This year, I got a job in a new district teaching second grade. I have experience from another district where I was fine teaching math. It was even my favorite subject and my students always did well! Now, I am struggling to the point that I am afraid of not having a job again next year I need help with how to set up my math lessons. It seems that every teacher at my school does it differently and I have tried a few different set ups but nothing has worked well. We have the Envisions Math program but we are only supposed to use it as a resource, not actually teach it. We also are supposed to look at several other resources we have available, most of them text books, and pull from them all each day. We also are not supposed to use worksheets... I am finding that difficult for math! I know not to use a ton of worksheets only, but I used to use one or two to help me to see if they understood a concept. In the beginning of the year, I was told to do three group rotations so I tried this even though I have never done it before. I would introduce a concept whole group for 5-10 minutes (whole group is supposed to be very limited) and then break them into 3 groups. One center was a computer math game, one an activity or partner game with manipulatives, and one was meeting and working with me. I had an observation last week and ran math this way and it was awful! Some major problems... the students at the computer were not always staying on the correct game and were exploring the websites for other games that were no longer working on our concept (we talk about this and most students know not to do this, but the few boys that never listen didn't follow that direction). This is more a behavior problem but if I can't control it, I will not be able to keep this as a center. The second center activity wasn't great because some students need extra help and I was busy with another group and couldn't give them help. I pulled a center activity from the Envisions program but they aren't often very great activities. My group wasn't working out because my below level group is extremely below second grade level and couldn't understand the concept even a little bit. It's second grade but there are 5 students who are on the kindergarten level (the school pushes everyone up no matter how behind they are). So I guess even attempting to teach them second grade material was a bad idea since they don't know basic skills (I was trying to start small and teach pretty basic stuff but it was still too difficult). The advice I got was to look up kindergarten standards and teach from that. I guess I am having trouble because I am used to a routine but there is just so much going on in each lesson that I can't seem to get into a routine that works. Does anyone else have experience with not really having a curriculum to teach for math? I have basically been told to look at the common core standards and take ideas from several different resources to teach them. Some teachers create different centers and have students practice the same ones all week. Some have partner games. Some don't do rotations but still pull small groups while the rest are playing games. I am redoing my observation this week and need to figure out something better by then. Not only that, I need help on how to differentiate for the students who don't even recognize numbers. ANY help or advice or ideas on how to structure math each day would be greatly appreciated!