Hi Friends! It’s week two of the Diggin’ into Summer linky! This weeks topic is organizing math workshop. You can see my post last week about classroom organization here.
If you have followed my blog for awhile you know that I LOVE teaching math. It’s my favorite thing to teach. Let me give you a little background about myself though. Growing up, I S-T-R-U-G-G-L-E-D with math. I absolutely hated it. In college, I had to take two remedial math classes before I could take college algebra. I was always and still am a reading and writing girl. It was something that came naturally for me. I quickly learned during my first year of teaching that I struggled with teaching those subjects that came more naturally to me. I discovered that my strength was math. Now, I know 2nd grade math doesn’t compare to algebra, but it was so easy for me to teach. I can easily break down concepts down on a easier level so that the majority of my kids understand. I’m happy to say that out of my 13 kids (yes, 13, I live and teach in a very small town!) over half of them are above grade level in math and the rest are right on track where they need to be. This makes me one happy teacher!
I’m going to break down my math block for you. This is what I did this past school year.
We then move onto our whole group lesson that lasts about 30 minutes. During this time, I’ll show a brain pop video if we are introducing a new concept or for a quick review. Every day we work in our math journals and use manipulatives.
After our whole group lesson we break off into smaller group for math stations.
During stations my groups are working together on previously taught concepts while I work specific groups on skills they need extra help with. I have a do not disturb light on my table. If the light is on, no other group can come disturb our learning unless it’s an emergency!
KABOOM! is the one game that I always say every teacher needs in their classroom. It is so versatile and can be used with anything. This is my students absolute favorite game to play and they never get tired of it. I have games made for all subject areas. Read all about this class favorite! ---> bit.ly/KABOOMClassroomGame... See MoreSee Less
One year, we read a story about a little girl who flew around the world and saw many different things, one of which was the Statue of Liberty. When the students were asked to name something she saw on her journey, a little boy said the Spatula Delivery! Too cute!