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Old 09-25-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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How do you work delivery of lessons for Singapore? I was talking to colleagues using this for the first time and they indicated some teaching/lecture lasts 40-50 minutes. Hard for kids to attend that long??? Curious how it works for others.


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Are you using a particular curriculum or program?
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Our district embraced Singapore Math--Math in Focus program.
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Breaking up lesson
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I break up my Math block into manageable pieces or utilize brain breaks/ energizers for the students to kick their brains back into absorption mode.
Lectures that exceed 30 minutes usually cause kiddos to tune out, but if you get them out of their seats or play a quick skill-related game (which I trick them into believing they have earned with their hard work/ staying on task), they are ready to be sedentary again for 15-20 minutes. I've also integrated many other practices with Singapore Math:

I also use a lot of whole brain teaching practices which allow kids to be physical and talk while they learn.

Foldables are a great way to involve students and give notes.

Dry erase boards are worth their weight in gold; the students really love using these for practice/ review and will pay close attention!

I utilize Thinking Maps for whole group and small group activities/ notes.

Hands-on lessons and manipulative usage are also a must; I try to integrate edible manipulatives like Cheez-its, fruit snacks, candy bars as much as possible.

I have a 60 minute Math block, but by breaking the lesson down in 15-20 minute sections, the students experience more success and retain/ master more skills.
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we are using the Math if Focus program grades K-5. I have found that having the student book up on the smartboard works well because they can write on it and explain their thinking. (I love the math in focus website). We also use whiteboards and partners/sharing to work on the skills. We have 55 minutes for math: we do a 10-15 min. warm up, work on the lesson, then go to special. We also take a brain break about 1/2 way through to wake them up.


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Do you like Math in Focus?
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We are currently using Everyday Math, but our scores have been dropping. We are looking at their new common core version, but have discussed the option of piloting other programs. Is there differentiation in Math in Focus? Anyone ever used Everyday Math before Math in Focus? I am wondering about the pros and cons of each. Thanks!
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