers 1-100.
- Start the year with a focus on apt math attitude, teamwork, and the knowledge that everyone is capable of learning math.
- Give a few assessments to gain a baseline of students' current knowledge, skill, and attitude.
- Establish extra-help times, days (October)
- Review easy numbers by introducing and teaching students to use a number of math online and offline tools/practice sites, model making skills, and games.
- Teach each unit with a focus on exploration, project based learning, explicit instruction, practice, assessment, more practice, and a performance assessment.
- Assess periodically.
- Take yearly tests in spring. (Extra help sessions end at April break)
- Integrate end-of-year teaching into STEAM projects.
- Summer assessment of student/teacher efforts, successes, and need for revision.
Unit Routines (About one unit a month)
- Explore the topic via a number of investigations and/or projects.
- Explicit instruction - about 15-20 minutes at the start of each class.
- Practice via a large range or online and offline tasks with a range of grouping from independent work to partners and teams of three or more.
- Performance assessments, argument, and share - a chance for math talk and presentation.
- Get your supplies and needed materials from your math drawer.
- Listen to the ten-to-twenty minute explicit instruction.
- Engage in hands-on learning efforts.
- Lesson ending, clean-up, final share (last five minutes)
A quick assessment of this year's efforts leads me to the following summer efforts:
- Organize all learning tools & materials on the grade-level math website and in the class cabinets.
- Organize an order of teaching for each unit.
- Review project based learning activities and build in a few more.