Wow, it would be great to have 90 minutes! I just took a math class this week that was all about small groups, differentiation, math stations, etc. So, now I'm wishing I had more time than I do right now to fit everything into my math block.

I would also be interested in any on-line resources! Luckily our class instructors for the week let us photocopy a bunch of their math station activities....about 55 different activities

that cover 5 different NCTM strands.

I plan to start with doing some mental math problems with the whole class (8 problems & then we discuss answers/strategies) and then do a whole-group mini lesson (15-20) minutes. After that I will start meeting with probably 2 groups a day, 3 if I can squeeze in extra time. The others students will be working with math station activities (most of them are partner activities or games), an independent assignment, a problem-based task, or a long-term problem based on the chapter/unit. I would like to have a brief sharing/reflection time at the end of class, but since all these ideas are in my head still....I'm not sure how that will work out. Might just need to do the sharing in small groups the next day.

One thing I did learn that was really helpful from this class that I was taking is that short, frequent, formative assessments are necessary for doing flexible groups. Small groups should change & not be set in stone. I have done pre-tests for the whole upcoming chapter in the past. But now I think I may separate them into sections and just give fewer questions at a time and then do another short assessment later to regroup the kids. I'm also going to make sure to have plenty of opportunities for students to "show their work" or "explain their answer" so I can see what they were really thinking or if they had a strategy, instead of just seeing that they happened to get the right answer.

Centers could be set areas in the room with different activities to choose from, or they could just be things that students could pick up and just find their own space in the room to work.

I look forward to reading the rest of the posts to come because this is exactly what I'm trying to think about this week, too!!