Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Schedule Spotlight Series - #3 MATH

Good morning! I'm linking up again with Kelli for her Schedule Spotlight Series. I love this linky because I'm always looking for new ideas on how to schedule my day and make it better. This week's topic - MATH!
As far as scheduling...there has only been one year (out of 3) that I have been able to squeeze math into my morning. It was by far my *favorite* year though. The kids just seem so much more alert and engaged before lunch.
Anyway, last year was not that year. We came in after lunch, did Deskercise, calendar time, and then started our math lesson by 12:00. We used Everyday Math. My whole-group lesson would be about 15 minutes.
Then we would break into what I called "math teams." These were not levelized groups - instead I tried to spread around the kiddos who needed extra help (though I will probably change that this coming year). I had three stations and would rotate the students through about every 15 minutes. This was my first year trying it and definitely an "experimental" year with math stations. However, I loved it and so did the kids!
I'm going to be a little lazy and link to a more detailed post about my math teams. I will say...my rotations had ZERO prep work on my part (other than sending one sheet down for copying)!
I'm very excited about math this coming year for a few reasons...
1. It is in the MORNING! Hooray!
2. My new school uses Saxon!
3. Math rotations with (hopefully) a little more independent 2nd graders!
Well, head on over to Castles and Crayons and link up.
I can't wait to read about your math schedule.


  1. thanks for sharing this link up, I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is doing. We're making the full CCSS switch in math and using HMifflin (which is what we already used)(just new books).

    I completely agree about the math in the morning. Late afternoon is no good.

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  2. I love having math first thing in the morning! :)
    Hope you love Saxon math!

    Thank you so much for linking up, Crystal!

    Castles and Crayons


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