What is your math curriculum like? Do you ever feel like there is never enough time spent learning/working on a concept before you need to move on so that you keep pace with the pacing charts provided from the powers-that-be?
I have and I do! I feel it more and more each year and I struggle with it! I don't know much about the Common Core Standards or how it will affect our profession and student learning. What I do know, is that I have felt that I need to find a better way for students to practice what they have learned so that they will retain what they have learned and develop stronger strategies for problem solving.
I have read Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations, and I intend to create some of the activities she suggests, but I took a short cut this weekend and visited another website which has activities that are aligned with the Common Core! I felt it might be easier for me to start with pre-aligned activities then add to it as I create/find more activities.
I spent much of yesterday and today organizing games I found at k-5math teaching resources. I found that each game or activity is easy to find materials for and hopefully the students find them engaging!
So here is what I have so far for 'organization'. BTW...if you are looking for ideas, support or motivation to get organized, you should join the Clutter-free Classroom Project.
I copied each activity onto cardstock, inserted it into a plastic sleeve and placed it into my 3-ring binder.
Having each activity/game in a sleeve will make it easier to just place it into one of my Math Work Stations
bins once I have taught the students how to use the materials.
My next goal is to use plastic tabs to divide the activities into the different standards. Then I can just add to it as I find or create more activities to support student learning.
I will keep you updated on student response!