I Love Target Math
07122007, 03:09 PM


I have used Target Math for YEARS, but convinced my school to order it for K6 two years ago. Everyone was excited the first year, and I was a great improvement this year because of it. However, last year I was the only one doing it consistently again. So, I am going to have to get everyone excited again, because I saw a drastic improvement in my student's math skills and scores this year.
Of course that didn't really answer your question, did it? Scheduling... Our students (PreK3) do not have a "holding area" before school in the morning, they come directly to our classrooms. So, I have a specific morning routine they do to get ready for the day, and then they do their Target Math. Some students have more time than others, but all know that we will go over it at 8:10 when morning announcements are over. I try very hard not to skip days unless we have an unexpected assembly, etc. I have the kids correct any mistakes in red when we go over it together. When we are through they put their daily answer sheet in their math folders and we start our Excel Math Lesson. I usually use 3040 minutes on that lesson because as short at the lesson appear you need to supplement them with extra practice. The student then have about another 2030 minutes to work on the guided practice part of Excel and if they finish early we have Accelerated Math on our computers for them to practice objectives on. We are totally immersed in math for about 90 minutes. It worked wonders for my students last year, and they loved that we weren't "rushing through" math!
I don't know if this will help, but try to find a time when they can work through one color per day and then you go over that with them before you start your math lesson. You don't necessarily have to have them work on it, go directly to review, and then your math lesson. However, making a steady schedule and doing the same thing everyday is what it important. That is what I have to get my coworkers to understand this year! I too will be met with a new challenge this year because I have a math class in the morning and another in the afternoon.... so, I am having to rethink my schedules also.
Best of luck, you have a lot of good ideas here to build from.
Ang
