Growing up, math class involved a chalk board, worksheets, and desks in rows. Interactive Math? What's that?
Look...there's me in the front row with my arms folded, looking completely amused. HAHA!
Okay, so maybe this is a bit before MY time, but doesn't your heart break a little when you see this picture? Could you even imagine what these sweet kiddos from the past would think if they stepped ONE foot into our classrooms?!
Although I have nothing but
Okay, so let's step forward into this this very fortunate time in education and imagine something even more astounding. In doing so, I have a couple of questions for my modern-day educators, more specifically, math teachers...
Would you like to have someone run your centers for you? Or would you like for someone or something else that could take the time to show your students step-by-step directions on how to solve math problems during class time while you worked in a small group?
For the last several months, myself and fellow TpT seller, Mrs. Shelly Rees from Appletastic Learning, have been collaborating on something pretty special. It's a resource that truly does allow a hands-off approach to teaching and learning, if you so choose.
Let's walk through what we came up with, and see just how this mathematical beast works!
The first thing that you should know, is that there are
One option listed above was the use of this product as a math center. Here is a look at a bulletin board that I set up to do just that! Think of it as a menu of sorts. This is how it works...
So, the five standard categories are displayed at the top of this bulletin board, so I chose to do a little of each standard.
Placing these particular headers at the top will help each student as they fill in the optional tracking sheet with each particular standard listed on it.
Back to the wall. Under each major standard header, there are specific skill headers,along with preview cards.
The skill header is used to identify the topic, and the preview cards are used to provide an example of what the students will be asked to do to complete their tasks. They may choose to do something that you already taught in your classroom, or perhaps they will choose a brand new topic. Either way...we got ya covered!
Once they choose their interactive math topic, they are ready to dive in! They will find their work inside of a file. I chose to organize mine inside of a hanging file, however, you could totally organize these into pocket folders or accordion folders. Labels are provided for optimum organization ease, as well.
I rest this file beside or beneath the bulletin board, so the center is complete and easily accessible to students.
Inside, you will find hanging file folders that are loaded (by you ahead of time) with skill sheets and example cards.
THERE ARE 340 SKILL SHEETS INCLUDED! They are black and white and ready to print.
ANSWER KEYS ARE INCLUDED!
You can choose to check over student work or have them self check and keep track of their own progress.
THERE ARE 74 EXAMPLE PAGES!
These were created to create a fun, visual impact, while breaking down each interactive math skill process step-by-step. You are able to work in small groups while students work on their own.
The idea behind the example cards came to me when I saw just how dependent my students were on me. I wanted to alleviate their reliance and free up time for my small group work. How would I do this? I needed a "teacher" available to do my job while I did something else. That's how these priceless tools were created.
Student work mats are provided if you choose to use these for students to solve their work. Otherwise, a plain sheet of paper will do the job!
So, to work through this station, students would...
1. Choose their topic2. Find and go back to their seats or work stations with their practice pages and example cards for that particular skill
3. Complete and keep their interactive math work in the student tracking folders
You can have a pre-selected topic for each kiddo to work on, or they can have the freedom to work through each one on their own. The flexibility of it all is incredible!
I totally get it! All of our classrooms are different, or perhaps you have things where you want them. No problem. We are also showing you the option of putting these materials on to a trifold board. The cool thing about this is that you can interchange the content very easily. We put Velcro on the back of these and when we're ready to change them out...it's a matter of pulling these off and putting something else in its place!
Yes, there is a little bit of effort on your part at FIRST setting this up. However, instead of being overwhelmed with the thought of it, we want you to keep something in mind...
You set this up ONCE...and other than the practice pages, you literally will have this forever.
I recommend printing the example and preview pages professionally. You can load that particular file online to a site such as Staples and send it to their printer. BE SURE TO PREVIEW THE PRINT JOB BEFORE SENDING IT! Sometimes, it will be set in a portrait setting when you need it in landscape. That will make the print job worthless, and you'll have to do it again. You don't want that to happen!
Here's the setup breakdown:
2. Laminate sample and example cards and cut
3. Place example pages and student skill pages into desired system (hanging file, pocket folders, accordion folder, etc.)
4. Explain to kiddos how to work the center
5. Start working with your small group and having mathematical freedom!
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We sincerely hope that our time and effort will make strides in education worldwide. We love what we do, and we love that we can alleviate a little bit of stress for our fellow teachers. We appreciate and respect each of you. Wishing you all the best!