I’m going to be honest. I once believed every one of the following myths to be true about teaching Guided Math and running math centers. Yup! I was already overwhelmed and staying WAY past my contracted hours. The thought of adding one more thing to my plate was overwhelming. Because I didn’t want to take on one more thing, it was easy to believe the
When I taught whole group, or had every student rotate through the same centers each week, I was barely keeping my head above water. I was ALWAYS putting out fires while a line of students followed me around the classroom asking for help. Sound familiar? However, the idea of managing math centers and small groups STRESSED ME OUT! Initially I was overwhelmed by the idea
I often hear teachers say that they can’t teach math in small groups because they have a prescribed curriculum. I totally get that it can feel like a big obstacle. I used to see it that way too. Like a good percentage of teachers, I had a giant book on my desk that I would teach out of every day. The next day I would
When I first decided to take the plunge and teach my math curriculum in small groups, I remember one of my biggest fears was how much time it was going to take! I already had so much on my plate in the classroom that I was scared to take on ONE MORE THING. Well, after some trial and error, I found some critical routines that
These Summer Math Menus are one of my favorite things to send home with my students at the end of the year. The math activities are fun, engaging, and keep my students curious and thinking over the summer months. #WINNING These activities are purposely open-ended and offer multiple access points. That way, ALL students can access the content, and modifications and extensions are naturally embedded.