On the old Math thread post I wrote about Daily Math and my blog. My blog is www.preciouspresence.blogspot.com
. I blogged about Daily Math and the games that we play. You can read it for some information, but I have since changed the scheduling.
In the beginning I started off with 4 groups and three rounds. First round I met with 2 groups, while the math support teacher met with one group. As for the two groups I met with, one would stay with me in front of the Smartboard and we worked together. While the other (higher group) individually did their work, with the invitation to join the group in front of the Smartboard if they needed assistance. In between each round I did a mini lesson from the days lesson (we use think math). This kids I wasn't meeting with would pick a game.
I never got to the third round so I changed this to only two rounds with three mini-lessons. Also, starting last week I tried allowing my kids to choose "math by myself" in either round. Again the kids have the choice to do the page with my assistance or by themselves. This has been working out well so I will try it for a little longer. This class happens to be very honest and if they need help they ask for it. Or if they feel like can do it on their own they do. The reason why I like this way rather than the groups I use to do was that the kids are not always with the same children. Also, in math it is hard to group them because the skills are so different for each unit, so the groups would be changing every two weeks anyway.
As for when the kids are not meeting with me, as I said they choose math games that give them fluency practice. More about these on my blog. I have five games and the kids are required to do all five within the week. I have a chart on my smart board. Each day I put Mon, tues, wed... under the game they played that day. This way they can see which games they have played and which games they have left.
I love doing math this way and so do my children! I am stilling waiting to see one or two more assessments to get a feel on how their grades are but I think the small groups and daily facts practice can't hurt. As "luvteachin" said they kids have a chance to participate. Also, I feel it is more fair for the more advanced kids because they sometimes get the info in two seconds and then had to sit through a 45 minute lesson. Not fair! Or they would finish the workbook page in 2 minutes, while others took a 1/2 hour. So these children would then have to read independently. Nothing wrong with reading independently but if they it is math time and they should get challenge within that extra time, not have to do a time filler.