90 Minutes of Math

I have 90-minute Math classes on Thursdays and you all know that few adults can sit for 90 minutes, much less an 8th Grader, so I set up four stations. One station is a teacher, my Inclusion Specialist, teaching reciprocals and managing a brief set of practice problems.  The next is a “collage” of review problems based on the results of the last summative assessment.  A third is me, using a collection of colored block manipulatives, to review combining like terms.  And the last is a handful of iPads with some specific exercises in Khan Academy targeting some current material.  The kids move in 20-minute blocks, they can talk, they can sit with whom they like, they get up and move about, and two teachers (sometimes three) are handy for quick questions.  It’s a differentiated, collaborative lesson, and very effective.  Each station has three levels of difficulty, and students can make their own choices.  They have a level of responsibility and accountability that really resonates with them. It takes some work, and is kind of tiring, but well worth the effort!

About gblakney

Middle School Mathematics Teacher, passionate EdTech user who loves to experiment with new methods and tools in the classroom. Following the lead of Dan Meyer and Jo Boaler, I create a safe place for kids to discover the fun and beauty of maths. I use Number Talks and Groupwork to make maths accessible for all of my students. I enjoy Mathematics and I'm enthusiastic about teaching; the kids really respond to that.
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