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My Weekly Math Block

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My Weekly Math Block

I often get questions about my schedule. One of the questions I get most is what my math block looked like. It can be confusing and overwhelming to plan out your math schedule. It seems like every year more is added to out plate: weekly math prompts, progress monitoring, Student Learning Objectives, and more! Trying to fit everything in can be a challenge. While my schedule did change slightly from year to year, I tried to keep the overall structure the same the best I could. I am going to show you how I set up my math block as...

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5 Steps to Setting Up Your Math Centers

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5 Steps to Setting Up Your Math Centers

Setting up math centers in your classroom can be overwhelming, stressful, and confusing. I know that I tried (and failed) several times before I found the right combination that worked for me.  Before I started math centers, I had a lot of questions and concerns about how centers would really work in my room.  My Concerns: 1. How can I create meaningful, engaging centers every single week? 2. How can I ensure that the students stay on task? 3. When do I have time to put everything together? 4. How do I organize all the materials needed? 5. How can...

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How to Easily Differentiate Your Math Centers

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How to Easily Differentiate Your Math Centers

Differentiating your math centers can seem like a daunting task. How are you supposed to differentiate each center, each week, for each student? It's actually easier than you think.  This is the second of a series of 4 posts on math centers. If you want to learn more about math centers, check out the first post in this series, 5 Steps to Setting Up your Math Centers I also have a webinar that walks you through 6 easy steps to effective math centers in your classroom. Learn how to implement differentiated math centers in your room in an organized and manageable way...

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8 Must-Have Materials for Math Centers

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8 Must-Have Materials for Math Centers

  You've decided you want to start math centers in your room. You have a vision for what that looks like in your room. You have planned out how many, what kind, and how long each center will be. Now it's time for the most overwhelming part: the materials.  You might be asking yourself the following questions: 1. Isn't there a TON of materials needed for centers? 2. Where do I get all the supplies I need? 3. Isn't that extremely expensive? 4. How do I store everything once I've accumulated it? All of these questions are things you need...

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4 Ways to Organize and Store Your Math Center Supplies

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4 Ways to Organize and Store Your Math Center Supplies

We all know how valuable math centers can be for our students. But one of the most overwhelming parts of setting up math centers is the idea of storing and organizing your supplies. Not only do math centers require a lot of supplies to help make them effective, but the more supplies you have, the more you have to worry about students losing or misplacing those supplies. So, I want to show you a few ways that I managed to solve those problems.  This is the last blog post in a series of four posts on math centers. If you're...

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