This started as a blog about my experience with a flipped classroom. It has followed me from 7/8 grade to 5/6 to 3rd and now back to 8th Algebra 1 and 7th PreAlgebra. I still dabble in flipped classroom, but experiment with many teaching strategies which I would like to share.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Minds on Math: Chapter 6 "Opening"
I call this chapter the beginning of "getting down to business" of a math workshop.
The problem of the day is: How do you start math class?
Seems to be pretty obvious that we need to start out our class with some sort of warm-up, bell-work, do now, etc. This was one of the first things you learn when learning about lesson plans! Hoffer reminds us how important the opening activity of our class is to setting the tone of the day and activating prior knowledge.
I have always used a "do now" in my lesson plans and my class routines. My idea of a Do Now is the task students should do when they come in that does not need any explaining on my part. They should come in, take out stuff for class and get to work. My experience is that I usually just throw up a computation problem, probably what we did the day before, and some of the kids race through it or do it in their head and some kids have no clue what to do and just sit and wait for others to finish it. Another struggle I have is no matter how much I try to remind and enforce my beginning of class routine, my kids take their time getting in, getting their stuff put away and getting to business. I wonder if it is because of my "lame" openers?
I am thinking after reading this chapter that one of my goals will be to really work on my openers and beginning of class procedures!