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I hope you have enjoyed the series and have made some plans to try some new things this year! Today's final challenge involves asking you to do some reflecting on how you actually organize your math instruction. I am constantly getting teachers asking me what my math block "looks like"--and it's just not that easy of a question to answer!
Mine looks different every day There has been a lot of push to do "math workshop" or math "centers" in recent years. Sadly, this has resulted in some unfortunate results. I'm going to redefine some things the way I like to keep them in my mind Does that work for you?
If so, then we have to be mindful of how we do that. Some of our best intentions often go south, so today I'm going to share with you 5 ways that you can plan your instruction to try to get students in that "math zone" as often as possible.
You will notice--each strategy has pros and cons. We need to make professional decisions based on the math content, our students' knowledge, and countless other factors.
Let's see what you think. There are no podiums or lectures involved! The teacher then circulates and coaches.
Students may be working alone, in pairs, or some other collaborative combination. In order to be successful, the task has to be within reach of all students or small groups--whether that be through the instruction, differentiation, tools like calculatorsor through intervention on the teacher's part.
This can also be an extremely effective strategy when presenting content that is new for all students My goal as a teacher is that I WANT to be the observer and coach so I can see what my students know and what misconceptions they have.
Splitting the Class in Half There are times when trying to keep the attention of 24 students is simply impossible. Splitting the class in half and teaching the lesson twice might be just the ticket!
The beauty of this is the flexibility. You can teach the exact same lesson twice and just have a smaller, more focused group OR you can teach the lesson at two different levels so students are challenged at just the right level and just the right pace.
Remember, when doing two groups, there is no rule that says each "half" needs to get the same amount of time.
I frequently teach the lesson to my more capable learners in about half the time I spend with the other group. Be mindful of what you have the students who are NOT with you do It's a perfect time for collaborative problem solving, computation fluency work, or other "just right" practice.
Math Centers and Stations Well, here we go. This instructional strategy involves grouping students either by ability or not to rotate through a number of different activities--one with instruction from the teacher. Ideally, this instruction is tailored to the needs of the small group--or there really is no value in the rotations, right?
Whether we set up 3, 4, or 5 stations, the simple truth is that students are under direct supervision of the teacher for only a small percentage of the math block.
This requires a great deal of planning. We know we have many, many different ability levels in our classes, and creating meaningful "just right" centers for all of them is a challenge, indeed.
So if we can create meaningful work at these stations, we also do need to make sure that student behavior creates an atmosphere conducive to quality work. Since students are only getting direct instruction for one rotation, the teacher must be completely free of managing those other groups.
This takes a great deal of time up front to make sure the groups function well, know expectations, and can manage them without teacher assistance.
When they work well--this can be a great way for teachers to really tailor instruction Math Minilessons and Focus Groups This organizational strategy is a nice combination strategy I could do some modeling with the entire classWriting a Book Report Book reports can take on many different forms.
Three types of effective book reports are plot summaries, character analyses, and theme ashio-midori.comg a book report helps you practice giving your opinion about different aspects of a book, such as the author's use of . Books shelved as 4th-grade: Frindle by Andrew Clements, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, The One and Only I.
Fritzsche's Fourth & Fifth Grade Book Projects It's time to put your reading comprehension skills to work. This year, you will be expected to WRITTEN BOOK REPORT A. Write the title of the book on the top line and underline it. Skip a line and write the author under the title.
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Fourth Grade Book Reports Book Report Description: Fourth Graders will have 4 book reports this year, one for each quarter of the school year.
Every student will be encouraged to read a chapter book that is at his or her reading level and that follows our theme for the quarter.