What worked this year:
- Math stations: Because I didn't have a lot of math materials, these took some time to create, but it was so worth it!
- Organizing manipulatives: I put all of my manipulatives in labeled plastic boxes so they were easily accessible for lessons and for students to use during independent work.
- Calendar: I created a calendar routine for my Smart board. I tried to vary the activities a little bit each month and added a lot of number talk opportunities. If we ever missed calendar time, I heard about from the kids!
- Focus on numeracy: As primary teachers, we all know the importance of a print rich environment, but we've never really focused on numeracy. This year, I had a math wall and I displayed math anchor charts. It was a small step, but I wanted the kids to know we valued math as well as literacy.
- Math talk: Kids were regularly given a chance to explain their thinking to others. I need to do more, but it was a start!
- More small group guided math.
- Utilize math journals: We used journal prompts regularly, but I want the kids to use the journals to record their thinking and learning during lessons and activities as well.
- Use individual math toolkits: I attended a workshop by Kim Sutton who advocates that the students build a supply of math tools to keep in their desks. I also want to use her number line.
- Authentic assessments and record keeping.