Monday, June 24, 2013

Schedule Spotlight Series #3 - Math

Happy Monday, friends! I am coming in a little late tonight - had to watch the Bach with a sweet neighbor! I was blown away on the 2 on 1 date -- who saw that coming??? {I won't give it away if you haven't watched yet!} And what is up with all the tight hoodies this season?? I can't deal!

This is the third post in the 10 week Schedule Spotlight series!
For those of you just joining in the fun, we are going through our day, minute by minute and hour by hour! Almost as a good as observing…but saving money on gas and sub pay! :)

7:45 - 8:15 ~ Morning Work {Post #1 - June 10}
8:15 - 8:30 ~ Calendar {Post #2 - June 17}
8:30 - 9:00 ~ Math {Post #3 - June 24}

My first grade friends are already on the carpet from our calendar time and we head straight into our math mini lesson! 

My mini lesson lasts about 10-12 minutes. I really, truly believe that the longer we teach, the more kiddos start to lose interest! I teach very explicitly and it is fast paced. One key to mini lessons is to have all of your materials ready to go. If you are only teaching for 10 minutes, you don't have time to stop to pull out the unifix cubes! 

We adopted the enVision math series in the 2012 - 2013 school year. I use their online lessons a few times each week. I like that there is a visual and auditory lesson on the Promethean board!  I also bring in Brain Pop, Jr. video and quizzes in the mini lessons, as well as literature, songs, poems, flipcharts, and Safari Montage video clips. 

I am thinking about incorporating Math tool kits {pencil boxes} for each kiddo so they can have all the manipulatives they need for our lessons. I will change them out every month or so with the materials we will need. They will pick up their tool kit when they come to the carpet for calendar. I thought this might eliminate time wasted passing out and collecting manipulatives. Thoughts???

At about 8:42 {I know all of you primary teachers are time specific} we go in to Math Work Stations. I implemented Work Stations for the first time in the 2012- 2013 and I love them! I feel about them the same way I feel about Daily Five - best changes to my teaching!! 

I have 9 tubs. 7 are hands on activities and 2 are technology {1 computer tub and 1 iPad tub}. 

**Click {here} to read my post all about Math Work stations. I was going to retype it - but really this post says it all! :) There are also some Math Work station freebies!

At about 8:56, we clean up from work stations. I play a song {sometimes a clean up song, other times a seasonal or thematic song we are singing to that week} and by the time the song ends, all kiddos should be back on the carpet. I step back during the song and let them clean up independently. I find that they will work it out without me - you know, all the junior teacher assistants out there?!? They will call somebody out politely tell a friend they left a piece on the floor or need to log out of the computer! 

We finish up with Math at 9:00 and then its time to head to our Special! {Yay! Time to reheat my latte in the microwave!}

Link up below to tell us all about your math block!

Join us next Monday, July 1 to learn more about what Phonics looks like in my classroom!

Have a super summer week!!! :) 


Julie DiBenedetto said...

Hi Kelli!
Great to be back this week and read your Math spotlight series!
I am halfway through Debbie Dillers book and LOVE it! I have thought long and hard about releasing materials to the students and I finally did! After school let out this June, I had a parent come in and help me reorganize ALL my math manipulatives into personalized tubs. I am working on the post actually for next weeks issue of Monday Made It and the Optimimum Organization Linky. I would be honored to have you stop by then to see the pictures of my new math tubs!
This will definitely allow me maximum time on task next year!
Thank you so much for sharing your schedule with me!

Teaching Little Miracles said...

Hi Kelli! Thanks again for this linky. I love it! I like your workstation board. I may have to "pretty up" my math team rotations this year. :-)

Teaching Little Miracles

Matt said...

I just found your link up. Very cool and I'm excited to see what people do. We're switching to all CCSS math next year, so I'll see what I can take from everyone.

Digital: Divide & Conquer

Sharon Dudley said...

Kelli, first of all thank you for doing these linky parties. I thought that I was already following you, but when I checked your total went up, so I guess I'm your latest follower! :)

I also totally agree with you about your philosophy of being prepared. I over-prepare for all of my lessons, and I think that's why I got "distinguished" for my evaluation this year.

Can't wait to read more!

Sharon Dudley, NBCT
Teaching with Sight

Kelli :) said...

Hi Julie!! I think you will LOVE math work stations!!
CAN'T WAIT to read more about your personalized tubs! Thanks for your sweet comments! :)

Hey Sharon! Thanks so much for following C and C! Congratulations on your awesome evaluation! :)

Kelli :)
Castles and Crayons

Sandy said...

HI Kelli,
Thanks for all the great ideas! Love your blog..

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