Every day in our classroom starts off with morning meeting. Students meet in a circle, greet friends, share, read the message, and complete a team building activity together. We move into literacy, which is followed by math and STEM.
My students are hard workers and are willing to work well with others.
It's a close and tight community, as we are a small section school. Every group of students I have move with each other from class to class unless someone moves. They think of each other as their family. My school is filled with dedicated teachers always looking for ways to improve student learning.
Many of the activities that are completed in my classroom are from the workshop approach. Students are actively participating and moving throughout the work time.
Students in my classroom participate in a math workshop model, which allows them to be successful in all areas of math.
This means that students start on the floor for warm up counting, math talk, and a mini-lesson. We explain the rotations and then students are split into three or more groups. This depends on the level of the students and how much small group instruction time they need with me. The rotations include math tubs, journal writing, math apps on iPad, math facts with partners, and teacher time.
One of the math rotations, math tubs, requires a lot of materials and storage. Therefore, the storage system would greatly help our classroom! Students pick a new math tub every day and once the students have tried all of the math tubs, we will switch them out for the next set. Also stored in the tubs would be extra math materials such as manipulatives and math fact practice cards.
During math workshop, I meet with students in a small group for a lesson and activity. This will be where the math manipulatives (dice, counters, connecting cubes, base-ten blocks, whiteboards, and many more) will be used. These items are essential as they provide a hands-on learning experience rather than just paper and pencil. These math manipulatives will help all students of various levels learn and succeed.
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