An Overview of Math TIME
Our Math Block
This allows my students to move naturally through the rotations, which are as follows…
covered, most students are able to work on this with no problem. If I
know a particular group will need more support on this page, I pull that group first. Once students are finished with their workbook
pages, they turn them in at the corresponding paper tray:
M: Making Meaning
The Best Things About Math TIME
- We do the same math work we’ve always done, but it is now student-directed. For example, instead of assisting the whole class during an activity, the students can work on their own while I work with groups who need more support or challenge work.
- Since my students have choice (which we all know they love!) they are completely engaged. This makes it much easier to take my small groups for instruction, as all other students are focused and on task.
- The responsibility is ideal for upper-elementary students. They learn how to use every moment of our math block because they know they have assignments due today, as well as a long-term assignment or two for the week.
- The rotations provide work for my early finishers. In the morning, any students who finish our daily morning work will often ask to work on a math rotation, especially the extension piece. They are very committed to this work because it is their choice. I love that they are using their extra time to work on math!
- The planning for math is so much easier with rotations. I plan a week’s worth of rotation activites. It takes very little time to find engaging activities for each rotation (thanks to Teachers Pay Teachers!) and then I just have to plan my mini-lessons and small group instruction.
Do you teach a primary grade? My sister Melissa (Fashion Craze Learning Days) is a Kindergarten teacher who follows this format of student-directed rotations. She and I have talked incessantly of how well this works in our classrooms, though we teach completely different grade levels! If you’d like to learn more about how she manages centers with student choice in her classroom, please click on the image below: