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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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Guiding Questions for Math Tasks

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Guiding Questions for Math Tasks

Teachers are on a constant quest to ask the right questions during their instruction. There is a fine balance between a question that provokes student thinking and a question that contains too much scaffolding. The Department of Education writes, "Researchers support a problem-solving approach in the mathematics classroom because it engages students in inquiry, prompting them to build on and improve their current knowledge as they "construct" explanations that help them solve the task at hand. In a constructivist classroom, students are recognized as the ones who are actively creating their own knowledge. (Asking Effective Questions, July 2011). Our ability...

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Math Task Explanation Part 3

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Math Task Explanation Part 3

Welcome back to part 3 of my math task explanations! I hope that you have found this useful to you and that it answers any questions you may have. If not, please leave your questions in the comment section and I'll try to help clarify. Part 3: The Actual Task I will be using a 5th grade level task to walk through. A third grade level task is found in my Free Math Task Explanations set. I start by briefly reviewing the Math Task Procedures. Then I simply read over the task using the document camera and have the students use their finger to...

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Math Task Explanations Part 2

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Math Task Explanations Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my enthralling series called "Math Task Explanations"!  (If you missed part 1 you can click here: Math Task Explanations Part 1) I talked briefly about the procedures I set up in my classroom when doing a task and now I want to get into the nitty gritty. Exciting right? As mentioned before, I did tasks with my other teaching half. She is a FANTASTIC and strong teacher and I have learned so much from her. This means that we had about 45 kids in my room on task day. Translation: PROCEDURES WERE A MUST! We would...

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Math Task Explanations Part 1

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Math Task Explanations Part 1

I have had several people ask me to go into more detail about my math tasks. I know that sometimes they can seem confusing and even way beyond your students. I promise they can do it and so can you!! (You can also download my Free Math Task Explanations for more information) Two years ago my state had a MAJOR training on math tasks. This was where I learned what was expected and how to create them. This is also where I accidentally flashed the assistant superintendent while pumping (I was still breast feeding my daughter) during a break. Alas that is...

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