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!

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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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