Never stop planning

Plan every day, right up until the very last one. These are great days for: Math or Science Jeopardy; EverydayMath has lots of games; set up stations and offer a variety of activities; Blackjack and Poker are valid Math games; even an opportunity for quiet reading.  Prizes of little toys or candy offer a large return on a small investment. If you have a routine for starting class, Do Not Waver! Use it every day, even these last ones. It’s good for you and good for them. Dan Meyer’s http://www.101qs.com/  for five minutes, or Andrew Stadel’s http://www.estimation180.com/ for 5 minutes are fun, but do not rely on video. The kids are hyper and excited and need to be able to move about. Students need direction and will do just about anything for you, and this will make the time pass quickly.  You need to be aware of how stress and fatigue may affect your processing speed and judgement, as the kids may be tempted to prank you. So if anything happens, safety considered, take a deep breath and give them a big smile.  Hum a little Alice Cooper in your head.

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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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