Edm
08122015, 06:13 PM


Sorrylong! I struggle with this, too. I really wanted to do a workshop approach, but I also felt like they needed to be doing their Math Journal. I want them to have a separate Math Notebook for problem solving, but have trouble finding time for both. It's been trial and error for me. Here's what has been working for me:
Number Talk or Number Sense Routine (whole group) 5 min
EDM Lesson (whole group) 15 min
Stations (kids travel with partners) 40 min
Share (whole group) 5 min
Math Stations are all games or manipulative no worksheets. I take a lot from Kathy Richardson, EDM games, Debbie Diller and some that I have found along the way. Usually all the stations are working on the same skill so the kids can choose which ones they want to go to.
As for me As soon as they're independent at stations, I'm pulling (~3) small groups. This is when we work on the EDM journal or the Math Notebooks. Honestly, usually it's the Math Notebooks because I don't love a lot of the Math Journal pages. The Math Notebooks are also easy to differentiate. We use bigger numbers, or more open ended questions. Usually these are number stories, but on Thursdays and Fridays I pull skill/strategy groups based on what I'm noticing from the week (e.g. These kids need help with counting on, using near doubles, etc).
Towards the end of the year, when they're better at reading directions, l sometimes make stations only 20 min and spend the first 15 min on a Math Journal page. If a kid doesn't finish, we move on. If it's taking them longer than that, it's probably at their frustration level and they're not learning anything anyway. I didn't notice any decrease in test scores when I moved away from the Math Journals, btw! In fact, I think my kids were better than ever in Math! The book Math Exchanges is wonderful if you want more info on teaching small groups. Hope this helped!
