First of all, congrats on the new site! It’s gorgeous!
I am a new teacher (I’m actually on my last prac!) in Australia and love your teaching philosophy.
Your book suggests that:
"At the beginning of a new math unit, the activities are mostly review and practice from prior units of study. Then, as the new unit goes on, more of the Math Daily 3 activities become practice and reinforsement related to the current unit of study."
There’s alot to cover throughout the year and potentially many, many activities if you are using games, manipulatives and computers.
How do you fit them all on the Math D3 board? Or do you take down the activities that are no longer relevant?
Do you have a minimum number, or a core set of activities per unit? Or as many as is needed to meet the students learning objectives?
In the lesson format there is 3 focus lessons. Should all the activities in each round of MD3 be relevant to the focus lessons or can students choose slightly less relevant activities?
I am also interested in seeing these math activities. Are these shared anywhere on the website for me to print?
Congratulations on becoming a teacher! I hope your school year is going alright so far. I wanted to answer some of your questions so that it might help in some way. I’m by far no expert, and even though this is my sixteenth year teaching, I’m always learning. For the past 3 years I have been experimenting with the Math Daily 3 and really focusing on implementing it even more this year. So far I have been liking it and it has been beneficial for my teaching and my first graders, especially since it gives me time to work with students one-on-one and in small group. I’ll try to answer your questions as best as I can
As far as adding some to meet each objective (or standard), yes. Each of the games and activities that I have added aim toward each standard. It varies from topic/unit, but generally there seems to be maybe about 3-4 new activities added for each topic/unit. Of course, many of these activities/games have skills and concepts that overlap with and build on the other standards.
I hope this makes sense and helps in some way. Best wishes for a great year!
Michelle in Virginia, USA
NBCT, First Grade
Great ideas, Michelle! The more we hear from teachers who share their ideas, the more we can all learn!!
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