I am hoping this post will help answer some questions I have been asked lately. But let me set forex strategies 2013 nissan all straight because I am not an expert outside of my own little classroom. This is what works for me this year plain and simple!
This varies daily, but the general idea is that students take out whiteboards and we work on a couple spiraled questions in test taking format. We will do a mini lesson together as a class. This was a lesson on related facts and using symbols to represent our math thinking. We took a set of objects and wrote both an addition and subtraction sentence to represent what was happening.
My itty bitty math focus wall holds the essential question, big idea, and some teaching visuals which help keep me on track for the week. If you are looking for a system for math rotations I use STACK! It’s been a lifesaver for me! Behind these girls you can see our rotation system is being projected on the whiteboard. It is set to a timer. This is included in the guided math rotation board above.
Math journal is either a journal entry that corresponds to our lesson, or a skill practice page that addresses what we are learning in our lesson. Whether or not the independent practice activity will go in the journal, it is still considered journal time. Before beginning guided math stations, every student gets the journal activity either passed out to their desk waiting for them to get to journal, or it is something I have placed on the Elmo that they are to solve and show work for, respond to, or explain for critical writing. They already have what they need on their desks. To help stay on top of checking their work I have them bring their journal to my table when they come for their guided math. I do this once or twice a week depending on how independent they may be with a concept.