Have you used Guided Math Groups or Math Stations in your classroom? Are you thinking about taking the plunge and trying it out? This is a little bit about my spin on M.A.T.H. groups.
M= Math Games
Students will play a short math game focused on one skill. I have a collection of math games that I have found for free or purchased. I like to keep it simple as possible, both in the prep. and in the instructions, because I need students to be able to do it independently. If you are looking for some ideas, I have quite a few game ideas pinned to my pinterest boards CLICK HERE.
A= App Practice
Students will practice the skill using a math app. I like to find apps that give students feedback immediately, so they know if they are practicing correctly. Students are required to do the “MUST DO” app first. This is usually an assignment from a website such as Ten Marks, Khan Academy, Front Row, IXL, or our publisher’s app HMH Player. After students have finished the “MUST DO,” they may pick from the “MAY DO” list which includes Xtra Math (to practice math facts), Prodigy, ST Math (JiJi), etc.
T= Teacher Time
Teacher time is used to get a head start on reteaching and enrichment. I group students based on need, so that I can meet with my struggling group first after a mini-lesson. This is a great way to incorporate Tier 2 interventions. For these kiddos, teacher time is usually an extension of the mini-lesson or a specific lesson to fill a gap for a prerequisite skill. For the other groups, teacher time is a great way to ensure they are understanding the skill, clear up an questions, and provide some challenge and enrichment.
H= Hands- On Practice
Lastly, the hands on activity is a way for students to try applying the skill. This can be an activity using manipulatives to model their thinking, a making a poster or video to teach someone else the skill, or an error analysis task.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, I do NOT do MATH Groups. It is just too much to plan for every day of the week. Instead, I plan to practice problem solving for those days. I am finding that this is the area my students struggle in the most, so I am making an effort to make it part of our weekly routine. On Tuesdays and Thursday, we do a short mini-lesson in our interactive notebook. Then, we do two sessions of MATH Groups to practice. This means I am only planning one set of stations per week. Fridays are used for quizzing, reteaching, and enrichment.
Overwhelmed by the prospect of starting MATH Groups in your classroom? CLICK HERE to find out how I got organized to implement this in my classroom.
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